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Old 08-21-2007, 03:25 PM   #1
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Other than Psych Central, what are your favorite or top resources/blogs/news sites/etc. you visit regularly for this disorder or issue? Please reply to this thread and list a few of what you consider the best of the best online today.

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Old 08-22-2007, 06:39 PM   #2
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[*] Successful Schizophrenia

[*] Psychosis as Purposive

[*] When the Dream Becomes Real: A Conversation With John Weir Perry

[*] Schizophrenia Drug Free Crisis Center &amp; Helpline

[*] Recovery From Psychosis &amp; Schizophrenia

[*] Schizophrenia &amp; Recovery Resources

[*] mind.org.uk

[*] Furious Seasons

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The following account is from an individual who candidly and unashamedly shares his personal experience of psychosis and recovery from same...

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"In 1996 I had an experience normally called "mania" by most psychiatrists. At its peak, I was in such a state of ectasy that I thought I had died. The episode ended with me being handcuffed by two police officers and taken to Psychiatric Emergency because I had refused the officer's request to put my clothes back on, in the ballroom of a Toronto Hotel.

At the hospital, I could see that the doctors had no idea what was really happening to me. Obviously, they thought I had gone crazy. Their first diagnosis of me that night was that I had become "Bi-Polar" or possibly schizophrenic. My parents were terrified. Leaving the hospital 3 days later I refused to ever see a psychiatrist or traditional therapist again, although I did look for my own answers. That was the best decision I ever made.

A year later, I discovered the work of Transpersonal Psychologist, Dr. Stan Grof. In his book, The Stormy Search for the Self, I found a framework for exactly what had happened to me. He called it a Spiritual Emergency.

Now in 2007, I look back on this 'Spiritual Emergency' as absolutely essential for my personal growth, and as the most important and dangerous experience of my life."

Source: Bipolar or Waking Up?</blockquote>

For those who are interested in learning more, this individual has shared the chronicle of his breakdown and recovery via youtube:
[*] Part 1: The Start of the Journey
[*] Part 2: Where Am I?
[*] Part 3: Handcuffed
[*] Part 4: Exit Strategy
[*] Part 5: Are You Ready?
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The following collection of links seem to be helpful for those who "hear voices":
[*] Intervoice: The International Community for Hearing Voices
[*] Redefining Hearing Voices
[*] Hearing Voices that are Distressing: Self Help Resources &amp; Strategies
[*] Hearing Voices that are Distressing: Techniques Readers Have Used



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Another terrific resource for voice hearers, compliments of mouse1184: Hearing Voices (Auditory Hallucinations)


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For those who are keen to better understand any medications they or a loved one may be taking (or considering taking) this online database may be helpful: epocrates.com

Credit goes to gardenergirl for sharing the link.


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<font size=4>The Experiences and Views of Self-Management of People With a Schizophrenia Diagnosis</font>

I came across the following article in my various wanderings and thought it served as an excellent introduction to individuals who have received a diagnosis of schizophrenia or psychosis and their caregivers.

What I thought was most rewarding about this article was that it allowed individuals to represent their own views and it presented a diverse range of concerns and behaviors -- everything from finding meaning in their experience to working with caregivers to practical considerations.

I've included a few introductory remarks and a brief excerpt from the opening. Those who wish to read the full article should click on the links at the end of the post.
[*] The Experiences and Views of Self-Management of People With a Schizophrenia Diagnosis


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The Icarus Project and Freedom Center, two peer run mental health support communities, are excited to announce the publication of a valuable wellness and recovery tool!

<font size=4>Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs</font>

This 40-page guide gathers the best information we've come across and the most valuable lessons we've learned about reducing and coming off psychiatric medication. Includes information on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, withdrawal, support for people staying on their medications, a detailed Resource section, and much more.

The guide was written by Freedom Center co-founder and Icarus Project staff Will Hall, with a 14-member health professional Advisory Board comprised of medical doctors, nurses, psychologists and acupuncturists providing research guidance. More than 20 other collaborators from the survivor movement were involved in developing and editing. The guide has photographs and art throughout, and a beautiful original cover painting by Ashley McNamara.

Based in "harm reduction" philosophy, the guide emphasizes personal choice and weighing risks and benefits for each individual. It offers non-judgmental support to people continuing to take medication or lowering their dosage, as well as people exploring coming off. The risks associated with psychiatric medication are discussed along with risks of emotional distress and mental health crisis. Years of advocacy at the Freedom Center and Icarus Project have proven the effectiveness of this approach, which is neither pro-medication nor anti-medication, but instead provides accurate information and offers choices and alternatives.

TO READ THE GUIDE AND / OR DOWNLOAD AND PRINT A COPY: You can read a .pdf copy of the guide online, download and share the pdf file, link to it from your site, and print it out here: Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs


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<font size=4>Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Recovery Self Help Workbook</font>

What is this Workbook All About?
Unlike most other recovery self-help materials, this workbook does not concentrate on psychiatric disorders, symptoms or treatments. Instead, it focuses on how you can use your many strengths and resources to set goals and achieve recovery in broad domains of life such as:
[*] having a sense of home[*] increasing your knowledge and education[*] deciding what kind of work you may want to do[*] developing the kind of relationships you want to have with others[*] improving your sexuality and achieving intimacy[*] attaining higher levels of wellness[*] finding enjoyable recreational activities[*] unfolding your spirituality and other important areas

This workbook can be used along with other approaches to recovery that focus on reducing and self-managing disturbing symptoms.

This workbook guides you through the processes of self-assessment, self-discovery and planning that help you decide where you want to go in life. You will create personal vision, design long term goals and action steps to make progress towards your dreams. Pathways will help you use your own inner and outer strengths and the resources that are available to you to move you forward on your pathway to recovery. In other words, this workbook is about getting a fuller and more enjoyable life!

How to Use this Workbook
In Pathways to Recovery you actively venture onto the path towards recovery and learn from the successful experiences of others who have gone before you. Working this workbook is a little like having a travel agent or tour guide. By doing the readings and completing the self-assessments and exercises provided, you become much more active on your own behalf. As you work through each section you build the knowledge, skills and plans needed to make your journey a success. Exploration and finding out about yourself and your dreams requires a gradual build-up of activity, particularly if you haven't been actively involved in making important decisions for awhile.

Source (and ordering information): Pathways to Recovery

See also: How to Rebuild Your Life After a Breakdown


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