Madness made me: “I made meaning, not in spite of my madness, but because of it”

Thanks to the reader on Facebook for sharing this nice short video documentary. Just 3 minutes of packed brilliance: "Down the end of the long polished corridor, Mary O'Hagan comes face to face with the condemning words written about her in her psychiatric files." ... (click title to view and read)

Shades of awakening: when what gets labeled psychotic or hypersensitive is really about becoming conscious

THIS IS HAPPENING NOW...it's day 3...I've listened to a few of the interviews...they're all really good and this is truly an important and cutting edge event...you can still listen for free now and there is an option to buy the whole series. It’s so exciting to see the huge positive response as we bring together these cutting edge thought leaders for 3 days of informative and inspirational interviews covering a range of topics on spiritual emergency, consciousness, and de-stigmatizing mental illness. … [click on title to read and view more]

Listening for the Person within “Madness”

By Ron Unger As we struggle to invent a humane approach to the extreme states that get called “psychosis” or “madness” or “schizophrenia,” it may be helpful to investigate some of the better approaches developed in the past. While these approaches are not without their flaws, they are often surprisingly insightful.  (It can also of... Continue Reading →

A Theological Interpretation of Mental illness-A Focus on “Schizophrenia”

And so I embarked on the darkest journey of my life, one for which neither I nor my husband were prepared. I soon found out that there was no one who could help us. The psychiatrists, even the more sympathetic ones, were not making sense to me. I was coming from the business world and I was not used to accepting superficial answers. They could not tell me what was wrong with Helia and why this had happened to her. They could not answer my challenging questions about the scientific research in the field. The best doctors, the honest ones, would tell me: “We really don’t know what this is, but we are sure that something is wrong with her brain.” But why? “Why are you so sure that it is her brain?” I asked. Their response was, “because it can’t be anything else.” And that is exactly where the problem lay. They could not get out of the box that they were forced into by their guild. Biological psychiatry, in my opinion, suffers from a flawed and reductionist conception of how the human mind works and what might be needed to help it to function optimally when it is not doing so. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Let’s talk about psychosis. Let’s especially learn from those who’ve been there.

Below this post is a collection of links on that which gets labeled psychotic...information, resources, hope and inspiration to heal. This report: Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia – A Valuable, and Free, Online Report which was featured on Beyond Meds the other day is getting a LOT of attention in the UK. This is very exciting. Many are still very afraid to have this very important conversation...the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of people are at stake. … [click on title to read and view more]

Take These Broken Wings — recovery from schizophrenia without drugs (full film here)

Daniel's first film remains my favorite. Maybe just because it was his first and I was so thrilled to see such wonder documented on film. All his films are wonderful, of course. You can view them all online now. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

As holistic beings medical & psychological/spiritual issues are almost always intertwined

Sadly people want to slice the human experience up...all the time...even the most enlightened among us... People want to make out that SOME people really are sick beyond help...it just doesn't hold up...what is apparent is that far too many people don't know how to help those who get labeled with psychiatric illness. Not that they are actually hopeless. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Open Paradigm Project – Lauren Spiro (there was never anything wrong with her)

Her brain was not broken. It was a lie. Look at her now. How many people never figure out they've been lied to? I didn't figure it out until I became gravely disabled from the drugs. Please help others learn the truth too before harm comes to them. It's true: There is nothing wrong with you either -- that's a post about a book that deeply influenced me on the same theme. People recover and thrive in spite of having been told otherwise by psychiatry. Learn to heal in the most wholesome way you can. There are many options other than psychiatric pharmaceuticals. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Immune disorder and inflammation and gut health….implications for many folks total well-being

This article I'm excerpting from below is talking about a topic in reference to that which gets labeled autism, but the subject has implications for anyone with auto-immune issues as well as many sorts of phenomena that get labeled mental illness. As holistic beings this is with some frequency part of the picture that must be addressed for total well-being. I've been writing about diet and nutrition and healing the gut all with an emphasis on minimizing inflammation and how that is important for many people with psychiatric labels since the inception of this blog. This information is not new. It's new to the mainstream. It's been largely dismissed as "WOO." But now the New York Times is finally on getting on board. It's quite interesting to see how these ideas get (tentatively) introduced at these large publications. The fact that the implications here are much larger than they touch on should be noted. An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism

Nonsense and the human experience

  Much Madness is Divinest Sense by Emily Dickinson Much Madness is divinest Sense — To a discerning Eye — Much Sense — the starkest Madness — ’Tis the Majority In this, as All, prevail — Assent — and you are sane — Demur — you’re straightway dangerous — And handled with a Chain —... Continue Reading →

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