Mental health mechanics: a new era of trade-based therapy

There’s an elitist regulation body that governs the mental health field in Australia and abroad. Pathways to becoming a registered therapist or clinical psychologist are long, onerous and excessive to say the least, not to mention incredibly expensive.

The ivory tower regulation system requires aspiring therapists to complete a degree, honours, masters and then several years of supervision before they’re considered knowledgable enough to help anyone. Typically that’s 5-6 years of study, plus 2 years of clinical supervision, which is often paid for out of the graduate’s own pocket at a hefty hourly rate. The requirements are different from country to country but they all have a lot in common: an oppressive industry vacuum cleaner attached to the student’s bank account.

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Many believe that regulation is important in ensuring professional standards; that it would be disastrous to allow unqualified individuals the right to offer psychological therapy. However this stance makes an assumption that skills and knowledge are only valid if acquired through university education. But what about trades and apprenticeships? What if there were ‘mental health mechanics’ so to speak? Does a good therapeutic relationship really require 6 years of university study to be helpful? Should therapists be rocket scientists complete with PhD?

I’m all for formal education if someone wants to pursue that path. I’ve done more than 5 years of tertiary study myself. The first few years were worthwhile when I was straight out of school and didn’t know who I was yet. A degree can be character building! But who’s to say an apprenticeship in the same area (if such a thing existed) wouldn’t be just as enriching? … and why shouldn’t trades involve intellectual content?

Recently I was reading about ancient Celtic bards and their rigorous apprenticeship system for certifying poets. This amused me as I considered our stringent requirements for becoming qualified in our various professions today.

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Of course our civilisation is a lot different now than in the days of ancient bards but reading about this reminded me of the fundamental ‘apprenticeship’ spirit that underpins our intellectual evolution.

Somehow learning became fragmented in more recent history. Apprenticeships became limited to more bricks and mortar type careers and university education took over everything else.

Many universities attempt to incorporate an apprenticeship spirit into their courses with placements and internships. Some institutions are more vocationally oriented that others.. this can be helpful and worthwhile for students but it’s not quite the same as developing a longer term relationship with a mentor or boss. And let’s not forget, placements are usually unpaid! In the university system you pay to learn… in the apprentice model you get paid!! You’re still valuable… you’ve still got something worthwhile to contribute. You’re not just a faceless number in a classroom.

Unlike the ancient bards I don’t think apprenticeships should be 9 years! Hell no! But I shared that little excerpt because it reminded me of a certain idea that’s timeless: knowledge is the transfer of information from one person to another. We should remember that knowledge is still knowledge no matter what your credentials are.

This society has lost its capacity to validate the real world knowledge people can acquire in a variety of non-academic ways. Unless you’ve got the right credentials you can’t practice therapy because it’s potentially dangerous! That’s the idea that floats around. But let’s not forget that therapy isn’t actually brain surgery. Therapists don’t actually operate on an ill brain and surgically remove a ‘mental disease’ … for that, yes I agree surgeons should have appropriate credentials. But for talk therapy I really don’t believe it’s as complicated or hazardous as people make out.

Of course there are horror stories, like with every occupation. Negligent therapists who psychologically damage their clients do exist. This is awful and I wouldn’t wish for a system that enabled such occurrences to flourish.

However, I don’t think the current education system we have for therapeutic training is actually as ‘safe’ as people make out.  Pretty much anyone can get a degree these days (if you can pay $) and it really doesn’t mean what it used to.

When I’m looking for a good counsellor/ support person/ therapist or coach I really couldn’t care less what or where they have studied. I also couldn’t give two stuffs about what professional organisation or peak body they belong to. I’m more interested in who they are as a unique person, whether they seem to have genuine wisdom and relevant life experience, whether they come recommended by friends and how they come across in their promotional videos or in our first few sessions.

Whats important to me is knowledge and wisdom, not the elitist structure that validates that knowledge.

I’d love to see a return of the old apprenticeship spirit. Person to person, expert to novice! I want to see therapeutic businesses opening their doors to new seekers and paying them accordingly.. step by step.

I want to see a new era of mental health mechanics who are not afraid to get their hands dirty on the frontlines by using basic tools that actually work.

I want to see an end to the mystification of psychology up on its complicated scaffold and bring it back down to earth, where real hearts live.

