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I’ve debated whether or not to post this since seeing Robert Whitaker’s lecture slides and heard about the results of his talk to NAMI from friends who were there, but ultimately decided that since this is an actual personal issue for many people, due to your own health or those of people you love, it’s […]

I really like this post on body policing, and in particular, how people seem to feel qualified to tell someone with a chronic illness that if they just did X – largely either adopt some quack routine or exercise – that all their problems would go away. In particular, I really liked this: You’d never […]

“Hey, Kelly? Weren’t you supposed to start writing about a week ago, give or take?” “Why yes, Anonymous Internet Voice, I was!” “Well, you didn’t. Why not?” “It’s a bit of a story, Anonymous Internet Voice, but pull up a virtual chair and I’ll tell you all about it…” Okay, cutesy conceit dropped, but the […]

It occurs to me that chronic pain/suffering is the opposite of trust. In fact, it is in many ways the ultimate in broken trust – a broken trust in your body. We have this implicit notion of what the body can be like, and should do. How it should perform, respond, and behave at any […]