A Memoir From Before, During and After Psychiatric Drugs

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I posted a top ten post list from 2013 a few days ago. I realized today that an article I posted at Mad in America in May would have actually been the number one post given the amount of traffic it got over there.

Since it was never published here on Beyond Meds I figured I’d share it here for anyone who might have missed it.

first published May 11, 2013 at Mad in America

Everything Matters: a Memoir From Before, During and After Psychiatric Drugs


This photo was taken about 6 months before my fall into psychiatry. I was 19 years old. I was an athlete. I swam, cycled, and ran most days and was training for a triathlon. That was a dream that never came to fruition. The psych meds can not only put weight on regardless of how you otherwise care for yourself, they also tend to…

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Epic Fail: The Legislation of Involuntary Mental Health Treatment

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By Faith Rhyne

Last week, Rep. Tim Murphy (PA) introduced the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013 to Congress and almost simultaneously mental health and disability rights advocates voiced their opposition to the proposed legislation with a statement from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

The bill, as many people who follow what’s happening in mental health law know, calls for the enactment of assisted (involuntary) outpatient commitment laws at the Federal level and is purportedly crafted to ensure the safety of those deemed “severely mentally ill” by giving families, courts and mental health providers increased authority to commit individuals to outpatient treatment. This may involve supervisory case management and compulsory treatment with whatever psychiatric drugs may be prescribed, while also granting family members or guardians the legal right to access an individual’s medical records.

This legislation, were it to pass, would divert funds from recovery-oriented…

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Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery

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From BBC:

"Rock Of Ages" Press ConferenceBrand meets a whole range of people from whom he draws insights – scientists at the cutting edge of research into the psychology of addiction, those involved in innovative recovery treatments and drug addicts themselves.

Is addiction a disease? Should it be criminalized? And is abstinence-based recovery, which worked for Brand, a possible way forward? In this documentary Brand challenges conventional theory and practice as well as government policy in his own inimitable style, confronting the reality of addiction head on.

Along the way he draws on his own experience to try to help one of the addicts he meets to take the first steps towards recovery. Armed with his own heartfelt beliefs and new insights gained during his journey, Brand has the opportunity to change the hearts and minds of policy makers when he is invited to give evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee investigating the…

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Champion of the psyche and renegade therapist

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James Hillman on Archetypal Psychotherapy & the Soulless Society

Revisioning psychotherapy because psychology is afraid of reality! And don’t some of us know this from having been harmed by those who were afraid.

drawing_hillmanTherapy is set up to help the “disturbed.” Sometimes the psyche upsets us in order to allow us to go further…mental health care is thus misguided in that it tries to get rid of distress. We need to instead come to understand why the distress is there and work with it as guide and teacher. 

More posts that feature James Hillman on Beyond Meds:

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The Body Keeps the Score (part 1)

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By William Harryman

Bessell van der Kolk – The Body Keeps the Score (My Notes, Part 1)

Bessel VDKThe title of this talk is the nearly identical to that of a new book from Bessel van der Kolk due out in June, 2014 –The Body Keeps the Score(pre-order at Amazon). I will be excited to see this new work – his research in the recent years has focused on yoga, tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique), chi gong, and neurofeedback, among other body-centered modalities for healing trauma.The Body Keeps the Score

What follows are my notes, as best as I can make them sensible from today’s 3 hour talk.This is part one – part two will follow soon.

The Body Keeps the Score 

In the 1920s, Pavlov’s lab was flooded and his dogs ended up standing in cold water for two days before being “rescued.” During this time they were…

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“Hypersensitivity” has it’s good points (chanting om)

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omRecently I’ve been listening to some lovely audio files by Music for Deep Meditation. Specifically a whole album of songs that take one through the chakras while chanting OM.

It’s been phenomenally heart opening and beautiful and intense and healing. Listening to this ancient sound while in meditation seems to assist in the grounding and revelatory experience both. It’s clear many folks find these sounds helpful. I’m coming to appreciate what gets labeled “hypersensitivity.” In this instance it’s a lovely and profound grace to be able to utilize what might also be considered “sound therapy.” I call it learning to live well. With this body and these capacities.

I am learning to embrace my experience in this body. I’m grateful today for that which is often considered a negative. Sensitivity can be a wonderful gift.

Here is a taste of something similar to what I’ve been listening to. Enjoy.

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