Category Archives: making sense of “mental illlness”

got a diagnsis? trying to make sense of what it means?
A diagnosis can be a good place to start understanding – it might even be enough for you.

For most of us it is not the end but the start of making our own sense of what is happening in our life and what we can do about it.

well now that is some f#cked up sh#t…


   

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Dogma of any kind…


Dogma of any kind messes up society – Neil de Grasse Tyson Continue reading

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Amanda Todd


Amanda would have wanted everyone to know how much she hurt emotionally and how the same thing also hurt thousands of other children and youth each day. Amanda couldn’t stop what was happening to her and it was her dream to make it right for others. She thought it would help to tell her story for others to hear. Continue reading

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What is “psychosis”?


Look it up and you’ll find all kinds of nonsense  up/downloaded as answer to that question, most commonly: “Loss of contact with reality.” What does that even mean? For sure, whoever says that to you most assuredly has.   Truth … Continue reading

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#NOTokay


Reposting  a piece by a good friend to recoverynetwork:toronto – one of the millions who shared their first experiences over the last few days. To men everywhere: It’s time to end this crap.   #NOTokay #notMYshame #endthiscrap   #notokay by … Continue reading

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Medicating a Prophet


With the kind of fervour that only attaches to false certainty we tell ourselves that which we call “psychosis” is a thing separate from anything else, a thing separate from us, a thing we understand and a thing we know … Continue reading

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fish on a hook


I think a lot of us are wriggling.
That’s seen as a kind of illness without the vision of the hooks that we’re bound by.
So it seems that our behaviour is very crazy, when in context it isn’t.
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Open letter from a mother in recovery


The thing we call “Mental Health” system so often clamps its iron jaws around us – disabling not just the person given the diagnosis but also their entire family. The effect can be devastating, and it often takes a decade or … Continue reading

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I can’t stand up for falling down – Elvis Costello


I can’t stand up for falling down I can’t stand up for falling down   “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” I’m the living result I’m a man who’s been hurt a little too much And I’ve tasted the … Continue reading

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I am amazed by the strength of the human spirit and never give up hope


Lucy Johnstone walks us through a day in her life working as clinical psychologist on a community mental health team in an area of great social depravation. She explains how, rather than simply hand them a list of symptom to check … Continue reading

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