 

 

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Free live master class with Dr Kelly Brogan, Holistic Psychiatrist

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I just booked my seat for this free live masterclass with Dr Kelly Brogan, Holistic Psychiatrist. It’s happening in a few hours!! Wooooooo!! I’m excited I remembered to book in last minute! Dr Brogan will be exploring “psychiatric pretenders,” physical causes of mental health symptoms.

I really enjoyed her book A Mind of Your Own, which explores lifestyle medicine and the link between food and mood. What I learned was that mental illness isn’t necessarily a brain issue and the low serotonin theory isn’t science based. Her work is a real eye opener and will change the way you look at health. You can sign up here Reserve my seat.

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What if it’s not “all in your head”?

What if your “mental” symptoms were actually physical? What if there was something you could you do to reverse the physical drivers of psychiatric symptoms?

Dr Kelly Brogan, has created this symptom checker tool, to help you explore the possible physical causes of mental health symptoms. As many of you know I’m a huge fan of Dr Brogan and the important work she’s doing in the area of holistic mental health. I highly recommend checking out the tool and any of her informative blogs. 

Today I received this interesting piece via her email list… well worth a read if you’re suffering symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, headaches, poor concentration and forgetfulness.

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Do You Have One of These Psychiatric Pretenders?

As a “science nerd” and holistic psychiatrist, I’ve studied the many physiological systems of the body and their effects on the brain for the better half of the past decade.

And time and time again, the same physical drivers of psychiatric symptoms keep coming back to the surface.

People with all sorts of diagnoses and complaints arrive at my office, everything from bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression … to insomnia, trouble concentrating, mood swings, and fatigue.

And I’m consistently surprised by how many physicians have completely missed the underlying causes of those symptoms before those patients wind up on my doorstep.

Medicine has unfortunately become very disconnected…

That’s why I decided to create this brand-new Symptom Checker to see if we might be able to help you pull back the curtain on your symptoms directly, and reveal if you could have one or more of what I call the “Psychiatric Pretenders.”

These are the Top 5, real, physical imbalances that can often present as mental or emotional in nature, when in fact are actually physical. And the great news is… THEY’RE COMPLETELY REVERSIBLE! Sometimes only in a matter of days…

I encourage you to take just a minute to answer these questions, and then watch the videos on the results page for anything you might be at risk for. I’ll walk you through what to do next.

It turns out, your symptoms may not be, “All In Your Head” after all…

See you on the other side!
Kelly Brogan, MD

Check your symptoms here:

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When the road to wellness is literally a road: interview with Zarah Darling; nomad, vanlifer and magic catalyst!

ZarahDarlingFlowers_2What if you could change your life in 8 days? What if you could go from being almost bedridden with a chronic illness to a life of freedom, vitality and adventure quicker than you ever imagined was possible?

That’s exactly what Zarah Darling did last year when on a whim she decided to become a vanlife nomad! In just 8 days she packed up her 4 bedroom house, bought a van and set off to explore the magic of nature.

After over a decade of struggling with chronic fatigue from toxic mould exposure Zarah discovered her own unique road to wellness: literally living on the road! She says this radically different lifestyle was exactly what her body needed to feel vibrant and truly alive!  Now with a growing reputation as a Magic & Awareness Catalyst Zarah travels across the county whilst mentoring people on how they too can choose and create anything they dream up, and more! I caught up with Zarah yesterday to chat about her “journey” (yes pun intended) and how she’s helping people to unleash their inner magic.

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Wow! You live out of a van! What lead you to choose a nomadic lifestyle ? Was there a particular turning point or catalyst? 

When I was growing up, my dad had a few books about hippies living in converted school buses and I loved leafing through them just to relax and daydream. The buses had quirky features like wooden shingles added to the outside of them to make them look like houses. In hindsight, it makes a lot of sense why I find this lifestyle so appealing now! Those books planted seeds of possibility in my mind but I didn’t choose the lifestyle until a year and a half ago after being sick for over a decade. Choosing to feel better, and being willing to do whatever it takes, was the turning point. 

ZDVanlife6_quoteI had been changing houses frequently for over 2 years after I discovered I was suffering from effects of toxic mould exposure – extreme fatigue, reduced brain processing function, physical injuries that wouldn’t heal, 24/7 aches and pains lasting for years.  I even moved to the desert where it should be really dry, but mould in houses was a problem there too.

