Petition · New Zealand Government: BAN THE USE OF ECT IN NEW ZEALAND · Change.org

ECT may work for some but it is not 100% safe it destroyed my life when it was used on me against my will it makes it very difficult to learn skills. It also makes me forget things like my children’s names at best it’s a short-term fix that has to be repeated throughout your life to be effective it’s a barbaric and outdated procedure that needs to stop as you can not justify fixing 9 people at the expense of the 10th

Source: Petition · New Zealand Government: BAN THE USE OF ECT IN NEW ZEALAND · Change.org

Psychiatry ignores trauma says Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Psychiatry Must Stop Ignoring Trauma, says Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Yes, please, and thank you for saying so! 

Of course psychiatry must not just stop ignoring trauma, it must stop retraumatizing the already traumatized. It’s clients. The very vulnerable people who seek help and end up being harmed further. Not only are hospitals and a lot of standard treatment horribly abusive the medications have been found to be further agents of trauma.

It’s also true that coercion, subtle or otherwise, is the rule in psychiatric care and that the United Nations has also declared forced treatment to be a form of torture.

Hallelujah for folks like Bessel van der Kolk and Gabor Mate who are helping bridge the gap between lived experience and academic clinicians who are totally missing the boat and causing more harm.

We can heal and we do given the right sort of supports. The mainstream mental illness…

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Petition · New Zealand Government: BAN THE USE OF ECT IN NEW ZEALAND · Change.org

ECT may work for some but it is not 100% safe it destroyed my life when it was used on me against my will it makes it very difficult to learn skills. It also makes me forget things like my children’s names at best it’s a short-term fix that has to be repeated throughout your life to be effective it’s a barbaric and outdated procedure that needs to stop as you can not justify fixing 9 people at the expense of the 10th

Source: Petition · New Zealand Government: BAN THE USE OF ECT IN NEW ZEALAND · Change.org

The Power of Being Heard

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An awesome survivor recently shared this poignant quote with me the other day and I had to pass it on.

I can only imagine how many of us suffer “secondary wounding” when we reach out for understanding and empathy for our psychiatric injuries.

In my case, people’s responses to my experience did more long term damage than the initial trauma. This secondary wounding affects me on every level from how I talk to myself, how I view my struggles and how I respond to other people’s distress to my ability to relax enough to fall asleep every night. Trauma + secondary trauma is hell. Nuff said.

The same person who shared the quote expressed sympathy for my experience and it took a few days to let it sink in. I regularly get invalidated by people ignorant to hidden disability, to experiences other than their own or they just think they know what…

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