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


Seen as Two Separate Realities

By Patricia Lefave

Dysfunctional group members who define me as "mentally ill" believe that if they talk about who others yet do not talk to me directly, I will not have any idea about what is going on with them. They, and those they discuss me with, then talk about me in my presence like I am not really there. This can be anywhere from one to ten feet away, often while their heads are sort of cocked together as they evaluate me in their own terms like an object. The SAME people then see no connection at all between how they treat me and my reactions to them. So they then discuss my lack of "friendliness" toward them or my "lack of personality" and any other of my 'defects' which they see in me. They discuss this also in my presence like I am not there, but see NO CONNECTION between their behaviour and my reactions, nor between this behaviour and my statement that it exists. So it is like watching their obvious duplicity while the duplicitous consistently deny it is there.

I and many others just like me who have shared the experience then get labelled "mentally ill" for seeing this group behaviour so that the group members don't have to know they are deluding themselves about our awareness of them as well as their LACK of awareness about both themselves AND us. When I experienced this group phenomenon previously I used to sort of ask myself, What do these people think they are doing when they behave this way?[1]Am I just invisible to them or do they think they are invisible to me? What I had wrong in the question was the "or." The answer is BOTH.BECAUSE they believe they are superior and invisible[2] to me I am invisible to them as the person I actually am. It i not one OR the other. It is BOTH because the point of the origin of the delusion in in THEM, not me. Knowing that changes everything, in terms of meaning, and allows everyone targeted by those with hidden agendas of domination, as well as all the group members who support the "hidden" ones to understand what is going on with everybody esle and to make sense of their own experience from THEIR legitimate point of view.

We may not get anyone else to snap out of their delusional comfort zone but at least we can keep them or our own previous inability to "make sense of things" from driving us into another psychosis.

Understanding it changes that for us whether the delusional group members understand it or not. If those of you who are put through this attach your experience of it to this new premise, the chaos created by the lack of sense in the experience will resolve itself.

Psychosis is actually the mind's search for the metaphysical meaning that will allow us all to makes sense out of a senseless experience. It is directly connected to external reality as well as the internal one and is not something neatly contained strictly WITHIN the experiencer.[3]

[1] If I asked them directly of course, they wouldn't answer but now I know the "reason" they would not answer was because they were deluding themselves that they were "fooling" me or that I would not understand what they were doing anyway...which is a true statement at the nexus of meaning also isn't it?

[2] That's a metaphor by the way and not a literal statement so hold the forced, idiot laughter after you invalidate my statement by taking it literally as my "belief" that I see "invisible people.'''

[3] As the delusional group members all want us to believe without question so that they can be the "sane" ones


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.