Have an adventure every day!

This weekend we competed in The Trashboat Regatta. I like to have an adventure every day…. and this was mine. I hauled the boat down to the river and when I got there people asked if I knew a 1000 mile swimmer was going in. I put a note on his Facebook page and asked him to visit the conference I was at on the river over the weekend.

Me with Dave Cornthwaite and Ben Stiff from his crew. Alicia Staley is on the right. We all want to adventure every day in patient advocacy

It was kinda deja

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The Sacred Fire Community: Taking a Stand for the Planet

by Gwen Broz, D.O, and Marakame in the Huichol Tradition.

Gwen Broz

Editor’s note: Our Alternatives 2012 psychiatric survivor community is working on the same thing as the Sacred Fire Community but from slightly different angle: When people come awake and alive, sometimes it hurts and they can get sidetracked away from the necessary personal and spiritual transformation.

Listen to this awesome webinar from The Sacred Fire Community: http://sacredfirecommunity.org/blog/hear-eliot-cowans-webinar-about-taking-the-stand/

Recently Eliot Cowan, author of Plant Spirit Medicine, gave a talk on taking a stand for our planet and why this is so important for our continued existence. Eliot is

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How to get full medication information from your health care providers

Many times people don’t know the complete details of their medications. Some people just know of their meds as pink pills or white pills or square pills. One of our more popular blogs was questioning why some people are so ignorant about the meds they take. This is a follow up blog about how to get full medication information.

1. Ask questions.

If you have trouble reading the slips provided by the doctor, to get full medication information, you can keep talking to the doctor or pharmacist. Once I had to tell a doctor that my appointment time was important

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UPDATE: Why So Many People Are Ignorant About Psych Meds They Take

Editor’s note This blog ,by Diane Engster, was first posted August 18, 2012, without documentation. As editor, I take full responsibility for the oversight, which several readers called to our attention. We are updating the blog now, with documentation.

Whenever possible, WellnessWordworks.com embeds our documentation as links in the in the text, not a list of references at the end. This enables the reader to click on the link, and look at the reference, without leaving the original page of the blog entry. In this video, Wellness Wordworks founder and creative director Corinna West discusses the importance of documenting all

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Elvia Knoll and Ken Braiterman: Two Workaholics Discuss Workaholism

Workaholism is unsustainable, the authors agree

I haven’t figured out how to be an advocate, and do this work, without burning out every few months. In a very good article by Ken Braiterman about strength-based recovery and peer support, he mentioned his workaholism.

What hit a chord for me was when he said that, earlier in his life, “my life was my work, and my work was my job.”

I am like that. Everything runs together like a big clump of things that intertwine. I don’t have a good work schedule sometimes, and then i feel like

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Your Reaction to Post-Traumatic Feelings and Behavior Is Your Choice

Post-Traumatic Feelings

Lasting reactions to post-traumatic feelings, are natural, normal, and justified. But how those feelings about horrible events in the past affect your life in the present is your choice.

The reactions you choose to post-traumatic feelings can be the difference between emotional growth, a socially useful, personally satisfying life, or lifelong bitterness, and stagnation — being a permanent victim, or becoming a survivor.

It’s never too late to become a survivor (I did at 50), and nobody is too traumatized to make their post-traumatic feelings less crippling., even if they never completely go away.

I know people

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Cut Sugar and Stop the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic, Part 2 of 2

Testing, sometimes several times daily, or more for Diabetes 2

The number of children with Type 2 diabetes has more than tripled since 1980. The epidemic tracks a similar increase in childhood obesity exactly. Not only can these conditions ruin these children’s lives, and kill them young. The chief cause is the amount of sugar we eat every day.

Eating sugar is an individual choice that burdens the whole society with higher taxes and insurance premiums, overcrowded hospitals, disability benefits, and lost productivity. You can decide to eat it, but the rest of us can’t opt out of paying

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The Sacred Now, and the Scared, Scarred Mind

The Sacred Now: The Passover Traditional Meal (Seder)

Have you ever experienced a moment when your mind was quiet. still, and had nothing to say? Have you ever noticed that your mind pictures what’s coming as far worse than it turns out to be? And have you ever realized that your mind is truly boring and repetitive and drives you nuts?

