Trauma and your body

Trauma that is held in the body over time freezes...the healing process requires defrosting...it can be painful...physically and emotionally. (it's also well worth the trouble!) … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Autonomic nervous system dysfunction, protracted psych drug withdrawal, CFS, Fibromyalgia and why I still limit engagement on the internet

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]

Less is often more when it comes to medicine

The Agenda asks: are patients over treated and overprescribed in modern health care? The second of two programs looking at the modern realities of medicine. In support: A medical system where patient harm is part of standard care, yes, here in the USA … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Psychiatric labels and the bigotry/prejudice attached to them

I get really tired of the stickiness of psychiatric labels. In spite of the fact that they are used inappropriately all the time, once people are labeled it's very hard to lose the label and the bigotry and prejudice that accompanies the label. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The Chemical Imbalance, Genetics & Biology of Bipolar Disorder: Myths of Psychiatry

Most, if not all of what most people think about the relationship between genetics, chemical imbalance theory and bipolar disorder is pure myth. This video explains why. (and a collection of links to posts on the chemical imbalance myth) … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The sacred science: shamanism, plant medicine and spiritual ceremonies

"The Sacred Science" follows eight people from all different walks of life, with varying physical and psychological ailments, as they embark on a one-month healing journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle. Working with traditional Shamanic healers, each participant takes an active role in his or her own recovery process - and using a combination of plant medicine and intense spiritual ceremonies and exercises, the barriers between physical health and mental well-being are blurred and eventually eliminated altogether. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Musings on that which gets called mental illness. What is it really?

There is often a debate that goes on between those who embrace psychiatry and those who are critical of it...and everyone inbetween for that matter too...as to whether or not mental illness is real. The spectrum of where one stands on the issue of psychiatry is really very broad and diverse though people like to believe it's always an either/or proposition. Little in life is that black and white even if it's easier to imagine it to be the case. So. Mental illness. Is it real? As I suggested above the answer is not a simple yes or no. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Many medications can negatively impact the brain: Concerns about Anesthesia

Some percentage of us who’ve withdrawn from excessive amounts of psychiatric drugs or in some cases just a bad reaction to one psychiatric drug can become hypersensitive to any and all psychotropic medications as well as any other drugs and many supplements too that cross the blood/brain barrier. There is a spectrum as well with some people having more or less sensitivities. At the extreme, since many of these medicines are used in emergency treatment it’s actually dangerous for us to go to an emergency room even in a true emergency! A doctor who doesn’t understand the nature of the iatrogenic illness some of us have could actually kill us while doing standard care. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Redefining mental illness — Robert Whitaker and Allen Frances on Al Jazeera TV (video included)

Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, discusses with guests: Dr Allen Frances, former chair of the psychiatry department at Duke University and author of the book Saving Normal; and Robert Whitaker, a journalist and author of the book Anatomy of an Epidemic. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Schizophrenia: A drop of sunshine

It may be one word, but it immediately conjures up multiple connotations - mad, incurable, violent, suicidal, chemical imbalances, crazy, a lifelong condition, an inevitable dependency on Medicines. This film questions this negative mainstream view of the condition, and wonders if an alternative destiny for a person with a diagnosis is possible. It charts out the story of Reshma Valliappan, who now lives a fulfilling life, free of medicines. The film explores a controversial, but ultimately empowering, view of the condition, which a small minority of brave psychologists and psychiatrists are beginning to embrace across the world. It also proposes a contrarian approach towards treatment for the condition, where the patient is encouraged and equipped to become an equal partner in the process of healing. (entire film available to view here) with additional commentary and information … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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