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A New Paradigm for Addressing and Rethinking Mental Health Challenges

During my struggle with mental health symptoms, and receiving an alleged Bipolar Disorder diagnosis back in 1993, I never gave up hope that I would get to the root cause of my symptoms. What became apparent to me in 2010, as I officially detoxed lithium from my system and began my quest back to health, was that humanity is challenged with a serious crisis and global mental health epidemic.

I continue to be informed from concerned MD’s and psychiatrists throughout the world that challenges present within our current western medical model of mental health treatment are contributing to this growing mental health crisis. As a result millions of people around the world continue to be diagnosed with mental health disorders at alarming rates and are being prescribed powerful cocktails of psychotropic medications; in many cases “causing much more harm than good,” according to psychiatrist Dr. Allan Frances, lead task force member of DSM4.

“Humanity is challenged with a serious crisis and global mental health epidemic.”

What I learned through my 20-year personal healing journey is that if one decides to release mental health symptoms, the whole person and all layers of one’s health, must be addressed to achieve lasting change. By choosing to investigate mental, physical, emotional and spiritual root causes of one’s mental health symptoms one can create the foundation for living a healthy, vibrant, creative life, free from mental health disease.

I discuss my healing journey in the documentary film Bipolarized with Dr. Jesse Hanson, Clinical Director at Helix Healthcare Group. The process of co-producing this film, and recreating the challenging aspects of my past, was an extremely cathartic experience that was one of many aspects that lead to profound personal healing.

“By choosing to investigate mental, physical, emotional and spiritual root causes of one’s mental health symptoms one can create the foundation for living a healthy, vibrant, creative life, free from mental health disease.”

My number one desire for choosing to co-produce Bipolarized was to create awareness so that younger generations would not have to suffer through endless and lost years of pain and heartache that I endured during the formative years of my life. Now on the other side of my challenges living free from dis-ease and thriving in life it is my sincere wish moving forward that this film start a new conversation about how we look at and treat individuals experiencing mental health symptoms.

 

Watch my entire interview with Dr. Jesse Hanson below.

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