I introduce the work of Dan Neuffer in another post. He's done a brilliant job documenting and explaining how the autonomic nervous system appears to be of foundational concern for CFS, ME and fibromyalgia. I made the link that it's clear that protracted psychiatric withdrawal syndromes, too, also fall into his theory very neatly. It's worth reading the initial post and viewing Dan's videos that are in that post. His book is excellent too and anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the issues should read it. I've not seen anyone else pull together so many of the issues I think about and talk about on this blog in one dynamic whole. What a joy to find it. He understands deeply how everything matters. This holistic understanding of our natures and particularly this illness, is the cornerstone to how I'm healing. I share my healing story in the article on Mad in America here: Everything Matters: a Memoir From Before, During and After Psychiatric Drugs … [click on title for the rest of the post]
This one is for folks living with chronic illnesses of all kinds. I was struck physically ill from the brain-injury and systemic insult incurred by long-term and excessive (prescribed) psychiatric drug use and the subsequent withdrawal from the drugs (iatrogenesis). Many of my symptoms are like that of all sorts of auto-immune and other long-term chronic illness. (CFS, fibromyalgia, etc) These are articles about learning to cope with being seriously ill and also learning to heal from such illness.
Fibromyalgia and bipolar are often associated with one another and it's undeniable that people with both diagnosis are common. What is not being looked at is the fact that many people develop fibromyalgia symptoms (chronic pain) as a result of psychotropic drug use and where I see it most often is among people who've made the connection in withdrawal groups online. It most often CLEARS up after one is free and clean from the drugs for some time.