Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Two Choices Doctors Have For a Sane Person in a Mental Hospital

What you should know is that even the psychiatrist and therapists at Four Winds didn’t think I needed to be force drugged. After I honestly answered his standard questions, the psychiatrist there said these words exactly, “When in Rome, do … Continue reading

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How do you Know if You’re Receiving Informed Consent?

Informed consent is knowing what the financial ties are between drug companies, hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, the government, the media and educational institutions. (Ha!) Informed consent is knowing the fears, motivations, history and trauma history of your doctor and anyone … Continue reading

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How to Keep the Body Calm While Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs

This is not medical advice, simply ideas I and others have found helpful. There will always be more things to try, as well as differing viewpoints and nutritional outlooks so I mostly recommend things I’ve used myself and know others … Continue reading

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Mood Disorder Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit

I once went to a Smith College School of Social Work classroom with 2 other members of the Freedom Center to teach on our activist work and share our experiences in the mental health system. We waited out in the … Continue reading

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Finding and Funding Our Way, Outside the System – Mad In America

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Killing Pain: Tranquilizer Nation Timeline

(via Laura Delano) A visual history of tranquilizer ads. In 2013, 94 million prescriptions were written for benzodiazepines (50 million for Xanax, alone), so the Pharmaceutical Industry’s marketing push over the past fifty years has clearly been a success. These … Continue reading

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