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Hi and thank you. Though I interpret some of Alice Miller\'s work a bit differently on some issues I love your posts and her work. In fact with the aid of her website and your posts I experienced a major breakthrough in my 5 year long journey in therapy with a LCSW. I also found very helpful your commentary on AA. Through direct experience I came to the same conclusions about AA. Once I started to open and learn more about the origins of my wounds I could no longer sit in the meetings and leave my mind vulnerable to the constant contridictions that I heard from the other\'s speaking at the meetins. I was sober for 9 years at that point. I do know without a doubt that the 12 step program was a priceless aide in becoming and remaining sobriety for the first 9 years. It wasn\'t until I met with people on the job who mirrored and exaserbated all my childhood wounding that I finally found an amazing therapist who walked me through the past 5 years. Though I did have lot\'s of therapy those first 9 years, she was the first to point out tha I suffer from PTSD and she wasn\'t big on jumpiing to forgiveness like all before her. I couldn\'t even hear her the first three years. In fact I told her OH NO don\'t go there with me. I have already forgiven my parents. I myself am the mother of a 27 year old boy and a 12 year old girl, and they have different fathers. If you are interested I will tell you my journey with my children. You mention not having children until the traumatic wounding is healed. Yes I agree people who are likely to pass down the wounding should not have children BUT that will not happen. People will continue to procreate if for only the reason that most wounded people have no impulse control and make babies all the time. You talk about the time it takes to truly heal. YES it takes a whole lot of effort to heal making all the demands of parenting very difficult. For me I have decided whatever the price economically and socially I will do the work putting my daughter and my own healing first. That is easier now after I worked while my husband got his R.N. Long story! I find that it takes so much time and effort that I wonder how I can maintain this journey. At this point I have really begun to grieve and look at my past... I am telling you it is not easy and does not usually meet with the approval of society. I can\'t say well I am processing so much data and working so hard to heal that I am not presentable today. Instead I say oh I am having such a hard time with menapause etc. etc. Then I am met with all kinds of advice. In short the good news is I am a good mother I work every day to be fully present for my daugher and my daughter is thriving. She is well balanced, joyful and has reasonable self esteem. As I work on my boundaries I help her with hers. I listen to her fully and I thank GOD that my therapist has been an amazing mirror for me. My son is ok and it\'s never too late. I was not as narcisistic as my own parents. In fact I was much more loving. My son suffered the worse as I did abandon him in my addications and his father raised him alone starting at age 5, which I am grateful for. I returned to his life when he was 11. I did however manage to hold him a lot the first year of his life and I tried to be a good mother. It was really important to me from my first born on. I didn\'t want to pass down those horrible feelings but the repetiion compulsion and my addiction to alcohol and drugs was very strong at that stage of my life. There\'s so much I could share here and I am saying there is hope for people who really want to end the repetition compulsion. It does take a huge amount of willingness and faith however. Some days I spend writing crying etc I change appointments etc. then at 3 PM I put on a happy face and pick my daughter up from school. It\'s terrifying because I have a small busines I am trying to run but as of this past month I am letting go of anything coming before my healing journey. If I loose clients I will get other\'s later. I know thi work cannot wait. It takes a tremendous amount of faith and courage. The faith being that I cannot do this work, be there for my daughter and work full time. I finally accepted that about the situation. We live in a beautiful place...in AZ a wonderful place to raise a child. However this town seems to be filled with either corporate minded people or NEW AGE thought and of course there is a lot of belief in Spiritual BY-PASSING. In other words traditional therapy as they call it is in some points of view a waste of time and money when afterall you can do this healer or that method to a fast track healing of mind, body and spirit. Not in my case you can\'t I tried lot\'s of methods as Miller says a mixture of eastern and westeren religous philosophy and it all futhered and intensified my confusion. If you respond to me I will would be happy to give you further information on my journey to end the suffering in myself and to help my children be free of the wounding. My childhood was extremely abusive, and I suffered greatly. I was sexually abused by my father and many other\'s. I saw violence on a regular basis and my mother was young and extremely narsisistic very wounded herself. She was horrible to me. With a grateful Heart~
