I am, now, grateful that I was forced onto what was often a heinously difficult path that psych drug withdrawal created because in the end, it was the only way for me to truly and deeply heal. The drugs weren't just a dead end for me, they were slowly driving me downhill to my spiritual death. Getting off that ugly merry-go-round involved facing far worse in the short term but on the other side now, I see a freedom that simply wouldn't have been possible if I'd stayed on those drugs. My experience is shared by many others. Again, if it's not resonant for someone, that too is okay. I do not write assuming that all I say will have meaning for everyone. We are all on different paths. … [click on title to read and view more]
An article in Scientific American is entitled, Panic Attack Sufferers Are Unaware of Symptoms: Panic attacks seem to come out of nowhere but research finds symptoms appear up to one hour before the sufferer is aware of the attack. The conclusion of this article ends with a statement and a question: The study authors note that this lack of awareness may explain why meds work better for sufferers than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy does: How is the patient supposed to work on something that they are unaware is already in progress? Why is it assumed that people need remain unaware of their physiological experience?
By Al Galves In its section on Anxiety Disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) doesn’t include a state of being that is consistent with what we mean when we use the word “anxiety” in everyday conversation. Rather, it includes disorders which are more extreme than that – Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Posttraumatic... Continue Reading →
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 →