Episode 11 – Elle, Redux

In this week’s episode:

I’ve been a bit under the weather this week, having taken 2.5 days off of work.  Luckily, I feel a bit better just in time to get together an episode!

In news and reviews this week, I came across an article that just made my blood boil.  It’s a Guardian article that talks about a lawsuit filed by a US former prisoner.  He alleges that severe neglect and abuse, in addition to not being provided adequate mental care, caused him to suffer sever delusions culminating in his gouging out his own eyes. (sorry).

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/08/prisoner-gouges-out-eyes-colorado-boulder-mental-health-lawsuit

In this week’s interview, I welcome back friend of the show, Elle.  She wanted to share some of her struggles with benzodiazapines and the stigma she has faced.

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Episode Ten: Erick Myrthil

In this week’s episode:

I was swinging pretty wide this week – from being happy and dancing to barely able to drag myself to the shower in the morning.  Still, I feel more stable than I have in a long time.

In news and reviews this week, I look at an article about new research that shows childhood trauma is inheritable by future generations.  And suddenly my life makes a lot more sense.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/childhood-trauma-can-inherited-future-generations-new-study/

It appears that health insurers are still not putting mental health on par with physical health when it comes to paying out claims.  Who’s surprised?  No One?  That’s what I thought.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/29/567264925/health-insurers-are-still-skimping-on-mental-health-coverage

My guest this week is Erick Myrthil, a recovering benzodiazapine user and addiction advocate.  Erick puts his phone number where his mouth is, and he makes himself available for phone calls with anyone who is struggling.  He is also the author of The Boogeyman In The Orange Bottle, due out soon.  I’ll make a mention when it is available. Check out his youtube channel for lots more.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Dyce2G3000

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