Hello Daniel! First I would like to thank you for sharing your work, it gives hope to a lot of people, including me I was wondering which country/state in your opinion has the best/freest legislation concerning psychosis & schizophrenia, as involuntary treatment and forced medication can be really torturing Kind Regards Erik
Hi Daniel, Thank you for sharing your experience. I would say a few people are on this or a similar path of realization with the parent stuff. I used to be a physician at one point for a few years, don\'t practice a while now. Nice to know someone out there has gone/is going through similar stuff too. Definitely is a process for me also. Might be nice to meet with you sometime (although I don\'t expect anything here, of course). Feel free to drop an email if you feel like it. Thanks again for all the insight, Madiha
Would SOMEONE PLEASE help me! I need someone like Elnora Van Winkle to help me through a bad crisis now -but all mental health practitioners now say pills like SSRI\'s are the solution, the ones available to me here in the Chicago area. I believe in her - and the likes of, say, Dr.Peter Breggin Someone please contact me with suggestions, Greatly appreciated yet needed David F
I am very happy to have found your website Daniel. And, I immediately bought your book, \"Breaking From Your Parents.\" I can certainly understand your views and how they can be rejected by so many other people - parents and people in the mental health field. It\'s very unfortunate; however, I do value your thinking very much! Would love to meet you sometime in Manhattan too.
Hello Daniel, How are you doing! This is sort of personal question but if you know something about it please respond! I live in Finland I have been in talk therapy for about 10 sessions but that did not work so i have been to psychiatrist now. I just visited psychiatrist yesterday who prescribed me a drug named \"VENLAFAXIN\". He said this drug works best if you combine it with with discussion therapy, exercises, etc. and he said don\'t be afraid by internet horror stories and trust me and use exactly how i tell you (very low doses to high steadily) this is be very helpful for your depression (which i got 24 in Beck\'s depression inventory questions). What do you think about this? Can you suggest me something, i would be very grateful. Regards
Hello Daniel, My son has just turned 20 and we have put him in a hospital here in Atlanta over the Christmas holidays. He is having his first \"psychotic breaks\" wth varying diagnoses from BiPolar with Schizoid Effects to straight out Schizophrenia. Lots of history but we have also seen some hopeful signs as well. History of drug use. I would like to believe that our son is suffering from being terrified and that dealing with core issue would help. Where can we find some doctors here in Atlanta that think like you do?1) Healthy lifestyle, 2)dealing with core issues, 3)controlled environment, prepared for a cure that will take a long time, affordable. If not all 5, 3 out of 5? Gary Brust, Parent, Metro Atlanta Area
Greetings sir, as a singer songwriter musician recording engineer producer etcetera, I found your video while writing a series for TV or FIlm whoever may pick it up,. But I wanted to thank you for explaining to me how fundamentally precise your methodology of explaining how to heal oneself from the abyssal within to the vast expansion of what it must have been like on the open range. Having to endure so many elements but at the same time attaining freedom and a sense of calm. Something I long for and struggle with every single day of my life. I am definitely my own worst enemy and I can tell you right now that I am in a world of despair but have the fundamental understanding that I can get through this. I know I can aspire to be and become whole once again. but for me, the algorithm of life seems to be so hectic and I\'m just looking for a normal EKG. Metaphorically speaking of course. I guess I hide behind lyrics and my music but when I record or finish writing a song it becomes very cleansing for myself. It\'s much like yourself keeping a daily journal with which by the way I do myself. I tend to live my life as a very big giver and rarely ask for any kind of help. All the money I\'ve basically made in life I\'ve either given away to help others unconditionally perhaps to my detriment and perhaps a major part of the reason or shall I say a component that makes me feel better. But in the long run I haven\'t healed myself and now very broke in more ways than just money. Thank you for the light I experienced this evening because I\'m a firm believer that light always outshines the dark and you are the embodiment of all that is good in this world and to take the time to help another begin to heal not just me but I\'m sure many many others, I could never thank you enough. I\'m never afraid to ask for direct contact and it\'s unfortunate in this world people have come to be very protective and understandably so but I\'m so old school when it comes to the healing of the soul especially and would love the opportunity to either meet or talk to you someday. I believe we share many of the same ideals and I am never too proud to tell another human being just how special they truly are. You are quite an asset to have in this world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your compassion and incredible foresight to understand the human mind with all its complexities and imperfections. In closing, thank you for the time for putting together what you have because to me time is the most precious gift of all. Respectfully, Brian
