Friday, February 28, 2020

Remembering Kate

I first wrote this story of my mother back in 2000, six years after her death. I share it today as my first entry on this important blog, in the hope that people will see that there is another way. In future entries I want to share with you why I don't believe in mental illness and the use of psychotropic medications, and how I believe people who are experiencing emotional distress can get well, stay well, and live the lives they want to live.

Vermont Moves to Community Care After Hurricane Destroys State Hospital

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin "is going to use this tragedy of losing our State Hospital during (hurricane) Irene as an opportunity to deliver the...

Recovery Involves Social Support, Self-Reliance, and Trust

Researchers in Brazil followed sixteen individuals after a first-episode psychotic experience to understand their subjective experience of recovery.  They found that the participants described...

Schizophrenia: Manifestations, Incidence and Course in Different Cultures

Schizophrenia: Manifestations, Incidence and Course in Different Cultures.Jablensky, A. Psychological Medicine, supplement 20 (1992):1-95. The second WHO study was called the Determinants of Outcome of Severe...

The Soteria Project.

During the 1970s, the head of schizophrenia studies at the NIMH, Loren Mosher, conducted an experiment that compared treatment in a homelike environment (called...

Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

Will Hall's Harm Reduction Guide, published by the Icarus Project and Freedom Center.

Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry

Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry is a "book of alternatives around the world. (Ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry, therapists, psychiatrists, lawyers, social scientists and relatives report...

Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw

Protocol for the Treatment of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal, written by Dr. C. Heather Ashton ("The Ashton Manual"), published and available free of charge on Benzo.org. This...

Benzo.org

U.K. based website focussing on benzodiazepine addiction, withdrawal & recovery.

Psychrights

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) is a non-profit public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic legal campaign against...

Coming Off Psychiatric Meds

Comingoff.com is a website that "...aims to give you up to date information about psychiatric medication, how it functions and the withdrawal process. It is...

Beyondmeds.com

Beyond Meds presents alternatives to psychiatry, along with information and support for withdrawal and recovery.

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal and Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome Round-up

Beyond Meds has numerous resources on the topic of psychiatric drug withdrawal and is a starting point for withdrawal information on the web.

Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful Withdrawal From Neuroleptics, Antidepressants, Lithium, Carbamazepine and Tranquilizers

Compendium of experience from 28 people around the world who have gone through withdrawal, along with the contributions of eight professionals on how they...

International Guide to the World of Alternative Mental Health

Alternative Mental Health.com offers a directory of alternative mental health practitioners, a bookstore, support groups, email lists, and a monthly newsletter in support of reducing...

Rufus May

Rufus May, Ph.d., also known as "The Doctor Who Hears Voices," is a clinical psychologist who has also been forcibly hospitalized, medicated, and diagnosed...

Hospital Diversion Services: A Manual on Assisting in the Development of a Respite/Diversion Service...

A manual on creating a peer-run hospital diversion respite house, based on the experience of Rose House and the work of PEOPLE, Inc. (Available...

Coming Off Medication

Article by Guy Holmes and Marese Hudson in Mind Go to "Coming Off Medication"                        ...

Making Sense of Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

Website of Mind, U.K. Go to "Making Sense of Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs"                          ...

Humor As Effective As Medication in Treating Agitation in Dementia

In "the first major study of the impact of humour therapy on mood, agitation, behavioural disturbances and social engagement in dementia," researchers in Australia...

International Review of Psychiatry Focuses on Recovery

The February International Review of Psychiatry focuses on recovery, from mental health "Trialogues" in Austria, to social equality in Canada, to policy shifts from...

Peer-Led Education Improves Recovery and Hopefulness

In a study of 428 outpatients in Tennessee, researchers from the University of Chicago and the NIMH found that BRIDGES, an 8-week peer-run education...

Becoming Dialogical: Psychotherapy or a Way of Life?

"Becoming Dialogical" is a 2011 article by Jaakko Seikkula about the shifting focus in Open Dialogue from speech to the entire embodied human being...

Review of Evidence for Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Depressive Disorders

Researchers in Germany review and evaluate the evidence for non-pharmacological treatment of depressive disorders, finding an "adequate level of evidence" for psychotherapeutic intervention, marital/couples/family...

1 in 4 Adults With a Mental Illness Has Been A Victim of Violence...

In a meta-analysis funded by the World Health Organization and published in The Lancet, studies of 21,500 disabled individuals from Australia, Canada, New Zealand,...

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