Trudy knew, deep inside, that medications couldn’t bring her where she needed to go. But what she didn’t know was that she had options. From the age of 19, she was medicated with multiple classes of psychotropics, hospitalized repeatedly, including on locked wards, and diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Because of limited benefit from medication, she
We’ve been told a story about depression – that you are born with a chemical imbalance that requires lifelong medication. Get ready for some myth-busting around the benefits, risks, and the truth about what depression is.
I distinctly remember the shift. It was my freshmen year of college, and I was 19 years old. I sat staring at my water bottle, too anxious to leave my dorm room until I drank a certain amount of it; right to the line. Then it would be OK to move on to the next
I know that strategic medication tapering can be a ticket to an authentic experience of yourself. I get feedback like this, every week: Is Gloria some kind of freak anomaly of someone who could possibly feel better off medication? You can see that part of her process was shifting out of a mindset that she
The Path to Wellness Is Through Food If you are one of the estimated 15 million Americans suffering from depression, you may be surprised to learn that the path to wellness and vitality is through food. The Western diet of heavily processed, denatured foods has been widely linked to rising rates of obesity, diabetes, and
Hallucination (huh-loo-suh–ney-shuh n) : a sensory experience of something that does not exist outside the mind, caused by various physical and mental disorders, or by reaction to certain toxic substances, and usually manifested as visual or auditory images. Psychiatry has built an entire infrastructure around the definition of normal. In my training, I learned clinical,