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Listening as Healing – Margaret Wheatley


This one of my favourite articles, one of those I try to make a point of reading again every now and then. Margaret Wheatley on listening- such a simple act, an act of generosity. Listening is healing for both the … Continue reading

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Psychiatry’s Identity Crisis ?


Op-Ed piece in New York Times by Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist Richard A. Friedman on the limitations of his own profession’s claims to being the world’s foremost authority and body of knowledge  but yet limits its own understanding of the struggles … Continue reading

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The doctor who gave up drugs


What in the west we call “medicine” is not the only medicine:  there are many ways of practising medicine, some of which are more common and have been around for far longer than western “civilisation”.  Indeed if you take a … Continue reading

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Disempowered and disconnected


The core experience of trauma is feeling disconnected and disempowered.
Ironic then, that so often our approach to mental health and the systems we build leave people feeling disconnected and disempowered. Continue reading

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likely the effects of a particularly powerful psychological trauma…


“may well be the effects of  particularly powerful psychological trauma” These are the words of Eugene Bleuler when he first coined the term “schizophrenia” as a way of naming and understanding what he had been observing in patients in his … 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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listening is such a simple act…


Listening is such a simple act.
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when we stop telling others what they need…


When we stop telling others what they need we might just create the space they need to speak for themselves.

We don’t need to be smart, clever or all knowing: we just need be willing to listen. Continue reading

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Fifth of children hear voices in their head


Just because a person hears voices does not necessarily mean they are ill. Many people hear voices  – research shows about ten percent of us between hear voices on a regular basis and even as many as 70% will do … Continue reading

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From psychiatric patient to human being: My journey in a nutshell.


A wonderfully open and frank piece by Flo Bellamy about her struggles and her encounter with psychiatric services that could only medicate her: so making her even more ill. Then how she and her family discovered the movie “The Doctor Who hears Voices” … Continue reading

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