Hi Daniel, I\'ve watched a lot of your videos and find them mostly spot on. I resigned from my former career in finance and am undertaking a MSW, which I will complete next year at age 61, Most of my prior education in this area came from the human potential movement in the 80\'s, including Lifesping, Actualizations (Stuart Emory) and the Forum, all of which are very consonant with what you have been saying (in my opinion). Two things I would comment on: You mention that in an enlightened person, the distinction between conscious and unconscious would go away. I think a better way to think about it is that the conscious mind has limited capacity, while the unconscious mind has many more \"parallel processors\" working all the time to perceive and interpret our environment. An enlightened person has the ability to focus on those unconscious parts at will (the separation barrier is not guarded by fear). But I have not met anyone who is able to be conscious of every judgement and evaluation that is made every second. Instead, the proposed model is to have the different elements of the self come to a mutually agreed conclusion about goals and objectives, so the unconscious processors receive clear and consistent direction to notice things and make choices that will advance the person\'s goals and objectives. The second thing I would like to comment on is the notion that one should not have children until one has in a meaningful sense \"finished the work\" of dealing with childhood trauma. I think that is problematic for two reasons. The first is that the persons who would listen to that advice are likely much more advanced along the path of self awareness than persons who would not seek or follow such advice. So by telling those whose task is started but not completed not to reproduce, you would have the next generation be on average be more traumatized that the current generation who does not follow that advice. I think the test is not whether one has achieved self-awareness, enlightenment, or however you phrase it. I would recommend that any potential parent that understands they have unresolved issues AND IS WILLING TO ADMIT THAT TO THE CHILD AND ADMIT TO BEING WRONG can be ready to have children if they can have some basic level of self control. Children can understand being enrolled in the family helping each other struggle with each person\'s brokenness in search for wholeness. If that fundamental truth is acknowledged, there is a lot of room for all to grow and be better than not existing (not being born). My fundamental mantra as a father was \"I\'m not better than you or smarter than you, and I may be wrong, but I have the responsibility to make the best decision I can, even though it may be wrong.\" The follow on was (and is) \"I am not in competition with you - I want you to exceed me in every dimension that you are interested in.\" To say this more (perhaps) in alignment with the language you have been using, the problem is not the trauma, or even the repression of the trauma. The problem is the lie that there is no repression. Children can understand and deal with damaged parents. It\'s vastly harder to deal with being lied to and having one\'s reality denied. Regards, Norman Chaleff
In responding to your comments in -My Intended Audience for wildtruth.com - and as a practicing counselor, working with children for the last 15 years, I thank you for voicing exactly what is missing in \"parenting\" and in the illusion people call \"reality\". Your work is unparalleled in the mental health field. If you look for allies count me in. Keep it up!!
Hello, I hope this email finds you well! I attended last years Mental Health Film Festival and watched a documentary that you made \"Coming off Psych Drugs: A Meeting of the Minds\". We spoke after the Q&A and you gave me a DVD of your film. My name is Marina Landman, and I work at a peer-run program called Community Links. You can learn more about us here:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Community-Links-NYC/347550065345255?sk=info and you can feel free to contact me for more information. We\'re currently are working on a film screening and discussion showing \"Coming off Psych Drugs: A Meeting of the Minds\" on Sun Jan 25 1-4pm at the Brooklyn Central Library. I\'m contacting you to first make sure you\'re aware of this event which we\'re very excited about, and to also inquire about your possible participation.Please contact me so that we can further discuss your involvement in our FREE event and so that I can share the event flyer with you. I can be reached at 917-572-1247.I really look forward to hearing back from you!
