Rethinking Madness: Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening

First posted at Over the past 30 years, the broken brain and chemical imbalance theory of “mental illness” has had mixed results at best.   While sales of psychoactive pharmaceuticals have increased 8000%, suicide and mental health disability rates in the US have also shot up. It’s time we rethink madness. Are there spiritual aspects […]

Rethinking Madness (book now offered FREE)

Rethinking Madness is a wonderful book I’ve written about several times here on Beyond Meds. Paris Williams, the author, is now offering the PDF file of the complete book for free. I highly recommend it. …

Rethinking Depression

The general argument here can be made about all labeled psychiatric disorders. Most often, they are not brain disorders as popularly understood in psychiatry, but instead a combination of many things in our lives and environments intersecting with our bodies, too. … [click on title to read and view more]

Rethinking bipolar disorder

A collection of links to other posts from the Beyond Meds archives that look at that which gets labeled “bipolar disorder” from different perspectives so that we might be challenged to think outside the psychiatric box.

Rethinking depression

for ‪#‎depressionawarenessweek‬ A collection that folks might reconsider what they think they know about depression:
People often want to believe that depression has some distinct pathology. It does not. Clinical depression is very much a garbage pail term for feeling shitty and that may manifest in a large number of ways and have many different combinations of etiologies.

Rethinking bipolar disorder

(Apparently it’s World Bipolar Day…if you need a collection of links to refute some of the tragic misinformation out there…here it is:) There are other ways to view whatever phenomena is getting labeled bipolar. Likewise there much safer ways of treating said phenomena. Most importantly other frameworks can lead to profound healing, something psychiatry doesn’t even believe is possible. Indeed within the psychiatric model people are told to expect to manage being ill until they die. Many of us have discovered this is simply not necessarily true. It’s possible to get well and it seems the psych drugs can seriously impede that process if used for long-term maintenance. Also, it’s clear that the collection of phenomena that is labeled bipolar varies from individual to individual and they have many different etiologies. Labeling them as if they are all the same monolithic thing only serves to muddy the waters and often serves to trap the individual in a toxic prison of confusion.

Rethinking madness

I was thrilled to see that Rethinking Madness, the book by Paris Williams, got a very positive review at PsychCentral. It’s exciting to see that even if it’s happening very slowly, some mainstream psych sources are taking such information seriously and presenting it to their readers. Things are changing, yes.

I’m sharing my brief review about Paris’s book and below that is a video with Paris sharing his personal experience on video. Enjoy. … [click on title to read the rest]

Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis

I just received my copy of Rethinking Madness, which Paris Williams, the author, mailed to me. It’s truly an essential text for anyone who wants to understand the psyche, particularly such phenomena that is considered psychotic and mad.

One of the many things he explores which is critically important, is that even within the field of tranpersonal psychology there is a bias against people who have “genuine” psychosis as opposed to “spiritual emergence.”