Speaking Out About Possible Research Misconduct: Live and Learn Inc. and Open Excellence/Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

by Will Hall, Monica Cassani, and Dina Tyler In the world of innovations in how we treat survivors of psychiatric crisis, Live and Learn Inc and Open Excellence/Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care do valuable work. Live And Learn is a research company owned by Laysha Ostrow that collects and analyzes data on the viability of alternative mental health treatments, and Open Excellence/FEMHC is a philanthropy started by patients' family members that channels funding into promising projects. They're colleagues with us in the broader "critical psychiatry" movement ((Will was one of the original founding board members of Open Excellence/FEMHC) and we've all known each other for many years. At the same time, after collaborating with Live and Learn and Open Excellence/FEMHC on a past project, we are left very concerned by apparent ethical irregularities, including possibly crossing the line into research misconduct and plagiarism.

Waking After a Lifetime: Ingrid’s Voice

This bodymind named Ingrid has so much to say…and what seeks expression is not just for the sake of my own healing, but to serve as a beacon for anyone on a similar path, who needs to know they are not alone. Mine is a path of emerging from profound trauma, adversity, and lack, and of living in the world as highly sensitive, gifted, neurodiverse, and spiritually awakening. We are the people who so often find ourselves in the offices of professional helpers…and I will write for them, too, as it is imperative that those who would presume to walk with us, understand what actually helps…and be willing to challenge that which does not…even though this will take them straight into the heart of their own pain....

On Stories and Madness, Magic and Meditation

By Leaflin Lore Winecoff Madness comes from over-identification with the stories generated by our minds. Our personal magic is the way that we choose to interact with these stories. Yogas chitta vritti nirodha: Yoga is liberation from the whirlpools of the mind. We've all got stories going on all the time on multi-levels - some... Continue Reading →

Warriorship in a time of pandemic

By Leaflin Lore Winecoff Fruits of a bit of “both/and” thinking, and self-query on warriorship. Perhaps there is something in here for someone. Meditation works and is most powerful when used to create a foundation for real world action and response. Medicine is here to help us and works best when we meet the medicine... Continue Reading →

How to use this site

All posts that contain links that go to beyondmeds.com can be changed by simply putting in bipolarblast.wordpress.com where the beyondmeds.com is in the URL. Thank you for reading. Enjoy. (the site reverted to the old address...the contents are all here but some of the links are broken) The archive menus at the top of the... Continue Reading →

The awakened heart is a broken heart

There's grief in awakening. Grief at the loss of autonomy, grief at the loss of purpose and meaning. Grief at the loss of knowing and certainty, however deluded they were. There's grief over losing one's power, and one's familiar identity. There's so much loss in awakening. When it dawns that there's nothing we can keep, nothing can be retained beyond its prescribed time, and all that we know and love must pass, then a natural grief for all of it can come. And since this knowledge of loss is for all of it, for all time, then that ache of grief is an ever-present refrain, a broken heart, amidst the delight at the miracle and mystery of life. ...

Being human…

What does it mean to embrace our humanity? It means to accept all and reject none. It means that even in the midst of messy, ugly, complicated life that you embrace all of it as part of you. Does a tree reject its gnarly root? ...

How in-charge are we really?

Ready?

Fall in love. Right now.

Make yourself like a food you hate.

Intentionally send those panic attacks and depressions packing. Yes, you’ve probably tried to control feelings a few zillion times before, but surely this time will be the charm. ...

Speed kills…

by Paul Woodward: Social media has fueled a contagious desire for being heard and seen, creating a rush onto a public stage where presence takes on more importance than performance. ...

Remembering my sanity

By Jen Peer Rich For me, waking up to who I am on a deeper level of wholeness is not a spiritual experience. At least not how we in the western mind typically define spiritual. It is much more of a psychological experience where I am being taught in presence by nature, by inquiring into... Continue Reading →

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