Friday, March 24, 2017

What Role Does Talk Therapy Have in Recovery from Psychosis?

In my graduate education, we were taught how to deal with a wide variety of human troubles — but one big exception was psychosis! For that, we were told to send our clients to the psychiatrist.

What Role Does Talk Therapy Have in Recovery from Psychosis?

In my graduate education, we were taught how to deal with a wide variety of human troubles — but one big exception was psychosis! For that, we were told to send our clients to the psychiatrist.

Not Going Quietly

A few years ago, I was asked to see a man called Chris Rushworth. He was referred to me for anger issues. Chris had a restlessness about him, frequently shifting his legs from side to side. He had been on antipsychotic medication for 25 years.

Beyond Survival

Recently I came across a remarkable article, "From surviving to thriving: how does that happen." The authors have demonstrated that when people are weighed down by life's adversities, what they need is authentic, validating support, not facile pathologizing checklists, and not tranquilizing or stimulant drugs.

Eternal Sorrow: My Unexpected Descent into the Mental Health System

In searching for answers as to what went wrong with my treatment, my family and I discovered that there is already much scientific evidence demonstrating the dangers of antipsychotic medications and why they should not be used to treat illnesses such as Tourette Syndrome.

Discussing Nutrient Formulas Without Naming Them: Who Benefits?

Do we not want our public to pay attention to the quality of science behind a treatment? By constantly dancing around the product names of nutrient formulas, we are doing a disservice to those who need accurate information.

Optimizing Mental Wellness Through Nutrient Therapy: A Gastroenterologist’s Perspective

It was hard to believe, initially, that nutrient therapy could have that profound an impact. My son’s remarkable recovery with “just nutrients” has made me question the entire medical model behind ADHD and other neurobehavioral disorders.

ARTWORK

Darius Ghanat is an iatrogenic illness survivor who devotes his life to advocating for psychiatric survivors. He uses his music to raise awareness and funds for mental health, Tourette Syndrome and other charities close to his heart. Click here to listen to his music.

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