Archive for April, 2017

The IT GETS BETTER SERIES

April 30, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

See the series hereIT GETS BETTER” 

This collection was created with the intent to help those who are currently dealing with the iatrogenic (medically caused) injury from psych meds…so that they might know that we can heal from it all. The series was a weekly occurrence for some time a few years ago now.

The series is also intended to help educate the masses to the realities that so many of us face. Protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal is real. It’s also sometimes gravely disabling. The fact is it’s largely denied in the medical community. We are routinely blamed and told that the experience is psychiatric…this leads to more drugging and sometimes forced drugging with the very drugs that have harmed us. This must end.

We have no societal support when we are coming through this heinous process more often than not…many people have no familial or community support whatsoever. This…

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Psychiatric labels don’t make sense anymore (part 2)

April 30, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

You know what I liked best about the interview I did the other day? (from 2014) I didn’t use clinical terms when I talked about mental distress…and I didn’t do that on purpose…I truly don’t think in terms of psychiatric labels anymore. They are meaningless to me and my language supports that.

a friend responded with this:

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

If you didn’t hear the interview it can now be listened to on youtube:

I speak about my personal recovery process from the severe iatrogenic damage the psychiatric drug withdrawal caused. (see: Monica’s story: the aftermath of polypsychopharmacology)  I also speak to the need for major changes society wide in the delivery of care to those in mental distress as well as the risks involved in not making those changes. We are…

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The worst thing about being a woman

April 22, 2017

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According to Shania Twain, the best thing about being a woman is “the prerogative to have a little fun.” Meanwhile, according to Caitlyn Jenner, the worst thing about being a woman is “figuring out what to wear” (hint: “men’s shirts, short skirts,” apparently).

Somewhere between these two extremes we find the entire range of female experience – or we would, were it not for the fact that female experience cannot be categorised in any way, shape or form. There are infinite variations thereof and to pin down anything at all is to exclude. Hence it turns out even Shania and Caitlyn are on dodgy ground. What about women who aren’t allowed to have fun? What about naturists? Not every woman wears clothes, Jenner, you bigot!

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“Pseudo-Autism” as a result of psych drug injury (another consideration in protracted withdrawal syndrome from psych meds)

April 11, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

This post discusses a very important issue that is simply not widely understood by pretty much anyone in mental health circles…critical or otherwise. I look to these injuries from many different frames and windows…this one comes up again and again for me whenever I encounter autistic folks. 

I found this article at Mad in America quite fascinating and on point. I hadn’t heard the term pseudo-autism but it’s exactly my experience too. I’m sharing the link to the article and my comment in response to the article here. Please go visit Mad in America to read the article:  When Modern Medicine Made Me More Autistic

I left this comment on the post at Mad in America:

oh wow, I love this. Pseudo-Autism…I noticed a long time ago in my recovery process from psych drug injury that I had much in common with folks who identify with the autistic label. I…

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