Detoxing rape out of our systems. We do it for ourselves and we do it for the collective.

I am 53 years old. I spent the night detoxing from a rape that happened when I was 16. It's no joke -- that trauma embeds in the body if we don't deal with it when it happens. In my day they told us we were crazy and drugged the crap out of us. We tended to comply in our shame and horror. Let's all speak up and put an end to it now. ...

A tale about the inside: violent human rights violations from a typical stay in an American psych ward

Editor's note (Monica Cassani): oddly enough, I too had a brief stay in Ridgeview 15 years ago in which much the same abuse played out. I also entered voluntarily and 5 hours later I asked to leave and they wouldn't let me go at which point it became a forced incarceration, just like it did... Continue Reading →

Resisting-Illegitimate-Authority — By Bruce E. Levine

New book: Bruce Levine has been one of my very favorite authors in the world of critical psych for a long time. He's got a great new book available now. I highly recommend it. This article includes a link to a free PDF excerpt of the book. ....

Mindfulness / Meditation and Complex Trauma: The Rewards and the Risks

What media hype and those selling mindfulness don’t tell you is that mindfulness is a process that can radically transform you, and it’s not always safe, nor is it easy or straightforward. We make it safer by being aware of the risks and learning to listen to our own bodies about when it is or isn’t okay for us. No one else actually knows.

People can now be forcibly drugged in their own homes in every state in the country.

The out patient forced treatment bill passed...people can now be forcibly drugged in their own homes in every state in the country. What tragedy befalls us. This is dangerous legislation. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Part 2 Behind the Walls: psychiatric hospitals in Ireland (Grainne and John’s story here)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-GOjxGiIvU ‘Behind the Walls’ is a two-part documentary series charting the history of Ireland’s psychiatric hospitals. Part one lifts the lid on this vast system – during the middle decades of the 20th century, Ireland led the world in locking up more of its people per capita in mental hospitals, ahead even of the old... Continue Reading →

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