After taking an impromptu road trip for a week to an organic farm (and seeing Cyndi Lauper in concert!), I confirmed there was mould in my latest home and knew I had to get out. I had already planned to drive 11 hours to a workshop. And if I didn’t have to turnaround afterwards to come home I’d be halfway to my best friend’s from 6th grade house. Within 8 days I packed up by 4 bedroom house, got out of my lease, bought a SUV, and and headed for that workshop in Houston. If you ever wonder if you can change your life or choose something different, it can happen very quickly if it’s really time for that choice.

Do you ever feel scared as a single women travelling alone? How do you feel safe and protected? 

I use my intuitive awareness to check in and see if it’s safe when choosing which areas to sleep at, or even which direction to go… I ask a lot of questions to tap into that awareness. For example, I might ask, “Is it safe here for me?” I’ll notice if there are bars on the windows in a neighbourhood, how many cars are parked in certain areas, and pay attention to the number of people walking around. So there are logical things to pay attention to, but I’m most comforted by checking the energy of, “Am I safe here?” If it’s light and expansive, I’m comfortable staying. If it’s heavy and contractive I choose another spot.

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Then it takes even more spidey senses to have awareness when you’re out in the middle of nowhere and there aren’t any houses to get a sense of what happens there. When it’s just open fields, hills, mountains and cliffs that’s really fun to ask the universe, “Will I be safe here?”

I think it’s important to distinguish between fear and awareness and know what’s a legitimate threat verses what’s just noisy chatter in the head that will pull you off course and trip you up. So playing with that and reflecting in hindsight can be really helpful to learn your own energy vocabulary.

I review situations and ask myself, “Was that just fear I experienced or was it a true awareness where I knew something was off before it happened?” This can really help you develop the vocabulary of your intuition. I think those tools apply to all genders.

There are also some practical things I do to stay safe. When I park to sleep I climb through the middle of my seats to the bed in the back rather than getting out of the car to go through the backdoor. I do as little as possible to draw attention to my situation so that passersby won’t realize I’m in there.

I have an air horn and car keys clipped to me at night, so I can make a noise to startle any intruder or slide through to the front to drive away quickly if I have to. If I had to go out of the backdoor to get to the drivers seat that would make me feel more nervous. Also, I have a SUV so it doesn’t look as obvious as a camper van that someone would be sleeping in there and that helps me feel safe.

Can you tell us about your work as a “Magic & Awareness Catalyst”? Do you think the tools you use could be helpful for people suffering mental health challenges? 

Working as a Magic & Awareness Catalyst means I help facilitate people to live a more magical existence and to have the courage to be who they truly are. The tools I use really do help anyone experiencing what this reality calls “mental health” issues. First off if you’re not depressed about the current state of our world and planet, either you’ve found the magic answer or you’re not paying attention. Right? If you’re anxious it probably means you’re aware of a better reality and are wishing people would hurry up and realize they can help create it!

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If you’re experiencing what this reality calls “mental health” issues, I invite you to ask yourself if you’re actually super aware of what’s happening across the planet and what other people are experiencing. What if you could learn to distinguish between what’s yours and what’s someone else’s? If you are drowning yourself along with someone else, that won’t help either of you to survive!

But what if you can untangle yourself? Isn’t that the greatest gift to those around you; being a source of inspiration and showing others how it can be done? Even though I’m still really attuned to other people’s suffering I’ve recognised that it’s their choice as well. What if everything was a choice?

That’s different than the tone deaf suggestion of, “Hey just be happy, just pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” I’m not suggesting that. It’s not always simple and polyanna-like but if everything is a choice, that can mean choosing to find help, choosing to explore another alternative, choosing to have willingness for something different to show up and not even needing to know what that will look like exactly; just choosing a different possibility.

Do you have any tips on healing chronic health issues and what helped you recover? Was it mainly hitting the road that helped or were there other factors?

The key for me to get over chronic illness was to choose to do and be something different than what I had been previously.  I chose something different than being sick from the mould and it wasn’t just choosing to be happy or no longer sick, it was the willingness to do whatever it takes to experience something different.

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For me doing whatever it takes meant no longer living in a house and choosing to be out in nature with all the ions that help our bodies to heal and to experience all of the magic that nature provides. I was willing to receive that.. and here’s a funny thing; here’s how this mindset shift can just blow you away, since then my story has completely changed.

I used think OMG I’m so sick I can’t even live in a house. Now I can see how my subconscious mind created the illness to avoid judgement against what I knew I would like to choose. I figured, if I was sick, people wouldn’t judge me for living in a van, driving across country and and sleeping at camp sites.

