empathy, awareness of the body, SNRI withdrawal and self-inquiry…(collected brief thoughts on various things)

sometimes I feel as powerful as I feel helpless other times. I felt somewhat helpless when I first mused about the ridiculousness of academics and scientists thinking they’re onto something brand new when we’ve known some of this stuff for many years. Today I feel powerful BECAUSE I’ve known this stuff for so many years and I continue to heal. As I continue to heal what I know becomes embodied. …

Traumatic brain injury/pharmaceutical brain injury (protracted withdrawal) — very similar apparently

I came across an article that’s very extensive and actually quite helpful in terms of tips  and validation about the vast myriad of possible manifestations of injury after an insult to the brain.  It’s written about  the more conventional  traumatic brain injury, you know, car accidents and violent blows to the head.  You will see that  our pharmaceutical brain injuries  are very similar in terms of “symptoms” and I think sometimes we have additional really horrible  strange somatic stuff that defies articulation …

Justice for those harmed by psychiatry…

We’ve gone to a local church twice for their Sunday service. It’s very close by and they vocally embrace and invite marginalized populations…ie: the homeless, victims of domestic violence, all people of color, and the LGBTQ communities. They also have a prison ministry etc etc. Totally into Social Justice, right? …

“Change your thinking, change your life.” ha ha – our mind is a wild monkey gym

“Change your thinking, change your life.” — that’s a common message and mantra in our new age soaked modern world. Let’s unpack it. There may be some truth to this statement but it’s also far more complex than most people understand.

Anyone who has done any amount of serious meditation will have come to know that we don’t control our thoughts. We don’t control our thoughts or our feelings. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from trying!  …

The biggest issue we face: #WorldMentalHealthDay

The biggest problem in mental health treatment is the idea that anybody need be treated at all. What people really need is a safe space to be who and what they are. Once people are in a safe place they simply need to be supported in trusting their own process. …