New study: stopping psych meds is difficult, but most “satisfied with choice”

“Despite numerous obstacles and severe withdrawal effects, long-term users of psychiatric medications can stop taking them if they choose. Individuals who discontinue report that self-care and social support help, but mental health professionals could be more helpful.” …

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Pharmaceuticals suppress symptoms…(and thus lie to us)

Western medicine with it’s penchant for suppression is a real political force. In suppressing the body’s cries we are also denying the psyche. One need only look at US political process and our communities rife with racism, sexism and homophobia to see what this denial has created. Pharmaceuticals suppress symptoms and then keep one in the maintenance mode, creating customers for life and guaranteeing no real healing. …

Rethinking Madness: Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening

First posted at Crazywisefilm.com Over the past 30 years, the broken brain and chemical imbalance theory of “mental illness” has had mixed results at best.   While sales of psychoactive pharmaceuticals have increased 8000%, suicide and mental health disability rates in the US have also shot up. It’s time we rethink madness. Are there spiritual aspects […]

Who in America is asking, “Why?” Why are Americans so sad?

We need drugs to escape loneliness. We need drugs to tolerate company. We need drugs to feel and drugs to keep from feeling. We need drugs to fall asleep and drugs to get out of bed. Why? Our politicians, and moviemakers, and Evangelical ministers, and doctors, and professors are not asking that question of America. …

Anatomy of an Epidemic now just $1.99 — please read it (Kindle)

Right now, the Kindle edition of Anatomy of an Epidemic is on sale for $1.99. It is a must read for anyone who has any interest in psychiatry and mental health in America and therefore the rest of the world. The United States sadly exports this dangerous system of care all over the world. … [click on title to view more]

It gets better: Dear psychiatrist part two

I am a completely different person from when I wrote the below piece. Shaped by what I was then, but completely different in a positive sense. Today as I write this I’m having a bit of a flare which is part of the healing process, so it remains not an all or nothing thing, yet the way I experience everything now is different. Life is always good even when it’s painful and difficult. Having that capacity is a gift as far as I’m concerned and also a sign of inherent wellness. … [click on title for the rest of the post]