Category Archives: Adversity

Trauma means Wound


Trauma means “wound”.
That’s it, no shit. Continue reading

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A person given a diagnosis of “psychosis” is 15 times more likely to …


Wonder how the “voice inside your head”  finished off that sentence… Some straight talking… Here’s some data: A person who has been given a diagnosis of psychosis is three times more likely to have been abused as a child than … Continue reading

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A long, complex and stubborn history with trauma


Bessel van der Kolk  at bigthink.org offers  a potted history of psychiatry and society’s difficult relationship with trauma. Psychiatry started as study of what were then deemed bizarre behaviours, but discovered they were understandable when considered in context with extraordinary … Continue reading

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Those who hear voices…


There are those who hear voices and those who haven’t yet. Continue reading

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Dicks on the subway


Jessica Valenti on her experiences growing up in New York City, especially experiences of dicks on subways, of the very real and lasting effects it can have and the compromises that women and even young girls have to make in … Continue reading

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“Schizophrenia” does not exist


Jim Van Os and his big list of schitzo stereoptypes “Schizophrenia” does not exist. That some people struggle and suffer and become isolated by that is not in doubt, especially here. That they suffer because they have a “thing” and … Continue reading

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Bad things happen and they f#ck you up


Bad things happen and they fuck you up. Continue reading

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Hearing Voices Cafe Toronto – On the Radio


Hearing Voices cafe Toronto on the Radio.
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Life doesn’t frighten me


 “I wrote this poem for all children, who for some reason whistle in the dark and who refuse to admit that they’re frightened out of their wits.” -Maya Angelou From the book combining Maya Angelou’s words with Jean Michel Basquiat’s … Continue reading

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Connecting To Madness – Jim van Os


Jim van Os is a psychiatrist who knows understands the devastating consequences of the widespread stereotype of schizo diagnoses. He has been actively researching into relations between environment and diagnoses, especially early adverse experiences and how they relate to becoming … Continue reading

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