I never gave up on the good that was emerging in all that confusion that was labeled and pathologized by psychiatry. I was trying to emerge from the ugly conditioned toxicity of our society. And yeah, that's hard work, especially for traumatized sensitives which, if we've been labeled, drugged and institutionalized by psychiatry, we likely are. Crazy is a necessity if one is to become free. We need to provide safe places for folks to move through it. It is not what psychiatry tells us it is. Not at all. ...
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A collection of links to other posts from the Beyond Meds archives that look at that which gets labeled "bipolar disorder" from different perspectives so that we might be challenged to think outside the psychiatric box.
Here, Robert Whitaker looks at the research that specifically deals with Children -- especially ADHD but also so-called Bipolar Disorder. The evidence is clear: the ethics behind the use of these toxic medications on children is highly questionable. He repeats the information about the studies that have shown that ritalin is essentially long acting speed. The research comes from a very mainstream source. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The "bipolar" diagnosis did me nothing but harm and it tragically results in similar iatrogenic injury for far too many others. There are other ways to view whatever phenomena is getting labeled bipolar and likewise much safer ways of healing. Indeed within the psychiatric model people are told to expect to manage being ill until they die. Many of us have discovered this is simply not necessarily true. It's possible to get well and it seems the psych drugs can seriously impede that process if used for long-term maintenance. Also, it's clear that the collection of phenomena that is labeled bipolar varies from individual to individual and they have many different etiologies. Labeling them as if they are all the same monolithic thing only serves to muddy the waters and often serves to trap the individual in a toxic prison of confusion. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Her brain was not broken. It was a lie. Look at her now. How many people never figure out they've been lied to? I didn't figure it out until I became gravely disabled from the drugs. Please help others learn the truth too before harm comes to them. It's true: There is nothing wrong with you either -- that's a post about a book that deeply influenced me on the same theme. People recover and thrive in spite of having been told otherwise by psychiatry. Learn to heal in the most wholesome way you can. There are many options other than psychiatric pharmaceuticals. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I would also ask what is Bipolar I? And, really, should anything with even that label be treated with long-term psychotropics in any case?
Part 1 and 2 here and part 3 here. Part 4 here. These were originally posted here. This is Keener's amazing story. I hope you will all start picking it up. There are several more installments some of which she is writing just for this blog in order to finish her story. She is completely... Continue Reading →
**consider all “mental illness” are variations on this theme. Not just spiritual emergence but generally a trauma response that needs to be met. And yes, trauma responses change the body too, so it’s also a real physical reality. Everything matters. We are holistic beings. And these disturbances affect all levels and layers of what it means to be human. Becoming conscious (healing) can drastically change how it’s all experienced. ...