By Ann Burgess, Tina Minkowitz, and Pat Risser – We must go beyond alternative treatments

We need to keep creating and developing options beyond alternative treatments, an “underground railroad” of peer respites for crisis opportunities, instead of the same old warehousing, involving hopelessly long and deep interruptions that just lead people to decay and death.

What’s amazing is that we are doing much of this in some places on a shoestring. It is remarkable that people and organizations are stepping forward for a hand up, rather than a hand out. That is the neighborly, paying-it-forward thing to do, not wasting our human resources, which costs everybody.

Combat Arts KC – Beyond Alternative Treatments

 

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“You’re Crazy” Can Be a Compliment

Editors note: Much of this post came from a comment previously published on MadInAmerica.com. The comment was by Marian Goldstein. Because comment copyright ownership is still a matter of debate in the internet era, we’ll be glad to pull this if anyone objects.

It is my experience that whenever our immediate reaction to something is, when we say “You’re“crazy!” we’re actually dealing we’re our own craziness, a block in our own consciousness, usually produced by fear, not another person’s craziness.

We can quote studies and statistics, and understand with our rational mind, “This or that percentage of all children in

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Maria Mangicaro – Check for Physical Causes of Psychiatric Symptoms First

Editors note: Much of this post came from a comment previously published on MadInAmerica.com. The comment was by Maria Mangicaro. Because comment copyright ownership is still a matter of debate in the internet era, we’ll be glad to pull this if anyone objects.

Sticker found in Kansas City. What really defines psychiatric symptoms?

I am concerned with the “Chinese menu” approach, or using the DSM just to match people up with psychiatric symptoms:

1. Are certain individuals in our mental health care system. suffering from underlying medical conditions misdiagnosed as schizophrenia or bipolar? Are they being forced to accept

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Karen Young: All Natural Lupus Recovery

Editors note: This story is written by Ken Braiterman’s neighbor, Karen, about her natural lupus recovery. She uses and sells homeopathic and nutrient products to manage her own natural lupus recovery and her son’s alleged ADHD. Both refuse prescription medicine, which their doctors say is impossible.

If you have ever felt chronic pain and or fatigue in your life, it masters its way into becoming a full time job in your life to defeat it. You keep your ears open to those around you who have been experiencing the same JUST IN CASE you might catch them talking about

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By David Silver – Social Media Games Divide; Rituals Unite

From Monetizing Social Neworks by David Silver. This book tells me how to make our online psych survivor community economically self-sustaining. — Corinna West

“In a capitalistic society, everything eventually becomes a derivative,” Karl Marx wrote in Das Kapital.

We have seen that in the financial market with credit default swaps. And heck, what is a share of common stock anyway?

Now, we see Farmville, a social media game, grossing an estimated $200 millian a year in revenues from the sale of synthetic currency used to buy tractors, goats, sheep, cows and chickens. Yet social games like this are purposeless

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Madness, Mania and Creativity: A Bipolar Search for Identity, Part 1 of 2

by Patrick Sumner

Search for identity: A beat poet

The central question that troubles me is: Who am I? I suppose this question is as old as civilization, but modern medical break-throughs have thrown a new curve into my search for identity.

In my teens, I hung out with the demi-monde of my home town: pimps, prostitutes, punks, junkies and other persons living on the edge. Though I never shot dope, I would sit for hours watching as my friends did, furiously scribbling stream of consciousness poetry in the manner of a self-described latter-day Beat Poet.

In my later

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By Chris Foulke – Use Anger As a Tool

I am totally fed up with the discrimination I see in “Health Care” that masquerades as a legitimate treatment system and is basically a sickness care, disease management, and pharmaceutical distributrion network. As far as health and healthy people go, they don’t want them!

This man from the Ruiz West Pennway Graffiti Gallery in Kansas City might use anger as a tool

That’s us, the drugged, diffused, diagnosed, downtrodden, disease-having, dollar-producing “consumers,” but this is about the whole society, not just people who are physically stressed so that our brains are affected.

The ANGER is a tool, the ripe

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Dee Jacobsen – Why We Need More Peer Involvement

We need more peer involvement in decisions that affect consumer/survivors of mental health services, treatment, and the mental health system. Otherwise, corporate interests driven by a profit motive will be the only voice decision-makers hear on decisions that affect us.

