Personal Empowerment

The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Medications.


pro- nor anti- medication, the guide provides valuable information for making wiser decisions, and supports people coming off as well as staying on meds. It was developed with the editorial involvement of 14 health care professionals, including psychiatrists, registered nurses, and acupuncturists, and published by The Icarus Project and Freedom Center. You can find out more about the Guide by clicking on the link in the Title. PLease make sure you scroll down far enough.

Read about the making of the Guide.


What the Dalai Lama has to say
 for 2010

Gianna's Corner



The Beyond Meds Archives

 By Gianna Kali,

Social worker/
Psychiatric Survivour

Gianna is going to take some well earned personal time to live a life.

She goes off line from her very personal, open and shared journey and withdrawal from psych meds. (drugs) After several years of the daily sharing of that struggle and all the genuine emotions expressed that have gone with it, she has now reclaimed her own power.  

Anyone who is still struggling with such issues should drop by and perhaps travel along the road to hope and recovery. It is a well travelled road with plenty of signs along the way to help you know that you are not lost and alone. Hopefully, you too will find the information and supportive voices you need to make it easier. 

Now it is time for a personal and private time. I wish her all the best and a great soul restoring and indefinite vacation from 'recovery.'


Anxiety Symptoms

Are you experiencing anxiety? Find out about common symptoms of anxiety and how to manage anxiety with relaxation techniques.


Four Ways to Get Over Trauma
Video by Psychotherapist Bill O'Hanlon


More on Personal Boundaries
Connects to Religion

Adult Bullying:

Is it Happening To You

How You Can

 Fight back


Taking Personal Control: Mind, Body, and Soul

Creating Connections Through Dialogue

For a free Podcast of Rufus May on Voice Hearing go to the Free Downloads page

Why Don't We Want Everyday Reality Acknowledged Openly?

  •  10/17/2016
  •   Lefave, Patricia
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Well, I think mainly because if we DO that, it might show people that a lot of the reports about group behaviour and boundary violation of selected individuals are VALID, that wrong  IS being done, that the people being 'assessed' by dysfunctional groups ARE being harmed and that pathologizing everything individuals SAY about that is just plain WRONG. This is, of course, where that 'worm can' phobia enters into the picture. It is also often where a further abuse of power is frequently employed...
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  •  12/21/2015
  •   Lefave, Patricia
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People who need to feel inherently “superior” or to reign “supreme” to other humans, especially when using some descriptor. (colour, religion, age, clothes, shoes, hair-do, wall paper, your curtains, ...etc. to do so.) It doesn't really matter which one since they are all just excuses for abuses anyway. They do it because they don't FEEL equal. Equal is all any of us really are. But our 'superiors' SECRETLYFEEL inferior, so becoming the polar opposite is the only way that they know how to fee...
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Quantum Positioning

  •  1/18/2015
  •   Lefave, Patricia
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Switching the Bait Changing the Catch Real change occurs that lasts, when people learn the difference between TAKING the bait and knowing they are BEING baited. You cannot change those who are always baiting others in their attempt to get a distress reaction, also often described (while doing grinning idiot) as 'getting her going' or 'getting at her.' They do this because they are pathetic individuals, constantly comparing themselves to others, often in idiotic ways, so they can feel better a...
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FREE Speech Means Free (genuine direct) SPEECH

  •  7/16/2013
  •   Lefave, Patricia
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Destroying other people’s property or flipping over police cars and setting them on fire are NOT SPEECH. Speech is what comes out of your mouth, in WORDS and how you use words matters. Also stop mocking and ridiculing people you don’t actually know, even if you disguise it as “humor” as it does not really do anything for you other than make you look like an abusive jerk, and it doesn’t do anything for them either…unless of course, it is OK with you if they do the same thing to you…(as equals) So...
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Following the Leader


Coping Video Below is 49 minutes long



For individuals, members of a people can have a sense of 'belonging' to people's 'reality', only if the others around them are prepared to respond to what they do and say seriously; is if the are treated as a proper participant in that people's 'authoring' of their reality, and not excluded from it in some way. For only then will they feel that the reality in which they live is as much theirs as anyone else's (39)..

John Shotter's

Conversational Realities
Constructing Life through Language

Sage Publications, 1993

Part I: A Rhetorical-Responsive Version of Social Constructionism

Wellness is About Understanding Personal Boundaries; BOTH Yours and Others and Knowing What is in Your Power to 'Fix" and What is Not. If You are from a Dysfunctional Family You May Never Have Really Known This.