Bridging the Patient-Professional Divide

We are all, every one of us, in this wonderful and mysterious thing called life. And all of us are struggling in various ways to make sense of it. Is there really such a difference between someone trained as a clinician and a client? I think not.

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Everyone is mentally ill

I think that instead of denying mental illness at the individual level (for some good reasons like lack of lab work indicating any sort of markers of any actual disease) it’s time to recognize that everyone is mentally ill…and some of those most impacted are psychiatrists and other officials of the state who harm those of us who are more conscious…not less. Our society and world is sick…the individuals who are most sensitive are canaries in the coal mine. We all need help and we all need healing. Everyone on the planet needs to come to consciousness should we wish to save our species as well as a lot of others too.

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The apex and decline of evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatry

By Brent Potter, PhD — I am grateful to be alive during to see the apex and decline of evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatry. Honestly, I didn’t think that I’d see anything like it in my lifetime. It was looking pretty daunting for a while, but we’re not only making substantial progress, but winning. — Please don’t mistake me—we have plenty more to do. We’re not in the clear yet, but we’re light years ahead of where we were roughly 20 years ago. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Neuroplasticity demonstrated. This is very cool.

This is really fascinating and very simply demonstrates how neuropathways work in neuroplasticity. We can heal our brains and change a whole lot of things about our mental health because of neuroplasticity. It’s good to understand something about it because it really allows for all sorts of great hope. And for me, since I started applying such methods to recovering from the iatrogenic brain injury incurred from psych drugs, I actually see it happening. Very exciting. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Becoming our truest selves with one another

Below I’ve collected a few status updates from the Beyond Meds Facebook page in the last few days. I’ve cut and pasted them here and then added links to posts that discuss the status update more in depth.  *** The body needs to speak too. Suppressing physical symptoms by any means possible can be the […]

Inequality and injustice are trauma. Racism is trauma.

After the last post on race, I was told by a reader to “stick to the subject” (of the blog) instead of dealing with racial issues. The ensuing comment thread was rather interesting and sometimes rather dismaying.

Racial issues and societal problems (as well as more immediate familial problems) are at the foundations of our mental health and we’re all connected…if you’ve not heard that as the crux of the message on Beyond Meds I’ve certainly not done my job. Inequality and injustice of all kinds are toxic to mental wellbeing.

Racism as a system is a source of trauma to everyone involved in the system. Inequality and injustice are trauma. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Psychiatry retains power despite lost scientific credibility

Influential “thought leader” psychiatrists and major psychiatry institutions, by their own recent admissions, have been repeatedly wrong about illness/disorder validity, biochemical causes, and drug treatments; and also, in several cases, have been discovered to be on the take from drug companies—yet continue to be taken seriously by the mainstream media.

While Big Pharma financial backing is one reason that psychiatry is able to retain its clout, this is not the only reason. More insidiously, psychiatry retains influence because of the needs of the larger power structure that rules us. And perhaps most troubling, psychiatry retains influence because of us—and our increasing fears that have resulted in our expanding needs for coercion. … [click on title for the rest of the post]