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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Lindsay Delventhal – History Of Waveland Historic Museum

February 4, 2017

Daniel Boone, who first came to Kentucky in 1767, was one of the few founders of our state. Daniel Bryan, along with his father William and brother Samuel, came to Kentucky to establish a fort on the north fork of Elkhorn Creek in Fayette County. They then returned to the Yadkin River valley and in the fall of that year, the Bryans, in party with Daniel Boone and his family, returned to Kentucky. The Bryans, and many of their neighbors, settled at Bryan’s Station (Waveland State Historic Site). Success with founding and creating new places ran in the family. Boone’s great nephew, Joseph Bryan, created the 2000-acre Waveland estate in 1844 to 1848. The house was built to “please his father,” Daniel Boone Bryan (Infoplease). It is said that Daniel Boone, himself, surveyed the original piece of land prior to it being his great nephew’s. The Bryans came from North Carolina in approximately 1776 and built the Bryan Station fort in 1779. One of them, Daniel Bryan, a grandnephew of Daniel Boone, founded the plantation (Warren).  Bryan and his son, Joseph Henry Bryan, were successful horse breeders.  Not only were there horse stables on their land, but also two race tracks, a gun shop, distillery, gristmill, manufactured saltpeter for gunpowder. The estate also ran a black shop, a paper mill, opened up a Baptist church and a school for females (Kentucky State Parks). Many profitable and successful achievements were made in the early years of the estate. When the slave trade increased, the estate developed slave quarters for their workers to live. The plantation life, compared to various other slave states and plantations, could have been worse. The estate was a small town in itself so it had a different atmosphere. Having workers on this plantation was just another extravagant thing the Bryans owned during the 19th century.

Source: Lindsay Delventhal – History Of Waveland Historic Museum

Facing the shadow, both the darkness within us and that of others…

January 17, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Rage is nectar from the gods. Rage is Kali. We shun her at our peril.

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Healing for me required learning to hold joy and devastating loss together at the same time. Such is life.

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The dialectic — staying safe and getting our feet dirty both — we need to learn to do that. Lately on twitter there has been a meme about being willing to get into “good trouble.” In these times, I dare say, it’s a necessity to our survival. Be willing to get into good trouble!

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It’s very easy to want to turn away from stories like the one I shared the other day. The one about the woman killing her beautiful, young, innocent child.  I’ve looked away from such stories many times…they’re incredibly painful to consider.

We must learn to be willing to look however, because this is a completely preventable story. It also seems that if we…

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Psych drugs and brain damage

January 16, 2017

Is it worth brain damage to take these?

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

There is an unfortunate belief in some parts of critical psych communities that says that the brain injury that many of us sustain as a result of psychiatric drug use and withdrawal is permanent and irreversible. That we cannot heal from it. The other day I came upon an article written by a highly respected member of this community who was saying that, indeed, what we have on our hands, quite often, is permanent brain damage. Several people spoke up about this prior to my response as well and took issue with this powerful idea and belief because it’s simply not true across the board and it can cause a lot of harm if people believe it. I am sharing only my response and one comment from another member whom I was able to ask permission to print here.

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Physical, mental, emotional – all ONE (Chinese / Ayurvedic systems have known this for millennia)

January 10, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

There are many access points to the whole. Sometimes people concentrate more on different access points…like the psychological, or the physical. I’ve come to concentrate on the whole shebang because I had no choice. It was what was required that I might heal. Different folks have different paths and sometimes only one access point is enough to bring about healing that allows for basic growth and functioning. The only problem is when people imagine their access point is the only one that works and get dogmatic about it. We are endlessly diverse and so there are many different ways to go. Always.

I wrote the below comments for a professional email group I sometimes participate in. It was in response to a thread in which some folks were being incredulous about the idea that viruses or inflammation might be correlated or involved in emotional and/or psychiatric issues. The group’s focus is straight…

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When we are told our experience is too ugly to be heard…

January 8, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

In the wake of the backlash I’ve experienced from having posted: Carrie Fisher’s urn is a giant prozac pill — this is my heart-felt response I wrote:

When people are gravely harmed and they open their mouths to simply share their experience they are told they’re too extreme. …it’s a conundrum…when we are told our experience is too ugly to be heard. We are in essence being told to shut up. The mainstream narrative is dangerous when it comes to psych meds (and many other things)…this needs to be confronted. One way or another. Sometimes it’s scary. This is simply true.

I want to also say that I have great respect for Carrie Fisher who was clearly a powerful woman who spoke her own mind. I have no bone to pick with her. I am confronting the mainstream narrative and media which will use anything to support itself. Carrie was a victim…

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Empaths, empathy, healing and relationships

January 4, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

We might be able to feel other people’s emotions but if we call ourselves empaths when what we do is call difficult folks narcissistic, toxic and unredeemable while running away from their pain — there is no empathy in such behavior. (That is just one example — we can consider any sort of “negative” personality traits or emotions here) There is nothing wrong with self-preservation but then we need to understand what we are doing when we are unable to stand our feelings vis-a-vis another person. The feelings are, when in our body, our feelings too. We feel these feelings because they are part of what being a human being is.

All human beings have the capacity for all feelings. The only way we can actually develop empathy and earn the right to use the word empath is to dare to deeply feel these feelings and in so doing TRANSMUTE…

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