I think there is a certain prevailing idea that cannabis and other toxins are not of great importance to our health. Alcohol is consumed on a regular basis by millions of people. And despite all the publicity campaigns, people smoke tobacco with joy.
In the early days when I visited the psychiatrist and the psychologist, I often met a boy in the waiting room of that center. He was called J. and was 20 years old. I was 3 or 4 years older than him. He was dark with straight, medium length hair and tall like me. It was simple. He was distressed when they talked to him for a long time.
I would like to explain why I think psychiatrists haven’t done a good job with me. Why I consider they have arised more problems than those I already had, and turned my life more complicated than it used to be. And furthermore, why I have reasons to think they haven’t used the diagnostic criteria for DSM-IV properly.
Some years ago, together with a group of mates, we decided to initiate this path that is ActivaMent.
What is recovery? According to María Moliner’s Dictionary (2007), one of the meanings is: “To recover something that was lost”. In our case, that is, in the case of people with mental disorders, that “something” is as different in each one of us, as our pain is.
My trauma originated during the early 80s, when times were changing in Spain. I was then 9 or 10, and my memories are a bit blurred.
When we talk about recovery… what are we exactly talking about? About healing? About not having symptoms? Because I’m not recovered up to this point. But if we talk about recovery, assuming that even if we have symptoms, relapses and not feeling completely well, we can have a life with quality social relationships
Hello, my name is Francesc and I write the following text to try to convey how the positive dynamics in the recovery, especially the illustration and the graphic arts.
Last Friday 14th December we were invited to a social gathering from Catalunya Sin Barreras, from Radio Estel. There, we were asked this question and invited to think about how our vital context and its demographic characteristics can influence our mental health. Here you can find some of those thinkings.