Category Archives: Mental Health

Why I Don’t Trust Too Much Unexpected Happiness
Mental Health

Why I Don’t Trust Too Much Unexpected Happiness

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..

Reducing Medication Is An Adventure In Progress For Me
Mental Health

Reducing Medication Is An Adventure In Progress For Me

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..

Sugar Is An Addictive, Mood-Altering Drug
Mental Health

Sugar Is An Addictive, Mood-Altering Drug

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.

David Hilton, Part 1: Warrior, Leader, Mentor, Friend
Mental Health

David Hilton, Part 1: Warrior, Leader, Mentor, Friend

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.

David Hilton, Part 2: Good Anger, Bad Rage
Mental Health

David Hilton, Part 2: Good Anger, Bad Rage

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.

David Hilton, Part 3: What Finally Got Him?
Mental Health

David Hilton, Part 3: What Finally Got Him?

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.

Social media for people who weren’t born using the Internet
Mental Health

Social media for people who weren’t born using the Internet

People who did not grow up on the Internet should get a kid to help them start on social media. For the recovery/empowerment movement, Facebook is our parlor. We exchange ideas, information, movement news, and publications. It’s the only way to stay in touch.

Selling Peer Support Agencies to Flinty Yankee Republicans
Mental Health

Selling Peer Support Agencies to Flinty Yankee Republicans

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..

Medical Psychiatry Faces its Toughest Indictment in its 55 Years
Mental Health

Medical Psychiatry Faces its Toughest Indictment in its 55 Years

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) Told the Truth About Combat Fatigue
Mental Health

“Captain Newman M.D.” (1964) Told the Truth About Combat Fatigue

“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.

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