What if I had just said gosh I would really love to live in a van a travel across the county. I’m just going to choose that and I don’t need to make myself sick to convince other people that there’s any logic to what I’m choosing.

I’ve also noticed that other people who have mould sensitivity share a common outlook on life. They share similar stories about how they were brought up and how they don’t trust anyone else in a very deep sense. It might look like it on the surface but deep underneath we don’t trust anyone else and feel like we have to do everything ourselves, on our own.

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We’ve got that whole martyr outlook that we have to suffer, work really hard, nothing can come easily and we’re really concerned with what other people think about us (even though we’d never admit it). So all those points of view really set me up to be the perfect victim to fall prey to mould and that’s part of my old story.

Now because my outlook changed I can create my life with far more ease. Before it was like I had to almost literally kill myself in order to create things in this world. Now I live in my own reality where I don’t make any appointments before 2pm, I work outside in parks and beaches and run 98% of my business from my iPhone.

What if you could create things without sacrificing your health, your piece of mind, or the enjoyment of living? To get out of a chronic illness situation, the first thing I invite people to do is practice choosing something different. Like if you have a usual route that you drive or walk to some location, choose a different direction or a different route. Or if you go to a restaurant and always order the same thing, chose something else next time.

And here’s the important part, choose it just because. Don’t try to come up with any logical reasoning about why you are choosing it.

What if you even opened up a menu and the first thing your finger landed on you ordered? How exciting would that be and what if the experience of that could be part of your daily life and how you do all things. If you’re thinking “OMG this feels out of control” what if you recognize how strong you are as you withstand a chronic illness? If you can withstand that you can definitely cope with making some changes and doing things differently .

Some of our readers are struggling with major depression. As a Magic & Awareness Catalyst what do you think might help them feel more joy? Any tips on how they can let their true magic shine? 

The antidote to depression is to believe in possibilities and the first step to that is to release the point of view that there’s something wrong with you. What if you first let yourself off the hook for everything? What if there was no wrongness of you and you started entertaining the idea that you’re not responsible for anyone else’s choices, and no longer have to align and agree with your own choices from the past? And note, this outlook of possibilities can partner with current support and treatment – just letting go of any stigma or wrongness may allow other therapies to make more of an intended impact. What if right now you can just choose from the magic that you are; that quiet voice that’s been struggling for you to hear it.

For whatever reason maybe you haven’t been paying attention to the quiet voice and maybe it had to get louder and louder and the only way it knew how to get loud was to become sharp pains or chronic illness or some other health issue.

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You are here with a special gift that this planet needs and even if you’ve been labeled different and wrong so much that you’ve started to believe it, what if that’s only because you are here to actually change the world? After all, if you fit in perfectly there would be nothing to change.

Instead of feeling that sensation of depression what if instead you label it as awareness and then eliminate the part where there’s any wrongness.

If you’re in allowance of who you are, then how much joy could you have then? And how much of you could you share with the world? Maybe that means finding the right people that are able to see who you are, but what if you get to show them how to see who you are by seeing yourself and allowing yourself to be all of yourself? That unique thing that you have to offer this world isn’t going to show up in anyone else and it’s not going to be set free into the world unless you choose to do that…. and we’re waiting… we want to see it!

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The difference between medical minimalism and anti-medicine

Yesterday I read a smear piece on a holistic doctor who is “anti-medicine” according to the journalist because she is critical of conventional approaches to mental illness.  I’m not even going to share the piece as I think it’s a classic example of tabloid style click bait not even worthy of linking to in a blog post. In my opinion many holistic or integrative doctors are actually more like medical minimalists rather than anti-medicine practitioners, and I think there’s an important difference.

What is medical minimalism? It’s a cautious, critical and big picture approach to the use of pharmaceutical medicines. Medical minimalists use drugs only when they believe they are truly needed or helpful. When they do use medicines they use the lowest dose possible to get the desired result because they acknowledge the risks involved. They openly embrace lifestyle interventions as valid, and sometimes preferable to drugs and continuously apply a big picture cost benefit mentality to all their recommendations.

Medical minimalists are not against the use of drugs across the board but they use sparingly, or not at all depending on the illness or patient in question. They don’t believe drugs are necessarily bad but that the use of them can be destructive if better options are ignored. Just like minimalists believe less is more, medical minimalist believe less medicine can sometimes mean greater health. Since there isn’t research into the effects of prescribing a cocktail of different meds at once medical minimalists tend to avoid cocktail scenarios. They prescribe one thing at a time or give their patients a pep talk about lifestyle and diet.

