red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Antidepressant Use Continues to Rise Sharply Especially Among Children

Mental health in America is in decline, and while there is no one-size-fits-all reason for this, doctors and psychiatrists do offer a one-size-fits-all solution: antidepressants. The number of people who have taken antidepressants has soared some 65% in just the last 15 years, and the numbers continue to rise.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   An Open Letter to the Spiritual Community About Psychiatry

There’s life with the experience of mental illness and then there’s life as a mental patient. I’ve been told that both entail a large serving of unfathomable suffering. Suffering that brings you to the brink of something you can’t imagine tolerating one more second of, and then it asks you how you’d like to stay there for infinity. The kind of existential fear that comes with not knowing what is real and what is illusion. A depth of pain that feels so endless it’s like a black hole inside your core. Others describe feeling on fire, electrified by worry. Or maybe you’ve just been told that your behaviour is concerning, scary, or dangerous.

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  Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice  

In January 2014, I decided to come off all psychiatric medication — Zoloft, Lamictal, and Xanax.Though I’d only been taking these drugs for a year and a half, I felt completely destroyed by them. In that short time, I gained 60 pounds, lost my sex drive, and I emotionally flatlined. While I no longer experienced dramatic mood swings, my life was consumed by persistent brain fog and quiet shame about my rapidly expanding waistline.

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