Bettering the human condition through studying & promoting emotional health and wellness.  

This page offers information concerning critical perspectives in psychology, a curated collection of links to websites, books, and other health and wellness products that may complement a holistic self-care regimen.*  

Vitamins, Herbs, & Supplements

Fresh fish oil: potential benefits for mental health (anxiety, depression, stress), and areas of physical health. If I only took one supplement besides a multivitamin, I’d take fish oil for its potential wide range of benefits that support a healthy mind and body.

Ashwagandha: preliminary studies suggest that ashwagandha may help reduce anxiety, improve physical and cognitive performance, and have other benefits (consumerlab.com). This is my preference for sleep over melatonin and valerian root. I can take it at 9 p.m. and sleep soundly through the night or 2 a.m. and wake up at 7 (if need be) without the hangover effect I’ve experienced with melatonin.

SAMe: a naturally occurring compound found in every cell in the body is one of the most studied natural treatments for depression. Several studies have demonstrated its effectiveness, but recent studies suggest dosage may be important (1600 mg, depression; 1200, osteoarthritis) (www.ConsumerLab.com)

Marital / Relational Health & Happiness

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph. D. https://harvilleandhelen.com

John Gottman, Ph.D. https://www.gottman.com

Human Rights & the mental health system

Law Project for Psychiatric Rights: non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States.  

MindFreedom International: nonprofit organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities. http://www.mindfreedom.org

Addiction

Marc Lewis, Ph.D.: Neuroscientist, retired full professor of developmental psychology. Author or co-author of many journal publications in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and parenting, editor of an academic book on developmental psychology, and, more recently, he has written two books on the science and experience of addiction.  http://www.memoirsofanaddictedbrain.com/authors-bio/  Memoirs of an Addicted Brain https://amzn.to/2ljdNTq

Organizations, Writers, Practitioners

The Critical Psychiatry Network (CPN) http://www.criticalpsychiatry.co.uk: a psychiatric organization based in the United Kingdom created by a group of British psychiatrists concerned about the human rights and the civil liberties of people with mental health illness.  Concerned about psychiatric practice where and when it is heavily dependent upon diagnostic classification and the use of psychopharmacology - - - concerns that reflect recognition of poor construct validity amongst psychiatric diagnoses and scepticism about the efficacy of anti-depressants, mood stabilisers and anti-psychotic agents, and have ramifications in the area of the use of psychiatric diagnosis to justify civil detention and the role of scientific knowledge in psychiatry.

Robert Whitaker. American journalist and author, and publisher of madinamerica.com Anatomy of an Epidemic  won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism.  

The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry, Inc. (ISEPP): 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization of mental health professionals, physicians, educators, ex-patients and survivors of the mental health system, and their families.  http://psychintegrity.org

Professor Peter C Gøtzsche http://nordic.cochrane.org/peter-c-gøtzsche Author. Specialist in internal medicine. Co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration. Founder of the Nordic Cochrane Centre. Professor of Clinical Research Design, University of Copenhagen.  

Peter R. Breggin, MD: "The Conscience of Psychiatry"  http://www.breggin.com

Joanna Moncrieff, MD http://www.joannamoncrieff.com: practising psychiatrist, part-time academic and author interested in the history, philosophy and politics of psychiatry, and particularly in the use, misuse and misrepresentation of psychiatric drugs.

 Amicable divorce

The Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc.: a statewide association of lawyers, mental health professionals and financial advisors who work together to learn, practice and promote a collaborative process for problem solving and a respectful resolution of family law issues.  http://www.collabdivorce.com https://www.cflcw.org/member-directory/#!biz/id/578095e064fb5a065ef45893

Psychological & Spiritual Growth & Development 

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl https://amzn.to/2tj2qz7

Always Maintain A Joyful Mind  https://amzn.to/2tj2qz7

fail fail again fail better, wise advise for leaning into the unknown https://amzn.to/2tj2qz7

The Enneagram in Love & Work, Understanding Your Intimate & Business Relationships by Helen Palmer  https://amzn.to/2K3POWs

Understanding the Enneagram, by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, The Practical Guide to Personality Types https://amzn.to/2JWZdzH

The Wisdom of the Enneagram, the Complete Guide to Psychological & Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types  https://amzn.to/2K9H0OS

By Pema Chodron:  Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron https://amzn.to/2MJisui

Start Where You Are, A Guide to Compassionate Living https://amzn.to/2K9YOta

Comfortable with Uncertainty, 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion https://amzn.to/2MMVYJ6

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