Invitation to dance…music included

Ecstatic movement has been a critical part of my healing. Ecstatic dance practiced with intent is movement meditation. Below is compilation from my favorite “wave” ever. You don’t need to read anything about it…just start moving to the music.  downloadable audio file here:  allison-watson dj'd this collection If you want to learn more about ecstatic dance... Continue Reading →

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Mindfulness / Meditation and Complex Trauma: The Rewards and the Risks

What media hype and those selling mindfulness don’t tell you is that mindfulness is a process that can radically transform you, and it’s not always safe, nor is it easy or straightforward. We make it safer by being aware of the risks and learning to listen to our own bodies about when it is or isn’t okay for us. No one else actually knows.

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Now Available! Will Hall’s Book Outside Mental Health Voices and Visions of Madness

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, "What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?" ...

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Consent and choice: psychiatric drugs

A collection of posts exploring what consent and choice in mental health care looks like today and what it might look like in the future when more meaningful alternatives are actually made available. This post will be part of the navigation menus at the top of Beyond Meds.

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Music and sounds for the soul

I used to hate this sort of new age music…I can’t say that musically I like it now…but on an energetic level my body gets ecstatically chilled out…so good…

I suspect it will depend where one is on their healing journey…I suspect this would have been a major irritant even 6 months ago for me…

so with that as a caveat…try it out … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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The Mental (Illness) system and thoughts on alternatives: a collection

“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

I can’t call the current system of care a “mental health system” when it’s so clearly one that generates, encourages and sustains mental illness. And so I’ve often referred to it as a mental illness system. Here I’m underscoring that as it’s important that we make big changes if we want to help not only the most vulnerable people in our society, but also society itself. We create one another. None of this happens in a vacuum.

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Dark night — healing the shadow and the dark emotions

There is a lot of talk about “light workers” in some spiritual circles these days. I’d like to ask: what about those of us who are doing SHADOW work? The shadow of humanity is that which largely remains unconscious in most human beings…thus, shadow work is very important! Coming to full consciousness demands it.

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Everything matters

EVERYTHING matters. The body you were born with. The body you have today. Your relationships with others and the planet, the food you eat, and the air you breath…. how often you move your body and the thoughts you nurture in your mind and soul.

That is what understanding ourselves as holistic beings entails. Understanding our relationship to EVERYTHING in our environment, what we’re born with and how it’s all connected. It’s not some sort of new age hogwash. It’s just plain and simple reality.

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Nutrient dense head to tail eating

I minimize animal products in my harm-reduction approach to life. I also have brain injury and need some. With the shift into fall it's been more lately. Today for my heavy animal nutrient dense breakfast: organ meats from a whole chicken cooked in butter and sage with 2 eggs on top. The chicken is being... Continue Reading →

Codependent?

Making codependence a pathologizing term suggests difficult situations cannot be transformed while they often can. When they cannot be changed or are dangerously destructive we should move along as necessary. It does seem however that a lot of people don't really understand the nature of commitment which is always hard for everyone some of the time no matter how good the relationship is. (for the rest click through)

Mad Camp 2023 Scholarship Fund!

Go here to help -- gofundmeHello lovely mad people! Hello everyone who has escaped from, is on the run from, is trying to flee, or is in hiding from psychiatry! And hello to all our wonderful allies and supporters! We are Will Hall, Dina Tyler and the Mad Camp crew, survivors of psych diagnosis and... Continue Reading →

Tardive dyskinesia is an infection

It turns out dyskinesia is a recognized symptom of Bartonella, a Lyme disease co-infection. I was right. Tardive Dyskinesia, too, is an infection. I'm pretty sure it always is and not just in my case and I'm collecting studies to go about establishing enough evidence that the medical establishment will stop telling victims of psychiatric drugging that there is no hope. ...

History: somatic oriented therapies and Eugene Gendlin – by Will Hall

Eugene Gendlin was a student of Carl Rogers and probably the single most important influence in the development of what we now call "somatic" or body-oriented therapies (Reich of course as well as others but I'm talking about the contemporary form body oriented therapies take). As the trauma discussion gets more and more medical and... Continue Reading →

Chronic illness, lyme disease, microbiome issues

Chronic “Lyme” is always associated with co-infections. A lot of people have very serious systemic infections that go undiagnosed due to not testing positive for the “lyme” bacteria. Many go untreated because medicine doesn’t want to deal with the diseases it’s created. These diseases are ultimately created by drug resistance brought about by over drugging with pharma that destroy the microbiome in numerous ways. Many people do not succumb to the same micro-organisms if their pharma histories are minimal....

A return from the dead and more on Tardive Dyskinesia (also Lyme)

Why did I mostly stop writing? Because I was dealing with something I no longer knew how to talk about. Mostly because people really don't like reading about disability. All the able-bodied ableists who want to pretend that somehow disability must be the fault of the person suffering from it. Yeah. Lots of my readers too. The comments became unbearable and remain that way. I mostly keep them turned off. I've written a few new pieces on my own idiosyncratic experience of TD. I thought I'd share with you Robert Whitaker's long and well-researched piece. (continue reading, click through)

Intro to Ayurveda (for chronic illness, psych drug withdrawal, TD)

I have gone to practitioners but, Ayurveda, at foundation, is about learning to listen to your body and know how to feed it, move it, rest it and take care of it as needed. That is always our job in the end. I never found a practitioner who could deal with my extreme and multiple issues either. I couldn't even leave my house for 5 years as I was bedridden. I started these practices on my own at home in my bed. I am no longer bedridden. I am no longer nonverbal. I still have tardive dyskinesia and I still love Ayurveda with a profound gratefulness as it helped me be in touch with my body. This is good stuff for anyone in life at anytime. ...

Tardive Dyskinesia is brain injury

Tardive Dyskinesia is brain damage. It is a medically induced (iatrogenic) INJURY caused by 500 different drugs often used in psychiatry, gastroenterology and Parkinsons. People are rarely told of the risk. It's often referred to as a side effect of the drugs. This is offensive. A side effect is not a crippling life long disease... Continue Reading →

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