Here’s an example of a very honest psychiatrist I came across on youtube who discusses the limitations of his prescriptions. Whilst he still prescribes at times when he believes it’s needed (always at the lowest dose possible) his aim is to get people off medications eventually and offer talk therapy and other strategies that he believe are more effective at helping people thrive for the long haul rather than just “getting through.”

I’ve really enjoyed watching some of his other videos on mental health too which are very helpful and refreshing. Also check out The forgiveness diet and How to let go of victimhood. Enjoy!

 

 

Grassroots health: Dr Google the people’s physician

In the age of the internet you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t “Dr Googled” a health issue before. In fact, one in every 20 Google searches are health-related, according to the tech giant.

Maybe you’ve googled one of the top 10 trending health questions like, can you get pregnant on birth control, what is TBI or in the number one slot, what is cupping?

Whilst it’s often frowned upon and considered potentially dangerous to rely on google for health answers, the reality is, we’re all doing it, and often. Commentators are quick to point out what could go wrong in this self-doctoring approach, but how many people are asking what could go right? What does this trend to consult Dr Google actually mean?

I believe the rise of internet has enabled grassroots holistic health movements to flourish, that I like to call “The People’s Medicine.”  It’s a new type of folk medicine that’s reviving the common sense self-care approaches of eras gone by.

In the 19th century there were a number of popular movements which encouraged people to “be their own physicians,” as reflected in this historic book title below.  Herbs were often the treatment of choice and it was not uncommon for everyday folk to be familiar with their preparation and use.

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Thomsonian Medicine, was one particular holistic health system that enjoyed wide popularity in the United States during this era, reaching over 1 million people in its height. Founded by a medical reformist Samuel Thomson, this movement promoted the idea of a self-directed health awareness and self-care care as a valid alternative or adjunct to “doctors orders”.  This approach appealed to members of the anti-elitist movement of the time as it offered people a more accessible and affordable way to manage common ailments.

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Excerpts from “The Thomsonian Manual”, by Samuel Thomson, 1835

In more recent times, the concept of self-care has been embraced once again in grassroots mental health recovery communities. The diversity of opinions found through the internet has allowed people to reclaim a sense of agency over their psychological challenges and look beyond homogenous conventional treatments.

The International Hearing Voices movement is one such example of people learning to be their own healers, or what could be called self-made therapists. In this movement people who have experienced auditory hallucinations meet in peer-to-peer groups to explore the value and purpose of these experiences rather than seeing them as an illness. They learn how to embrace their voices in a constructive and functional manner that often allows them to move away from psychiatric labels and medications.

“Our research shows that to hear voices is not the consequence of a diseased brain, but more akin to a variation in human behaviour, like being left-handed. It is not so much the voices that are the problem, but the difficulties that some people have in coping with them.” – from the international hearing voices website 

Smart Recovery  is another peer-to-peer movement that’s grown in popularly with the help of grassroots people power. Smart is a secular alternative to AA for people with substance use disorders but many physicians are unaware of its existence. Most people find out about it through a quick google search looking for an alternative. Much like Weight Watchers, Smart is facilitated by people who have recovered from addiction and been through the program themselves. The meetings, are based on psychological tools and mutual support.

There are countless examples of these sort of movements that are often very much driven by everyday people without health qualifications, who nonetheless are acting as catalysts for profound healing and change. There’s a support tribe for everything and if not you can start your own online.

There is of course a dark side to Dr Googling; obsession, hypochondria, panic or even the potentially lethal outcome of acting on dubious advice. But since people are unlikely to quit the internet, the best approach might be good old moderation mixed with a dose of common sense, as Doctor Thomson might have advised if he were living today.

After all an honest physician, he said, will tell you that:

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To find health …

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The above quote is a variation of Andrew Taylor Still’s quote “To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.” (I replaced disease with illness because I think this idea is true for mental illness also.. which is not a disease as such).

Beyond coping, managing and dealing lies a holy grail called HEALTH. What small step towards true health can you take today?

