This page may or may not be a permanent addition. It is being thought through. Very carefully thought through. For the next couple of days.
For a number of years I have read many books and watched many movies about mental illness, mental health recovery and addiction.
I also was a movie addict, watching every movie about mental illness that I could find desperately searching for answers that might help me. I no longer watch a lot of movies about mental illness, but do still watch them occasionally. My favorite movie is The Legend of 1900. Have you seen it? It’s a movie about fears and piano playing.
Over the past 10 years, I have read books and studies about how our physical health ties in with our mental health. For many it is more of an, “of course, our brains are part of our bodies…). For me, I have had to hunt down many answers to my mental illness/psychiatric diagnosis as too many of the medication side effects affected me greatly.
For those of you who don’t know me well, I treat many of my physical health problems as well as my mental health problems by modifying my diet and other health routines. I’ll be glad to steer you to the resources that have helped me the most and the ones that have helped me get the farthest on my journey. I have tried many diets, some helped me become less ill, some helped me become more ill. But again, this is me. Just because something worked for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you.
There have been a number of things I have read that haven’t worked for me. As I have time and energy, I will be glad to tell you what I know of what hasn’t worked and why. Most of the best help I received wasn’t from books written by psychiatrists, nor was it from books written by other professional treatment people. I have learned much from people who have taken the time to share their recovery journey and what worked.
Someone once asked me why I write sites like this one. Frankly, it’s because for me there were no solid answers when I needed them. When i asked people to help me, they would walk away or tell me that I could figure things out on my own. By people not being willing to steer me in the right direction, I would guess that I stayed more ill than I needed to for about 15 years. Too many people focused on meds as the best and only answer. Too many people focused on treatment and not putting enough focus on how to get me a life I could enjoy.
I don’t want that to happen to you so I will share. I very strongly believe in informed choice. Informed choice is where you have all the information you need to make a decision, not just the information that a treatment professional wants to share with you because it will make their life easier to not share something they don’t feel is in your best interests.
These pages will come together slowly. There will be affiliate links to purchases. I don’t plan on getting rich from this site, but it does need to become able to pay for itself. I really don’t want to take money from the government on an ongoing basis other than from organizations that have given me a reason to trust them. I really can’t take money from a pharma company. Meds are both good and bad and i really don’t want to feel that my voice is tied up because they are paying me.