Welcome to the growing realization that the Mind has outgrown it’s place in a balanced world. Without the mind, we are present in the Sacred Now. We can directly experience the world as it is being created, and

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How Peer Specialists Can Help People Connect to Faith Communities

Helping peers connect to faith communities

Almost everyone needs to connect to at least one community, whether they’re going through trauma and emotional distress or not. With rare exceptions, isolation is lonely, ultimately unsustainable,and sometimes dangerous. You can’t build your sense of self-worth in isolation.

People often connect to faith communities, which provide a community connection, social support, and a spiritual life — three things that help people in distress get through to the other side.

For people dealing with long-term emotional difficulty, making community connections can be extra hard, because they often have low opinions of themselves, and

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Some Risks of Anti-Depressants, and Alternatives That Help Many People to Them

What are some risks of anti-depressants?

Editor’s Note: This is adapted and anonymized from a conversation on Facebook. People are speaking from personal experience, and whatever studying they have done, about the risks of anti-depressants, and several non-medical alternatives that help them.

Wellness Wordworks is not opposed to psychiatric medication. We support informed choice with all medical treatments. Anti-depressants help many people in the short-term, but recent studies of long-term users show many disturbing outcomes.

To avoid the risks of anti-depressants, you might wish to withdraw from them. That can be tricky, and occasionally dangerous. We recommend that you

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How to Deal with a Hospital Bill Collector

This is a discussion from a Facebook group that we had permission to re-post.

Q: I just got a notice from a lawyer saying that they are demanding payment in full for my hospital bill. It went from the hospital to collections to the lawyer. Supposedly, I “failed” to respond to “frequent demands” from the hospital.

Hospital Bll

Actually, I called them frequently (even the number/extension/name of the person I was given). I got to a voice mail system which did not allow me to leave a message. It said the hospital will get back to you. I could

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A Proven Way to Recover from Loss in Stages With Support (Like Jews Do)

People who suffer serious emotional distress usually experience a lot of loss. Recovery often involves setbacks and loss. It’s usually a good idea to take time to recover from loss, absorb it, and come to acceptance, rather than stuff the pain, or deny it.

Many people “recovering from mental health treatment” (misdiagnosis and medication), feel a need to mourn the lost time and needless pain they suffered when they were “patients.”

Unless you take time and effort to recover from loss, the pain can fester, get worse, become permanent, affect other parts of your life, and come out at times

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I Think “Anonymous” Will Completely Recover From Hitting Bottom

Understanding Why You Hit Bottom Allows You to Completely Recover

This blog started as a comment on Anonymous’s moving story of his damaging depression and hospitalization, and what the experience taught him about preventing another one. ButAnon said he’s not sure he’ll ever completely recover.

I started writing about why I think he will. I soon realized it was a separate blog, not a comment.

Anon says his creative spark has been dulled, and he’s not sure it will ever come back.

I’m almost certain Anon will completely recover his creative spark, especially since he’s been completely off psych

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Learning the Difference Between Happiness and Mania Was Hard But Essential

Happiness and Mania

The day I was invited to write regularly for Robert Whitaker’s website, Madinamerica.com, alongside the best mental health writers in the country, I felt like I’d been called up to the Major Leagues.

But my first thought was to make sure I did not confuse happiness and mania.

I felt honored, recognized, and very proud. But 30 years after my last manic attack, I still worry that sudden flattering happiness might lead to exhilaration, then mania.

So before I raced to the laptop to start my first blog for him, or tell my friends the wonderful

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Liza Faith Casey – Mobilizing My Spirituality, Wellness, and Work

Spirituality, Wellness, and Work: New York's Central Park, A Man-Made Environment God Would Be Proud Of

I found a mini-scrapbook of “creative dreams,” which could be my partial definition of recovery. It’s a list of what I want to accomplish, through spirituality, wellness, and work, and what gets in my way.

What I Want to Achieve Through Spirituality, Wellness, and Work

1. Build or create something new

2. Help people discover Jesus!

3. Help people live healthier, more productive lives

What Interferes With My Daily Growth

1. Being asked to compromise or sacrifice moral and/or professional standards

2. Others

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