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raindropq wrote

how about a farming-collective near a lake or river with art and games


OldHippieChick wrote

I've heard of people who do that offline. It's just heresay, of course, but rural is kind of necessary if people are going cold turkey off of meds--that's hardly a quiet or low-drama process. Also helping is definitely not for the physically less-than-strong.

I'm significantly out of the loop but I do know about the Icarus Project:

and I think I've seen info on Mad in America and Beyond Meds, but I don't remember where.


5_0_4_1_5_8_7 wrote

I remember Mad-In-America. a specialist told me about it. Not sure if he was just using it as a bad example though.

The Op could try looking at the change between the USA and the Eu in terms of being on the spectrum, but most people are not.


OldHippieChick wrote

I tend to take diagnoses with a grain of salt after seeing the same group of "symptoms" diagnosed as hysteria in the '40s, paranoid schizophrenia in the '70s, ADHD in the '90s, and now Aspergers in the '10s.

Mad in America seems to be much more helpful if you don't have health insurance or don't respond well to meds anyway. Beyond Meds is also good, but I'm not sure if it is relevant to the culture of the majority of Raddlers.

Mutual aid gets a bad rap but I think it's easier for us to understand each other and that being able to offer compassion as well as receive it can be very healing, regardless of what the scientific explanation is for why we are us and they are them.

I don't think that they are better than us or that it is a true measure of mental health to be well-adjusted in a sick society. That isn't going to change, but I do think you can hide my posts if you don't want to see them.


Catsforfun wrote

look up peer specialists and mental health respites