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  1. Fin will LOVE Paris! His dad will have to drag him back across the Channel, tell him from me. Ste isn’t the first person I know of who has found that the medication meant to help with their mental health issues, is either doing no good or making things worse. I’m so glad to know he has support for what will not be an easy journey. But from what you have written in the past (and what Ste has blogged about himself), I don’t think that journey scares either of you. Having looked the Devil in the face, as it were.
    The brain is such a delicate organ and we still don’t understand nearly enough about how it works, or doesn’t work. I hope there is a clear way ahead for you both.

  2. Living without therapists and medication takes a brave leap, but I know from experience of a family member it can be done, and after some real struggles with withdrawal from medication, the light began to peak through. My family member and her family went from strength to strength, there were days that were not so good, but overall life has become so much calmer and peaceful for them. They started living a simpler less exhaustive life and as you say lived in a more holistic way. Therapists and medicines are not the only answers, be brave, be strong, and that mountain can be climbed.

  3. Well done, Alison my dear. It takes enormous courage, imo and ime, to draw those lines and say, “enough! Our lives are controlled by us; we are not controlled by our lives” and to insist that, despite the depression and accompanying demons, despite those things, we can still get up, get dressed, keep clean, eat properly, walk outdoors, live our lives…
    It took me many, many years… and still sometimes it tries to overwhelm me once more… but I know that if I swing the routines into place, if I impose order onto chaos, then it won’t magically remove the chaos but I will get through, fed and alive…

  4. Have you heard of the Lightning Process? It might be helpful for Ste. It isn’t cheap – £650 or so when I did the course in 2015, but it changed my life as I recovered from chronic Illness (M.E.). I know people have also overcome other conditions including anxiety and depression, using the Lightning Process.
    (I’m not affiliated with it in anyway, just passing on the information).
    There is a video on this link that explains how it can help with depression.

    1. I haven’t Debbie, but I’m going to look into it now. Thank you so much: it is so helpful to receive recommendations like this…x

  5. Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
    I have a mental illness which medicene cannot cure but only manages (with all the unpleasant side effects). I came to Jesus and found rest, just like He said I would. May you and Ste and Finely find rest too. Good luck to you. LUCK=Living Under Christ’s Kindness

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