 

 

I’m back and the blog title is the same (for now)

Hello lovely people. I’m back in wordpress land and I have kept the blog title the same (for now). Last month I went through a blogging slump where I felt a bit frustrated with the topic of mental health and I thought about morphing this site into something different. But in reality I think I just needed a break to do some personal contemplation, reading, walking, mediation and refocusing. Over the last few weeks I’ve spent less time on the internet and more time reading real books. There’s something refreshing about good old print… but I’m back now surfing the interwebs with renewed interest.

The frustration I felt in relation to the mental health arena will probably come up again no doubt. It extends to my frustration with the entire medical model, which I believe has been corrupted by a profit driven pharmaceutical industry, that ironically doesn’t always have people’s health as it’s top priority. Okay so maybe I sound like a conspiracy theorist or scientology driven anti-psychiatry campaigner but I promise you I’m neither.  No, I don’t belong to any obscure religious groups and there’s no cult agenda behind this blog.

What drives this blog is a quest for truth in the spirit of activism; to explore the inconvenient facts that your physician might not have told you such as:

  • There is a serious lack of research on the long-term outcomes of people taking psychiatric drugs. The few available studies suggest that all the major classes of psychiatric drugs add little additional long-term benefit, and for some patients they may lead to significantly worse long-term outcomes. EEEK!!!
  • The concept of a chemical imbalance in the brain is a theory not scientific fact… it’s never actually been proven… double EEK!!

The quest for mental health is broad, epic, complex and controversial. Brains live in bodies and bodies inhabit the planet. Environmental scientists tell us our planet is sick, and our behaviour unsustainable. It’s not surprising then that much of this is reflected in our individual pathology. But conventional practice keeps selling the dream of a simplistic problem (broken brains) and magic pill solution. And I keep bumping up against people who have this view… and sometimes I get OVER IT!!

But I’m going to keep my chin up and keep asking questions because that’s me. I’m a curious soul with a sensitive BS meter. So what else is possible? How do we go beyond the corporate slogans and cultivate real, authentic, genuine and lasting mental health? How do we thrive in an insane world?

Rethinking this blog

Hello great ones! This blog has been a bit quiet lately as I’ve been mulling over how to morph it into a theme that continues to inspire me. Initially I was driven to write about holistic mental health, to support the work of Dr Kelly Brogan and other health practitioners who are offering an alternative to the pharma based treatment protocols. I was angry about over prescription of psychiatric medications, the corruption in conventional health care (see talk below) and the lack of awareness about evidence-based alternatives.

However, no matter how compelling the argument and how much evidence the alternative presents… conventional thinking continues and deeply rooted myths persist. Many sheeple are just not willing to challenge the status quo. They believe what they’re  told and nothing is going to convince them otherwise. They are second hand people reciting old thoughtforms. They are not interested in thinking for themselves.

When writing articles for this blog I felt like I was trying to prove my truth.. to convince people of what I’ve always believed intuitively since the word go: that no health issue is isolated, that we are whole beings needing whole health treatment.. that people aren’t just random meat suits with broken biology… there’s a layer of meaning behind many illnesses … that pills are best as bandaids and have serious side effects to consider.. and that they are often not a long term solution. This is a gut feeling/ instinct that I’ve tried to validate by finding practitioners who share my opinion.. and there are many! But at the end of the day I’m done trying to convince! This is my belief system… things I think I know but can’t prove.

Holistic health, alternative health and complementary health.. I’ve been drawn to these areas since I was a teenager. I didn’t have to read evidence or literature to convince me to give them a go. I remember walking into a heathfood store when I was 15 and noticing how it just “felt good in there.” I never needed proof. I always felt at home in this world. I’m drawn to doctors like Kelly Brogan intuitively and don’t care if they get into controversial territory with their protocols. I try things because I feel a pull there. A gut feeling that there’s something relevant for me. I follow my natural curiosity, in an often non-scientific way and I’m 100% okay with this.

So moving forward, I think this blog needs a different theme.. a lighter feel. I’m so bored with the term “mental health” it’s heavy and ironically somewhat depressing in it’s nature. I’m so over even thinking about it. I’m still not sure where I might go though… I need more time to consider what else I can offer here. Bare with me.. I expect to find clarity on this soon!

 

Calm body clear mind: free online course!

I just noticed Dr Kelly Brogan is offering a free online mental health course where you can learn to how to treat anxiety and depression and leverage your mindset for transformation. Register here.

Dr Brogan is a New York Times bestselling author and psychiatrist who treats mental health with the greater whole body context in mind. She’s known for myth busting and spreading awareness about mental illness.

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