This site documents and shares many natural methods of self-care for finding and sustaining health in body, mind and spirit. This blog also deals with wider issues in the socio/political and spiritual realms as they pertain to mental health and human rights issues surrounding psychiatry.
My own experience as both (now – ex) patient and a mental health professional allows for some interesting and sometimes uncomfortable insights into the mental health system in the United States.
The blog and the content has evolved over time. The archives reflect that.
I have seen the system from both sides – as a social worker and as a person whose life was severely ruptured by psychiatric drugs. I write critically about the system, as well as about holistic pathways of healing without medication. Beyond Meds documents and shares many natural methods of self-care for finding and sustaining health in body, mind and spirit.
Updated note: It has become clear to me that there are as many ways to live well and be healthy as there are human beings. I’m all about people finding their own way. If the reader resonates with what is shared here, then this blog is for them. If there is no resonance or a negative resonance they can go on their way. And the same goes for when I seek out information. Resonance in the body/mind/spirit is a form of guidance. I trust it. I’ll trust yours as well. It’s okay if the information on this website isn’t helpful to you at the moment and if it is, well, then welcome.
For an introduction to the scope of this site in general there is a drop-down menu at the top of the page. I continue to work on presenting the archives for easy access. There are well over 5,000 posts on the blog now, many of which remain topical. It’s an ongoing job so the navigation menu is always under construction. Visit often to check for additions.
The archives of this blog now span over eight years. They are a record of a time in my life when I was learning and transforming at a rate unlike any other time in my life. I say this as a way of disclaimer. In the earlier years of this blog I am processing shock and dismay. In the early years I am undisputedly angry. I have worked out much of that and see things in a much less judgmental manner now. This continues to evolve. I sometimes want to take down old posts because they no longer convey how I feel, but I realize that they may still be helpful to people who are going through something similar now. The journey got me to where I am today, it’s just odd to have some of it in writing here for all to see.
Honors & Awards
The Best Depression Blogs of the Year 2017 – Healthline
Informed by her experiences as an ex-patient and mental health professional, Monica Cassani runs Beyond Meds, a resource for people seeking alternative treatment for mental health issues. Although not unique to depression, content on Beyond Meds maintains a particular focus on natural methods for self-care and healing. Posts on depression include thoughtful pieces like “Depression as Pain” and explorations of nonmedication treatment options. If natural remedies and alternative treatments pique your interest, Beyond Meds is a great place to start. Visit the blog or tweet her @ParadoxNow_
Top Mental Health Blog 2017
The Best Mental Health blogs from thousands of top Mental Health blogs in our index using search and social metrics.
Top Mental Health Blog 2016
The Clearing: Non 12-Step Dual Diagnosis Care
These writers are terrific teachers and experts in their field, often sharing first-hand experiences, challenges and success stories. We respect their work and contributions to greater mental health understanding.
Best Depression Blog 2016
Livestrong.com – Healthline
Monica Cassani is a self-described critic of the system and of the psychiatric drugs she once (took). She offers advice and support for those who wish to treat their mental health issues without pharmaceuticals, and documents the stories of other people who have come off their medication.
Best Depression Blog 2017 Healthline
Fortunately, many caring bloggers take to the Internet. These writers share their experiences of coping with and treating depression. You can turn to these inspirational writers for support, encouragement, and understanding.
Mary Karon Memorial Award for Humanitarian Concern
The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP)
Mary Karon Memorial Award for Humanitarian Concern and Reaching Out to Others
Distinguished Service for the Mission of ISEPP
ISEPP: The International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry
Must Read Medical Blog Award
Health and Life
“Beyond Meds is not always an easy to read blog. But what makes it a winner is how it grabs you by the throat and gets your attention. And once it gets your attention, Beyond Meds teaches you something.
Sometimes controversial, a visit to Beyond Meds certainly wakes you up.
Most Inspirational Blog
Asheville Blog Awards December 2008
Best Depression Blog 2013
The Depression Treatment Center
“Finding the best blogs on depression and depressive disorders can take a lot of time and can be depressing all on its own. We have compiled a list of the best blogs on depression that you can keep an eye on without having to do your own searching. Each one has been selected based on quality of information as well as how frequently it is updated. We know that you will find these quality blogs to be just as informative as we do and well worth reading.”
Best Advocate for Mental Health and Wellness
Australia Counselling decided to search the internet for the best bloggers throughout the world who advocate for mental health and wellness. So here are our top 34.