Dear Daniel, It\'s another New Year at last (2015) and your video on \'Childhood Trauma and the Process of Healing\' is one of the best clips on that subject that I have ever seen. I count it as one of the true gifts to come out of a holiday season that brought home some of those childhood traumas when I least expected it, as some holiday seasons are wont to do. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your work. It is a wondrous gift that you have brought into the world and I am grateful for the clarity of your wisdom. Namaste.
Hi Daniel: I am impressed with all your work.
Hello Daniel, After another hospitalization and same result of being medicated in a holdover pen, with no answers as how to heal my inner child, being re traumatized by staff who is in denial of their own trauma. It\'s just a job for them, they speak down to patients and don\'t grasp the importance of healing trauma, the ignorance just goes through the ranks of the facility. What I noticed is that denial of personal trauma is an epidemic. The question I have is where do I go to heal, being vulnerable in order to find pieces of me is virtually impossible in the enviroment I\'m in it always leads to defenses going up and dissociating. It\'s so hard to trust. What advice can you give me Daniel?
Wow. This brother\'s on point. Thank you, Daniel Mackler
A good article on how deep insight meditation cured mental illness.. I cured my BPD the same way thru intensive 10-day silent meditation retreats over 7 years https://intentions.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/meditation-as-a-cure-for-mental-illness/
Dear Dave Mackler,Do you know where I can go for help in finishing the tapering of this drug zyprexa that is affecting my son Chris.He did the tapering as instructed but is experiencing agitation,insomnia,brain fog,disfocused,unvoluntary movement.My son Chris and I don\'t want him put on another psychotropic drug to leave us in the same suffering situation.And my son is not suppose to be on any psychotropic drug.This is lawsuit from the local hospital.Please direct us to caring people.Your help is greatly appreciated.And if you would like to follow my sons withdrawal we would honored to participate. Sincerely,Ruth Quinones
Dear Daniel Intellectually stimulating 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!\" Akua Toronto Canada
In searching for connection to the healing and recovery of my authentic self, I discovered your youtube video on \"Denial in the family system/torture for the child\". Without going into detail I related to your presentation and specificity into the breaking what I have come to understand as a type of emotional/amnesia around the effects of the childhood sexual abuse I endured. I would be interested in artistic endeavors that can heal those who are surviving from the various disorders that resulted from family abuse.
Dear Daniel, 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. In Liberty, Robinson
Hi Mr.Daniel, 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.
hi karen -- i\'ll reply backchannel because i don\'t know if you\'ll read this here. but in boston there\'s some decent stuff. first, check out madinamerica.com -- many of the people involved are in boston. then, there\'s advocates, inc. and in western mass (my best recommendation) there\'s the western massachusetts recovery learning community, but you have to live out there. daniel
hello Daniel. I saw your film on YouTube. My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia and we would like to get him help without medication. You have given us hope. do you have any referrals in the Boston area? Or we would come to New York .love and God bless Karen
Daniel, having recently discovered you and your work, I feel compelled to say that I believe you are a brave and generous man to share your profound perspective with the world as openly and honestly as you do. I believe this subject is the biggest taboo facing humankind that needs to be exposed in all its ugliness. 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
Thank you so much for your sharing of \"Take these Broken Wings\" and making it free and available to all. WE- the Santa Cruz MH Coalition will be showing this film to our community and will be having a discussion as well! 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
Daniel - I watched your post on youtube and I wanted to thank you for having shared it. I could recognise, I could relate to it...it made me happy. Inspirational. Thank(s). Keep liberating yourselves, it inspires me and gave me energy to continue my path towards liberation.
I just saw the movie open dialogue. i was both moved and excited. I have worked \'that way\' for the last twenty years. i am a trained (phd) therapist living in Jerusalem Israel. There is a book by a Finnish Psychiatrist name Ben Furman who writes in a simple clear english about this way of treating anyone. the book is called Solution Talk. (Norton 1992) note the date. 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 Thank you baruch shulem
Hi Daniel, 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 )
Daniel, 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.
Thank you all very much for your work. \"Take these Broken Wings\" film gave me hope, I wish it will keep inspiring me for a long time, I will watch it again every time I feel depressed. 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.