On belief and believing…

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

A story to consider:

mandalaBuddha entered a village. A man asked him as he was entering the village, “Does God exist? “He said, “No, absolutely no.” In the afternoon another man came and he asked, “Does God exist?” And he said, “Yes, absolutely yes.” In the evening a third man came and he asked, “Does God exist?”

Buddha closed his eyes and remained utterly silent. The man also closed his eyes. Something transpired in that silence. After a few minutes the man touched Buddha’s feet, bowed down, paid his respects and said, “You are the first man who has answered my question.

“Now, Buddha’s disciple, Ananda, was very much puzzled: “In the morning he said no, in the afternoon he said yes, in the evening he did not answer at all. What is the matter? What is really the truth? So when Buddha was going to sleep, Ananda said, “First…

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

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

I entered into some dialogue with Robert Augustus Masters on Facebook. I have often shared Robert’s work on this blog as I find it often in keeping with my own thoughts although generally he does not speak directly about psychiatry.  See here for more of Robert Master’s work that I share on this blog. 

In the below instance Robert does speak directly to psychiatry, I responded to the below post from Facebook and have included my comments below it.

It is crucial to recognize what is associated with a particular name. If you, for example, assume that I am schizophrenic, then you will likely interpret my current behavior in the context of schizophrenia, or at least in the context of what you’ve been taught or heard about schizophrenia. If you, on the other hand, see the identical behavior, but assume that I’m having a shamanic breakthrough or am…

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Benzodiazepine withdrawal as told by a woman in the midst of it…

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This is a story I know so well and I generally can’t and don’t read stories anymore having read literally 1000s of them now. This video, however, grabbed me and it also brought me to tears. This is my story too. And the story of 100s of thousands of us and yet it’s a story that is still widely denied within psychiatry and medicine in general.

Benzodiazepines are not the only psychiatric drug that create this sort of withdrawal syndrome.

Please educate yourself about psych drug withdrawal syndromes here.

For more information on Benzodiazepines in particular see here: BENZO INFO  (includes news, information on safer withdrawal, and personal stories)

We do recover! See stories on the BENZO INFO page and more stories about all recovery from psych drugs and psychiatric diagnosis here: Drug free recovery from depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc…

I too am…

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Egocentricity is the constant concern with how I feel, what I think, what I’m doing, what I want

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

“OUCH” says my iatrogenically injured self:

etchingEgocentricity is the constant concern with how I feel, what I think, what I’m doing, what I want — looking at what is and seeing it as inadequate. Identity is maintained by the struggle of wanting something other than what is. – Cheri Huber

But it’s oh so very true. Letting go of the narrative/drama that brought me here is imperative. Yes. Letting go is like forgiving. One need not forget, but there is no reason to hang on to any particular story or narrative. And in fact when one can frame one’s experience in a multitude of ways or in no particular way at all, there is great freedom in that.

At this point I can actually appreciate all the great gifts this journey has given me. I understand the nature of reality and the human condition in ways I would never have had the…

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What are the risks of short-term use of psychiatric drugs?

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Another very important thing to consider from CEP.  This video further describes the dangers of having psych meds prescribed by psychiatrists that don’t understand the risks involved.

I think that short-term use is in some cases indicated for crisis situations (at least at this time when there are no meaningful alternatives supported by whatever meager infrastructure of care exists), but the fact remains that without MDs who actually understand the very real risks and dangers even short-term use can be dangerous.

We see many people on the withdrawal boards who find themselves having a hell of a time coming off psych meds even after short-term use. It’s not as common as folks having trouble coming off long-term meds, but it’s not rare either.

These things must be acknowledged if psychiatry is to ever be practiced responsibly.

from: Prof. Sami Timimi, child psychiatrist and visiting professor, University of Lincoln

I posted something yesterday from…

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