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Well, I continue to do well. The other night I went to an art show. All the work was by disabled artists.  I ended up talking to one person in paricular. Well, I reveiled some of myself to her. She think meds help people. I told her that meds had ruined my life…well, almost ruined until I weaned off of them. She said she know several people that have been helped by meds. And several people who got worse when my doctor took them off the meds.  I wanted to say that probably the people who went of didn’t wean off correctly, but I didn’t.


Good morning, or afternoon,

I haven’t decided if I will listen to the Mindfreedom radio today because I might be out at a fun event at that time.  But I am with them at heart.

Yesterday I got a mean comment.  Hmmmm, I wonder why people get so mean.  Makes my understand better why Giana at Beyond Meds turned her comments off.  I do think the comment section of a blog is what makes blogging fun.

I just visited Beyond Meds and enjoyed a video that Oz J. made for Giana.  Here is an excerpt and a response from that to the mean commenter of last post:

I am undiagnosing myself from mental illness.

[After lines later he says]

Mentalism is todays racism.
I grow sick of hearing others call people schizo as a joke. It’s not funny now and it never was.
I grow sick of people assuming that mentally ill are more violent. This is not true now and never was.

You may see the whole video on Gianna’s site here.

2:46 p.m Well, I did listen to the Mindfreedom Radio.  On the one hand it is exciting. On the other, the struggle is something I just want to put behind me.  I am so focused on one other “normal’ things that I just don’t want to revisit that part of my life right now.  I have achieved a lot, but I am still not financially independent. I don’t want a potential employer Googling me and finding out about this aspect of my life.
Hmmm, I guess I didn’t say I would give myself five years of being stable and off-meds. How many has it been?  I think it has been 3 1/2.  Others see me as a success, even a role role model in this community.  Not for what I do for mental health, but for what I do for other causes.

Good morning.

I have taken a break from posting and reading the psychiatric survivor blogs.  I am doing really, really well.

Sometimes I think about writing a book, a novel, about my experiences.  Sometimes I think about running as far as I can and never telling anyone about my past.

I am not sure if I will listen to this show or attend a winter sporting event.

I received an email from Mindfreedom about their radio programs this Saturday, Feb.

Here is some information from the email:
Your calls are welcome *this* Sat., 13 February 2010

Lauren Tenney and Jim Gottstein are guests on next
MindFreedom Mad Pride Live Web Radio show!

Listen and call in live, with host David W. Oaks.

Guests are both psychiatric survivor activists:

JIM GOTTSTEIN of Alaska is an attorney and president of PsychRights, a
public interest law firm that has made waves to change the mental
health system throughout the USA.

LAUREN TENNEY of New York fights for silenced psychiatric survivors
she calls the “De-Voiced.” Lauren works with groups such as We The
People and Opal Project. Lauren is also building bridges between the
academic and activist worlds.



MindFreedom Mad Pride Live Free Web Radio

WHEN: *THIS* Saturday, 13 February 2009 – 90 minutes.

USA: 11 am PT, 12 noon MT, 1 pm CT, 2 pm ET
London: 19:00 * Berlin: 20:00 * New Zealand: 8 am

AT THAT TIME CLICK HERE to listen free and call in LIVE:

Your live calls, questions, comments, are welcome!

Call-in Number: (646) 595-2125.

Can’t get to a computer that day? No problem!

You can now use that call-in number just to listen, like a
teleconference. Because of the high number of calls, more lines were
added, though we may hit capacity. This feature may change in future.

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