Personal Empowerment

The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Medications.


pro- nor anti- medication, the guide provides valuable information for making wiser decisions, and supports people coming off as well as staying on meds. It was developed with the editorial involvement of 14 health care professionals, including psychiatrists, registered nurses, and acupuncturists, and published by The Icarus Project and Freedom Center. You can find out more about the Guide by clicking on the link in the Title. PLease make sure you scroll down far enough.

Read about the making of the Guide.


What the Dalai Lama has to say
 for 2010

Gianna's Corner



The Beyond Meds Archives

 By Gianna Kali,

Social worker/
Psychiatric Survivour

Gianna is going to take some well earned personal time to live a life.

She goes off line from her very personal, open and shared journey and withdrawal from psych meds. (drugs) After several years of the daily sharing of that struggle and all the genuine emotions expressed that have gone with it, she has now reclaimed her own power.  

Anyone who is still struggling with such issues should drop by and perhaps travel along the road to hope and recovery. It is a well travelled road with plenty of signs along the way to help you know that you are not lost and alone. Hopefully, you too will find the information and supportive voices you need to make it easier. 

Now it is time for a personal and private time. I wish her all the best and a great soul restoring and indefinite vacation from 'recovery.'


Anxiety Symptoms

Are you experiencing anxiety? Find out about common symptoms of anxiety and how to manage anxiety with relaxation techniques.


Four Ways to Get Over Trauma
Video by Psychotherapist Bill O'Hanlon


More on Personal Boundaries
Connects to Religion

Adult Bullying:

Is it Happening To You

How You Can

 Fight back


Taking Personal Control: Mind, Body, and Soul

Creating Connections Through Dialogue

For a free Podcast of Rufus May on Voice Hearing go to the Free Downloads page

The Power of Self-Focusing

By Patricia Lefave

Originally published in 2008

It is easier to talk to the psychiatrized about using self-focus as a tool of healing than it is to talk to the presumably 'sane' ones.

Do you know why? I do.

It is because self-focus allows the psychiatrized person to break their psychological ties with those who can't really hear them and who are relating to them as superiors to inferiors.

Using self-focus the psychiatrized can begin to regain what they have had taken away from them: power over their OWN minds and the right to self define with good personal boundaries.

With 'others', especially all those 'blameless others,' self focus is fought against. Do you know why?

It is because the 'blameless' make themselves FEEL better by using external focus, not internal, and by projecting all their own dysfunctional problems and feelings onto 'defectives' whom they can then get together and 'fix' as a group effort. That group effort, still focused externally, also allows them to maintain the same state of dysfunction. To this group, self-focus is threatening since doing so means LOSING what they have gained that makes them feel better. That loss is the power over others and what they now consider to be their 'right'- the right to define others, FOR others, and to impose their own beliefs on them, against the others will if necessary. They do this while telling themselves it is for the others 'own good.' Of course it is really for the good of the imposer, not the imposed upon, but we are not 'allowed' to notice that.

So, self focus has the opposite effect to the psychiatrized since it is about taking their OWN power back and just their own power.

To the psychiatrists and many other dysfunctional group members, it is about LOSING power and control over others. This second group then fights hard to keep what it has gained, power, while the second group, rendered virtually powerless, fights to regain what is rightfully theirs.

This difference in the judgements of human value causes the widely held acceptance of the differences seen regarding the right to personal power, which keeps the imbalance going to infinity. It is human fear that is preventing the resolution of this problem by means of egalitarian relating. That means condemning dysfunctional ways of relating and starting fresh from a new premise. The majority, can't, or won't, face this. They are still trying to get that elusive approval from those 'authorities' who are supposed to love them. As long as we continue to look backwards for this 'approval' we don't really need, we are not going to see the disaster which is coming because we are refusing to look ahead at the predictable results of what we are doing and what we are failing to do now.


Following the Leader


Coping Video Below is 49 minutes long



For individuals, members of a people can have a sense of 'belonging' to people's 'reality', only if the others around them are prepared to respond to what they do and say seriously; is if the are treated as a proper participant in that people's 'authoring' of their reality, and not excluded from it in some way. For only then will they feel that the reality in which they live is as much theirs as anyone else's (39)..

John Shotter's

Conversational Realities
Constructing Life through Language

Sage Publications, 1993

Part I: A Rhetorical-Responsive Version of Social Constructionism

Wellness is About Understanding Personal Boundaries; BOTH Yours and Others and Knowing What is in Your Power to 'Fix" and What is Not. If You are from a Dysfunctional Family You May Never Have Really Known This.