People in Emotional Pain

 To heal pain you must step up to it, you must examine it, you must find its deepest truth. This will hurt…a lot! We must step into our own internal fire of Armageddon where all things are revealed. About them, about us. And then we must express it, re-interpret it, understand it, accept it, and then own…

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Psychiatric diagnoses for three year olds?

Our government has decided to invest eleven million dollars over the next five years in mental illness checks for three-year olds. “THREE-YEAR-OLDS will be screened for early signs of mental illness in a new federal government program that uses behaviours such as sleeping with the light on, having temper tantrums or extreme shyness as signs…

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Madness that wouldn’t heal

Dear reader people experiencing mental illness suffer as much…sometimes more…from the harshness and rejection of their fellow beings. In writing these particular posts I hope to open people’s hearts a little more thereby maybe encouraging a kinder response. For me uppermost in my mind has always been the thought ‘what if this were me’. Please ponder…what if this…

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Medicating Emotions; avoiding pain to our detriment

I wrote recently about drugging our lives and continuing in that vein I first must say;  There are absolutely times whereby medication is required. There are some psychiatric illnesses where medication is as essential as insulin is to the person with Type One Diabetes. But note that word illness. Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Uni-polar. Without medication people…

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Drugging Our Lives

“10 year study of inpatient kids: 44% got antipsychotics. Is that a lot? Yes. It’s a lot. And most of the time, not even for psychosis. 44% of the PTSD and ADHD kids got antipsychotics. You can wrack your brain trying to figure this out or blame the usual suspects, but the answer is right…

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not mad, but sad

“So how come you’re not working in psych anymore?” “Burnt out.” “Not surprising.” “What do you mean?” “Well, what a job working with mad people and all. No wonder something rubbed off on you.” I sigh; look at the sky, taking the time to allow my spirited self to calm down before replying. “I burnt…

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Living in self-truth

Living in a place of truth with one’s self is the greatest of life’s challenges. It is confronting, humbling, frightening and often confusing. But, living in a place of truth with self is absolutely essential if you want your life to flourish. Denial is the destroyer of emotional growth and emotional growth is the very…

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A blog for those Grieving

Dear readers  For anyone experiencing or interested in the grief process, and/or psychiatry’s reaction to folk in grief I urge you to go to the following links.  http://ptbertram.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/one-womans-grief/ http://ptbertram.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/grief-is-not-a-medical-disorder/  Pat articulates the grief process with an honesty and acceptance I think we could all learn from for this is one experience we all will share.…

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