We need more peer involvement in policy making

We must have more peer involvement at the tables of decision-making organizations, more outcomes-based research institutions, policy and regulatory domains, as well as educational institutions!

I attended the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) public input event earlier this year. There were only TWO of us Mental Health Peer Advocates speaking out

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By Sue Westwind — How Mental Illness Can be Cured, through the Natural Nutrient Cycle

 

This is the introduction to Sue Westwind’s book Lunacy Lost.

Sue Westwind

Marie Elton stared at the dust balls revealed by morning light. How did those get there? Hugging a baseboard behind the sectional sofa, dirt in corners always accused her. Their gray, puffy dots marked her secret scorecard: how was she managing house and family? Marie turned on her heel to find a mop. She was not my mother yet.

Agnes’ door was wide open; to Marie, it sounded like the old woman was clearing her throat. Was she congested today? Marie thought she’d check, and padded

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Using Twitter for More than Trivial Exchanges is Quick, Useful, and Fun

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A lot of people think using Twitter is pointless because it’s all just trivial conversations.

However, using Twitter is also a way to share Internet links with 100 or 1000 people that you highly respect, saying, “Here’s an article right along your interests.” It’s like a personalized magazine where you can interact with the authors.

People say they don’t have time for using Twitter, but you really don’t have time NOT to use it in specific and social messaging in general.

Using Twitter does not require you to be home at your computer You can send and

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By Su Budd – Closing SAMHSA is Wrong; People Who Favor It Spread Irrational Fear

This letter to the editor by Su Budd, one of the founders of the mental health civil rights movement, is an answer to an op-ed in the Washington Times by D. J. Jaffee of the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC). Jaffee calls for closing SAMHSA (the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) for not “doing its job” of protecting people from violence by dangerous people with untreated mental illness. Jaffee, TAC, and its founder, E. Fuller Torrey, MD, support forced treatment and confinement.

Dear People,

E. Fuller Torrey M.D.

I am very concerned about a proposal to close

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Please join the debate calling for choice for anti-psychotic use

Subject: Antipsychotics: Time to introduce choice?

Dear Friends and Colleagues

We (Tony Morrison, myself, David Shiers, Doug Turkington) are trying to start a debate around anti-psychotic treatment and choice, drawing attention to what we perceive as a changing cost-benefit ratio. Please find attached our paper published today in BJP, together with a companion piece by the editor, Peter Tyrer.

Whether you agree with our arguments or not, please do consider contributing to the debate: http://bjp.rcpsych.org/letters/submit/bjprcpsych;201/2/83

*Service-user opinions will be particularly important here.*

Please also consider distributing this email and the attached papers around your networks – I’d be particularly grateful

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By Elvia Knoll – My Most Needed Mental Health System Reforms

Access to fresh. organic food is a needed mental health system reform.

These are some of my opinions about what should happen in Mental Health Reform NOW…. and what I’m trying to get our group to have an impact on. These are broad sweeping statements focused on the overall objective and outcome- they are ambitious and they will require community involvement and organization.WHOLE BODY HEALTH & HEALING:

1. MEDICATION TRUTHFULNESS as a partial, transitional solution, rather than as the sole focus of treatment.

a. MEDICATION FREEDOM. the right of individuals to choose to take or not take medications- and

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By Shirazeh Tabibi – Forced Medication and Eating Disorders

 

The eating disorer “bulimia” is binge eating followe by forced purging

It could be my sister, niece, or best friend slowly trying to kill herself with an eating disorder It is a quiet, unintelligent cry for help/suicide attempt. But no treatment works unless the person with the eating disorder wants it to.

Trust me. I’ve had eating disorders..

When I was coming off of my first eating disorder (compulsive eating), and losing weight, everyone on earth said, “Wow! You’re really looking great!” Our society encourages eating disorders in a huge way. Even people who spent 24/7 with me

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By Faith Rhyne – Peer Support in Disease Model Agencies: A Compromise that Helps Many People, Part 1 of 2

Peers at a recovery conference in Kansas

I think it’s best if I begin by acknowledging that I have pro-Peer bias and conflicted feelings about my job doing Peer Support in a disease model agency. I believe most state-funded community mental health centers (CMHC’s) provide poor and harmful disease model care. People in those systems do not support recovery if they are complicit with harm, such as coercive or non-informed “treatment” with dangerous medications and the use of clinical language that supports stigma.

Peer Support in disease-based agencies can challenge the medical model

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