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|(102) Ruth Quinones
Sat, 22 November 2014 16:36:03 +0000
Tue, 11 November 2014 01:53:52 +0000
heartwarming and healing
funny and feeling
you are a gift to us all!
Thanks for Your True Self
my life is better for having watched your videos, reflected on the questions you pose and for the kindness shared with us all through your committment to being human.
I would like to say so much more -but for now- in the midst of my own grieving process -I'll say -"thank you thank you, thank you!"
Sun, 2 November 2014 13:23:41 +0000
First, I'd like to thank you for making your insights so easily available.
I would like to buy your book, "Breaking from your Parents."
However, I am not connected to Paypal. I do have Bitcoins and see that you accept Bitcoin donations. Would it be possible to send you $5 worth of BTC and receive the pdf version of the book?
Thanks for your work, I look forward to your reply and reading the book.
|(98) Shunsuke Shiina
Sat, 18 October 2014 23:28:04 +0000
I`m Shunsuke Shiina who is diagnosed as Schizophrenia at this July. I`m really inspired by your film and everything, and I`m amazing and thanking to your energy for psychosis problem. Since I started searching about Open Dialogue, I found the leading man for OD in Japan called Tamaki Saitou who has been Keropudas hospital and recommending Open Dialogue to Japan. I`ll be happy if you can connect with him and spread OD thought. I really hope OD gets started in Japan as soon as possible. And if you have a time to answer my question, how to react if I face to my symptom again after I came off the medication. Now I`m trying to come off the medication but I feel anxious after that`s completed. Well thank you for your time.
|(95) Annette Livingstone
Mon, 29 September 2014 17:51:17 +0000
I devoured Alice Miller's book on the inner child, (available as an audiobook on YouTube), and have been voracious in digging into what little information is available on this long-ignored, or should I say long-hidden, human crisis.
I finally have a finely focused picture of what has happened to me at the hands of my own parents. I have (again) recently gone NC (no contact) with my parents for the last time, so as to avoid future wounds. I know that if they remain in my life, I will never feel well and/or happy. Thank you for giving us permission to save our souls from the tyrants. Your work is a great gift to my inner child. With love, Annette, aged 56
Sun, 28 September 2014 18:11:45 +0000
Information and video documentaries such as these are very powerful tools to assist in slowing down the medical model juggernaut that continues to do more harm than heal. THANKS Again David! Kindly, JEN
Sun, 28 September 2014 10:28:33 +0000
|(92) baruch shulem
Tue, 23 September 2014 07:50:46 +0000
i was in Finland and ran a workshop on the theme "Just talking".
I have been a lone voice here in Israel about just talking to people. My inhouse research shows that on an average of 6-7 conversations (sessions) people report get better and can do the rest on their own. I work only with the walking wounded: Fear, anxiety, anger, trauma, loneliness, marital issues, etc.
I teach a lot and would like a copy of open dialogue if at all possible. it is such a clear, open and moving picture of my work. WOW
Have you ever been in Jerusalem? Consider yourself invite.
I would like to send you a copy of my book
The Jerusalem Formula: A religious alternative to psychotherapy. Send me an address
Wed, 17 September 2014 13:25:41 +0000
thanks so much, again :), for your guidance ( truth), over the last couple of years . thanks for your selflessness and work to continue to get the message out . all the best in your journey.
Bart ( Vancouver BC )
I believe we are on a similar path. From what I get from this, though, is that you are much further ahead of me in terms of recovery. Still, everything you mention here, speaks to me. Be on the look out for my memoir in the future, the working title is "Born in May".
In the meantime, keep changing the world. We all need that.
|(89) Yahia Asrawi
Fri, 29 August 2014 11:12:46 +0000
Before this movie I was confused about if I have a strong depression or some kind of schizophrenia, because I did a horrible things in the past, like living a lies, even a big lies, have weired, mythical, fictional, life and thoughts.
Unfortunately these days I feel some what shame and embarrassing from things I did, because now I cured, also I get more experience in life, so when I look at my past I can see what's right and what's wrong in my behaviors or actions, but I know that I should pass these feelings, because I changed now and become another person.
Thats all happened to me after tragedies and especially after a lot of bullying, bossy way of dealing with me when I was a child, from school, family...etc, unfortunately it's some thing normal in 3rd world countries.
Psycho medicines helped me but I rethought about them, because they become a part of my life style, and most of the time I am not facing or dealing with my problems I just retaking my pills.
Even the pharmacists who I used to buy my medicines from, they start telling me to stop and "you took enough", thats behavior make me think again about thees pills, because they earn money when I bye from them, so I thought that they are not necessary any more.
Thanks for reading my message, every body welcome to contact me at my E-mail.
Have a nice day.
Wed, 27 August 2014 13:35:47 +0000
Tue, 19 August 2014 19:53:38 +0000
I just watched your you tube video on how to tell if your therapist is good. It was quite validating, and helpful to me as a psychotherapist. Many thanks and well wishes.
Sun, 13 July 2014 03:58:06 +0000
I found your writing after I stumbled across your critique of psychotherapy on YouTube. I must say, I find your videos compelling and they have given me much food for thought, as I am currently in therapy myself.
Anyway, I am kinda curious about something. Your essays present a very hard-nosed viewpoint, yet when people comment on them your responses are thoughtful and reflective, if not downright caring! Why the disconnect?
