Recommended websites

There are some terrific websites out there that I recommend. The ones many of us know about that get a huge amount of traffic and are growing very fast are:

www.RxISK.org — This site is run by David Healy. There’s a lot of compiled research here and information about psych drugs.

www.madinamerica.com – this is a news and information site in blog format. People can comment on the articles and also there are separate forums to continue the dialogue. I have had two articles published with them and another is in queue. A variety of viewpoints are presented.

www.beyondmeds.com (or maybe dot org?) This is Monica Cassani’s site. Lots of insight here and info.

www.breggin.com – Dr. Breggin has worked in the field for a long time. Interestingly, he started out in Boston and I believe he is Harvard-trained. As you know, that’s where I came from.

www.psychrights.org – This site is amazing, packed with info. Attorney Jim Gottstein took on the Zyprexa company and won! Thank you thank you thank you! You’ll find much legal info here.

www.mindfreedom.org – This is a worldwide organization that was started by David Oaks. MFI has done amazing work not only in USA, but in Canada and all over the world. I highly recommend getting an MFI Shield. While the Shield isn’t always a guarantee, it often saves people from what would end up being horrendous situations. MFI ran the “I got better” campaign and also Creative Maladjustment Week, inspired by the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring creativity and human uniqueness worldwide.

Here are some awesome little-known sites I highly recommend:

www.therapyabuse.org – what do you do if you are abused by a therapist? Go here and learn you are not alone.

www.adisorderedworld.com – For those with ED or with kids who have ED, check out what this amazing investigative journalist, a longtime sufferer herself, has confirmed (that we’ve been suspecting all along but didn’t dare say).

www.disruptedphysician.com – this is a terrific blog produced by Michael Lawrence Langan, MD. This doctor worked in Boston. He made some interesting and very important discoveries and is now blogging to expose something many of us didn’t even know existed.

www.bpdtransformation.com – I just discovered this site. This site explains BPD-type behavior. This was an eye opener for me. I always thought it was bad behavior picked up in hospitals. Apparently, as a result of child abuse, a person can grow up seeing the world very differently from his peers. If you have anyone in your life who acts so-called “borderline,” this site explains possible reasons why. There is growing evidence that this behavior is not a permanent defect of personality, but a very nasty phase of life that most people grow out of.

www.mildlydisthymicinamerica.tumblr.com – As you might guess, this site, which is growing fast, is a reaction to Mad In America’s insistence on upholding the expertise of those with letters after their names. Those with lived experience (those who have been patients) are THE number one experts, since we have lived through it. Some terrific stuff is published  here. Take a look!

www.pamelaspirowagner.com – Pam used to blog for schizophrenia.com. I remember her blog there as “wagblog.” (I wanted to blog for them once, too, but I guess they decided I wasn’t compliant enough, or not schiz enough.) Pam is an amazing visual artist and she has produced some wonderful content here.

There are some awesome sites out there. I’ll be sharing more soon!

Great article! Compiles well-estabished statistics and facts. Great summary.

Here’s the link:

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Are-You-Mentally-Ill-Phon-by-Martha-Rosenberg-Advertising_Advertising_Drug-Companies-Marketing_Drugs-Prescription-141015-913.html

This is written by Martha Rosenberg.

Go check out my brand new redone Eating Disorders Rescue site

The link is off on the sidebar of this blog but in case you aren’t over there (or are in a lazy mood) I’ll provide a link right here!  Please, there’s a place for you to add comments and you don’t even need to log in or read an illegible “captcha” thingy. Who has magic enough glasses to read those, anyway?

www.eatingdisordersrescue.com

I changed the focus.  I felt inspired.  In the mood. Cool, eh?  Reversed the pages, etc.

As they say, go for it.

Now go to bed and have a terrific Monday tomorrow.

Intergenerational Trauma and Healing

Intergenerational Trauma and Healing.

I have a lot to say about this.  I watched all three videos and found myself wanting to take notes.

Recently, I heard there was some “study” done that determined there is a high incidence of “eating disorders,” or shall I say “eating problems,” among descendants of Jews and other minorities that had been incarcerated in Hitler’s concentration camps.  The person who pointed this out to me also mentioned that some groups of Jews end up getting handed the “surveys” more often than anyone else.  So how accurate this is is anyone’s guess.

Still, I know many Jewish kids who grew up with a cultural hangover from things that happened fifty years ago, or even 2,500 years ago.

Lest we not forget, they’d say.

We kids were fascinated, always wondering when we’d get to see an old person’s “numbers.”  They tended to cover up those tattoos, kept them under their sleeves. But we knew these tattoos were there…sure we did.

Those memories cast a shadow over our lives. We lived in that shadow, not often seeing light.

What am I supposed to say when someone demands that I pray to Jesus? We didn’t have Jesus or Santa in our home.  These were only statues to me.  The guy on the metal cross and the plastic Santa.

Fasting on a hiking trip: 22-year-old Thomas Lang missing in Sedona, search now called off…and my own commentary

Here’s the link:

http://www.clarionledger.com/VideoNetwork/2978735140001/Man-missing-for-5-days-was-fasting-on-hiking-trip

It’s a USA Today video, so it is also found in other online news sites.

The video was done before the search was called off.  No word right now.

When I was 22, I, too, went hiking without food. I believe I also didn’t bring water, but I must have brought a bowl for my dog and food and water enough for him, or expected we’d find enough on the trail.  My plan was to be gone 24 hours and then return.

I borrowed a car to get to my destination. No one knew where I’d be hiking, which mountain, only that it was “up north.”  I told no one that I wasn’t bringing food with me.

Hoofy and I arrived at a place called Griffith Lake.  I left my thick glasses on a rock and swam, alone, unable to see anything in front of me, nor, by the time I swam out to the middle of the lake, could I even see the shore.  It occurred to me, while swimming, that should I drown and not return, no one would have any clue where to find me, or Hoofy.

I’m lucky to be alive to tell you this story. Yes, I was a young person seeking God.  Some have stated that starvation will bring you closer to God.  Others say that when you die, you meet your maker head-on. I don’t know why, but I recall an that in many books, a person’s final journey seems to be upward, up some mountain or hill.  The dying person leaves those still living behind in the valleys, and climbs higher, where the air is thinner, more scarce, and perhaps considered pure.  The elements are stark and bright.

Or perhaps the journey is into deep water.  The dying person finally reaches a place where the water is thicker, higher and higher, covering his body.  His feet are lifted from the floor of the ocean.  Pure, glistening water carries him onward, into the darkest depths, alone.

Glory, glory, glory. How the wonder fills us.  Praise God with abandon.

Or so I truly believed, as a young girl, at 22.