Most people think shocking people in mental hospitals stopped decades ago. It's alive, well and growing in popularity. Doctors and hospital websites say it is safe and effective, but did you know the FDA never required safety testing? Were you aware that ECT has no standardized operating procedures (SOPs) for the "method of administration?" One [...]
My brother made this silly photo showing my upgrade from Utah red to BYU blue... as I looked at it, the "upgrade" just seemed so ironic as I'm gradually losing mobility and independence due to electrical injury caused by electroconvulsive therapy. So while I do love my BYU Blue chair ... I've stared at [...]
Planning ahead for crisis when you're well, empowers you to maintain the ability to make choices regarding treatment when you may not physically have the ability to voice your opinion or preferences. Creating a crisis plan requires taking a hard look at what you need when you are in crisis and then expressing it in [...]
Shawn Rapier, host of the Latter-day Lives podcast poses with Sarah after their interview. After nearly two decades in a mental health system which doesn't recognize spiritual experiences as anything more than a form of mental illness, it's rare that I share my personal perspective and beliefs about my recovery journey. However, not [...]
9: Developing your Action Plan for early warning signs (Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)-Part 4)
Can you recognize the early warning signs of mental illness? Do you have an action plan to keep things in check?Let's build your WRAP. Sarah mentions her guest appearance on the Latter-day Lives Podcast.
Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist whom I view as a living legend, invited onto his weekly radio hour as an official guest. He's worked for decades shining a spotlight on unethical psychiatric treatments and their affect on patients. It was an honor to be invited to share my story with his listeners. Dr. Breggin [...]
Whether you're at the gateway pondering your Recovery Journey or further along in your passage, building & maintaining emotional self-reliance requires having a wellness toolbox filled to the brim with daily, practical strategies to keep yourself on track and a keen awareness of personal triggers which might shift your journey. This week's podcast includes a [...]
Burnout occurs when we become so distracted by circumstances that we become desensitized to our body’s alarms. Using WRAP with the Feldenkrais Method strengthens ability to recognize subtle differences. Feldenkrais Attention to Movement exercise. Copeland, M E (2000). Wellness Recovery Action Plan & Uchtdorf, D (2008). A Matter of a Few Degrees.
On the brink of burnout? Searching for wellness tools to prevent burnout personally and professionally? Since I developed my Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) with a peer support specialist, I can recognize when I'm on the brink and have a plan in place to prevent falling over the burnout cliff. For more information on WRAP, [...]