The Best of Yourself™
I listen to a lot of podcasts. When I feel threatened by anxiety or pain, more often than not, I lie down and turn on a podcast that calms my nerves and settles my emotions. As I was trying to decide what to listen to last night, I was struck by a theme that runs...
I would like to announce the first printing of Reclaim the Best of Yourself. This book is intended primarily for those individuals who are tapering off of psychiatric medications or are contemplating doing so. It is also intended for those individuals who are...
I was often told by my psychiatrists that I had chemical imbalances in my brain that were the cause of my mental health disorders. And, they readily offered me psychiatric medications to right these supposed imbalances. Curiously, they never tested me for any such...
“Life's fantasy: To be locked away and still to think you're free. You're free. You're free!” – Ronnie James Dio A year ago today, I got off of the last of my medications. My 27-year medication odyssey had ended. When I celebrated my Victory over Meds Day on October...
Tens of millions of people worldwide use psychiatric medication prescribed to them by well-intentioned medical practitioners. Some, on a short term basis, may see stabilization and moderate improvement. Others, who have been on such medications long-term, face an uncertain future of ever increasing dosages; physiological and psychological dependence; the introduction of the new, stronger medications; the appearance of unanticipated, debilitating side-effects; and a general downward spiral into a state of diminished mental and physical health.
It is our belief that we face nothing less than a crisis in the field of mental health in part created by the over-prescription and chronic use of these drugs, especially in untested combinations. It is our desire to empower doctors, health professionals and patients with the knowledge necessary to precipitate withdrawal from these drugs as quickly as prudence dictates, and to explore holistic methods of achieving mental stability and happiness. At the Holistic Mental Health Institute (HMHI), we are dedicated to researching effective environmental, orthomolecular, and integrative alternatives to the long-term use of psychiatric medication to treat chronic mental health problems.
We strive to educating patients and prescribers about the viability of such alternatives. We are committed to make the institute the go-to source of funding for those individuals who desire to taper off and then replace their psychiatric medication with holistic alternatives. Lastly, we seek to create an informational clearing house where individuals who have suffered from long-term use of psychiatric medication use can strategize legal recourse.
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Nothing on this website is intended to be taken as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before altering your medications. Any medication changes should be done only after proper evaluation and under medical supervision. Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it may not only be dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision.