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- Psychiatry & Alternative Views
- Diet and Nutrition
- Self help/Therapy
- Miscellaneous stuff
Some favorite books:
Woman Code: I wish I had this book when I was 16 and had my first episode of endometriosis pain (which landed me in the emergency room and later included multiple surgeries). That episode was the first screaming sign my hurting body gave me that things were not right with my hormones and endocrine system. Later every psychiatric hospitalization I had (they came to an end by my mid 20s) was associated with my premenstrual phase.
The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel van der Kolk, on how trauma impacts the body/mind. – “Mainstream trauma treatment has paid scant attention to helping terrified people to safely experience their sensations and emotions. Medications such as serotonin reuptake blockers, Respiridol and Seroquel increasingly have taken the place of helping people to deal with their sensory world. However, the most natural way that we humans calm down our distress is by being touched, hugged, and rocked. This helps with excessive arousal and makes us feel intact, safe, protected, and in charge. Touch, the most elementary tool that we have to calm down, is proscribed from most therapeutic practices. Yet you can’t fully recover if you don’t feel safe in your skin. Therefore, I encourage all my patients to engage in some sort of bodywork, bet it therapeutic massage, Feldendrais, or craniosacral therapy.”
Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition. The reason I was drawn to this work is because Paul Pitchford understands my experience with food as psychedelic and about food “reactions” having correlates in the psyche. Reactions that remain biological and physiological realities that can even be deadly at times. They act like true allergies. Healing requires engaging body/mind and spirit all. I love that this is intrinsic to his work.
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America — During the past 20 years, the number of people on government disability due to “mental illness” has soared, rising from around 1.25 million people in 1987 to more than four million today. The number of children on the SSI rolls due to severe mental illness has increased more than 35-fold since 1987. Those numbers tell of an “epidemic,” and the book then asks this heretical question: Could our drug-based paradigm of care be fueling that epidemic?
Wherever You Go, There You Are — A great book by Jon Kabat-Zinn that introduces mindfulness in a wonderfully accessible way.