I could offer a couple of ideas but I'd rather hear your reasons. I'm curious!
Thanks for your efforts
|(84) just a geek diva
Fri, 4 July 2014 04:18:35 +0000
|(83) Chris Ferguson
Tue, 1 July 2014 00:35:47 +0000
Very helpful website.
|(82) Ralph Bollweg
Thu, 5 June 2014 06:56:13 +0000
Tue, 3 June 2014 03:20:33 +0000
im irma from Indonesia, im a student in psychology field.
i have read some of ur essay, and thanks so much for ur writing, u are great!
i wish i can see u oneday..
Sun, 1 June 2014 00:43:26 +0000
For going to Laponia, doing us meet this amazing group of healing humans and society. Gives lots of confident to know they are there and you exist.
So honest documentary and really necessary for everyone, not only affected or medical support people. Humane race can improve themselves! even me
I known about your documentary through a forum of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Already bought, thank you for sharing generously but I decided to do an economical response, gratitude for your work.
You made me really happy spreading knowledge and human care in front and back of the camera. And nice soundtrack!
In my personal case, after 18 years fighting for healing (still, I get colds too), looking up for the stigma, rebuilding your live after each crisis, why those hard chemist treatments?: in Spain, under a psychosis you can't say no to medication, if so the answer is "you are in a hospital, you have to be under pharmaceutical treatment", you have no rights as a citizen...and no sick leave pay.
But, surprise! my psychiatrist decided to take out medication of me one year ago.
By now I was finding pretty alone, is a rare case yet here, no real support if you are not on pills, even from therapists specialized. But step by step, this will be a better world for those little growing into it now!
Here things are going crazy with politics, they want to criminalize psychiatric disorders. Really sad. Here is a document to give you an idea (sorry, only spanish) http://www.colectivosaludmental.org/
Hopefully one day will thank you personally in NY or maybe Barcelona, chatting by the seaside. (I can use my hands and my expression improves in english)
Best regards! Really!
I have spent many hours looking at your films on open dialog in Finland, listening to your interviews on open paradigm project's site and more…you are doing some incredible work that is so important. I have a daughter who's struggled for over 20 years with bi-polar depression, helping to raise her daughter too…so I have some experience here as well…I'm also a filmmaker and have set out with a friend to make a film about finding global perspective and solutions to our mental health crisis…We're still in production but have interviewed Robert Whitaker, Robert Thurman, will hall, dan fischer, gabor mate' and many more…but your voice is missing from our film…We would love to start a dialog about getting you into our film…We're a Seattle based film team. Do you have any future plans to come out west this Spring/Summer? Would love a chance to get you in front of our camera. please let me know the best way to contact you..it was a little hard finding an email here…Wishing you all the best,
Sun, 18 May 2014 06:34:15 +0000
|(76) Andrea Santos
Mon, 12 May 2014 13:54:23 +0000
I am a MFT in San Diego and a doctoral student with the Taos Institute where Sheila McNamee is my advisor.
I would appreciate an opportunity to be connected to you, to have a conversation with you, to get to know more about your work.
I am inspired by your videos and watching them has galvanized something in me. I hold many private ideas/wonderings about mental health/illness that have a similar texture to what you say/write/share and I have been looking for ways to give them voice and purpose.
I don't know what is possible for you right now as I am certain you are busy. I am just embarking on making sense of what this all is for me, so I am trusting that whenever it is that we connect it will be precisely the right time.
Thank you for your work, for the hope,
Tue, 6 May 2014 16:50:28 +0000
thanks for all the messages!! i read them all and will reply to those with private questions backchannel!! THANKS AGAIN!!!!! daniel p.s. gustaf: martin miller's book is only available in german at this time. i think he's still working on getting a publishing deal to have it translated into english......
We've been having contact at Youtube in the Autumn. I'm from Gothenburg, now living in Stockholm.
You've been a great inspiration the last half year. I've been in to self-therapy and coherence therapy, also reading a lot. I admire your openeness and self-reflective perspectives, also that you are a person in the field that really puts the things you talk about on your self. For what I've experienced it is really a rare thing that the person talking on the conference, seminarie or whatever is putting all the terms, theories, thoughts, fears and clouds on the person him/herself and their own background. I've just purchades your two latest books - breaking with your parents and the book about truth.
For me in Sweden it has been really hard getting therapeutic help from the open care. In Stockholm the psychiatric system are really fucked up, good descent, honest help is rare. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and medicine is POPULAR as hell. In Norway it is different. And also in Happaranda regarding the Open Dialogue you've shown in your documentary. I have a big map at home regarding receipts, papers from the care here - now it has gone so far that I've searched financial help from funds to be able to afford a good descent person that I can develop trust and a true honest self. We'll see how it goes.
So thank you for that. The interview with you from Self Anthoplogy is fantastic.
Do you know where I can get Martin Millers book about his mother Alice? Can't find it anywhere. I'm talking about "The True Drama of the Gifted Child" and a biography of Alice - cant remember the name of the first one.
If you come to Stockholm - LET ME KNOW! I've got a blog now regarding adult attachment and intimacy problems - also talking about the importance to nuance the word "trauma" and what it means to people who've been experiencing trauma. The view of Trauma in Sweden are really rigid and one-dimensional. Unfortf this blog is in swedish though at the moment.
Hope to here from you
Gustaf Lundh Stockholm