It was hard for me to learn the difference between happiness and damaging mania. It’s something everyone who struggles with mania must learn. Here are some tests that usually work. Still, 30 years after my last attack of full-blown mania, I still don’t completely trust unexpected flattery and good news, and took precautions against mania first, when I was recognized by one of my heroes..
Category Archives: Mental Health
The hardest part of reducing medication, for me, is feeling more feelings. It’s like taking a layer of bubble wrap off my emotions. I was screaming at people after my 2nd redution, from 3 pills to 2 to 1 and back to 2. At this level, I fall asleep and wake up better, I’m happier, more creative, and productive, and I’ve stopped screaming..
The amount of sugar in your blood, and how rapidly and suddenly it changes, affects your mood more than any product in a health food store. Watching sugar, not fat or calories, is also the best way to lose weight for most people.
Anger alone is a self-defeating, unsustainable motive for a lifelong commitment to social change.This is how David Hilton (1953-2003) inspired me to change the system, and how I combined his inspiration with my own personal qualities to sustain a lifetime of activism.
When facts and experience contradict an ideology, rational people question their ideology. Ideologues deny the facts and cling to their ideology. David Hilton’s life and death fit no neat ideology.
Hundreds of people all over the country would have been honored to get a call from David Hilton when he needed someone to talk to, but he must have felt completely alone and abandoned by his friends when he died, His friends in the mental health rights movement felt abandoned by him.
NH’s frugal GOP Legislature funded the state’s peer support agencies when PSA members told them they are more independent and empowered, use fewer expensive Medicaid services, and got jobs, thanks to peer support..
An award-winning book, “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker, says long-term use of psychiatric drugs does more harm than good for most people, especially children and teenagers, though they helps many people in the short-term.
“Captain Newman, M.D.” (1964) explores combat trauma with humanity and accurate information. It is one of Gregory Peck’s signature roles, with an all-star supporting cast.