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 claims
Continue reading UPDATE: Why So Many People Are Ignorant About Psych Meds They Take
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
Continue reading By Shirazeh Tabibi – Forced Medication and Eating Disorders
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 or reinforce it, depending on
Continue reading By Faith Rhyne – Peer Support in Disease Model Agencies: A Compromise that Helps Many People, Part 1 of 2
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
Continue reading Your Reaction to Post-Traumatic Feelings and Behavior Is Your Choice
David Hilton Would Not Take Care of Himself
My Mentor Was A Giant in the Mental Health Empowerment Movement
Note: David Hilton, Part 1 looks at David Hilton’s contributions to the mental health empowerment movement, and being my mentor and partner in New Hampshire.
When facts and experience contradict an ideology, rational people question their ideology. Ideologues deny the facts and cling to their ideology.
My best friend, colleague, and mentor in the mental health recovery and empowerment movement, David Hilton (1953-2003), repeatedly ignored his own experience, and followed his anti-medication ideology to repeated episodes of
Continue reading David Hilton, Part 2: Good Anger, Bad Rage
David Hilton Changed the World His Anger Killed Him
David Hilton Photo in David Hilton Memorial Conference Room, NH Bureau of Behavioral Health
Anger alone is a self-defeating, unsustainable motive for a lifelong commitment to social change.
This is how David Hilton (1953-2003) inspired me to change the system, and how I learned to combine his inspiration with my own personal qualities to sustain a lifetime of activism.
Plaque in David Hilton Conference Room
When I met my friend David Hilton in 1997, New Hampshire had the best mental health system in the country.
The bureaucracy wanted to be
Continue reading David Hilton, Part 1: Activism, Friendship, Anger
I suggest stop wasting valuable time and energy talking about meds. We’ve known since the meds came out that they had problems. The side effects are listed, although maybe not shared complete honestly. The lower efficacy was well known from the release of each medication, although maybe not shared completely honestly. Rather positive energy can be used to create, and/or promote mental health solutions. We need programs and treatments that consumers can choose to utilize. With no choices there is nothing to choose!
Look at Mary Ellen Copeland, she created a program, packaged it for sustained growth and in due
Continue reading Paul Cumming – Building mental health solutions is our best approach
Traumatic distress has many faces
Naming the Trigger Shortens Traumatic Distress Episodes
Someone once asked what I find helpful when someone triggers severe traumatic distress — my post-traumatic feelings and behavior. “Your ideas might help someone else who got triggered today,” she said.
What helps me get through these tough times I learned from experience. An essential element of dealing with traumatic distress is finding what helps YOU. It’s different for each person.
When Traumatic Distress Feelings and Behavior Are Triggered
The ideal trigger plan would enable me to stop the cascade of traumatic distress feelings and behavior before I
Continue reading How I Manage Severe Traumatic Distress