Healing from Psychiatry: An Artbook
Hello, my name is Alison. I am creating an art book entitled “Healing from Psychiatry: An Artist’s Perspective”. I have close to 50 contributors from all over the world who have suffered or are suffering as a result of psychiatric treatments and medications (including electroshock therapy, harmful diagnostic labels, inpatient stays, and psychiatric medications).
The focus of the book is on how people have used art to help them during their recovery from psychiatric treatments and medications. Some recoveries can be so intense that distracting by creating art becomes a survival mechanism.
The book contains a variety of mediums including paintings, photographs, short essays, excerpts from books and plays, lots of poetry, and a resource list and helpful tips for people who have recovered and also people still going through recovery.
My hope is that this book will be a useful tool for people going through recovery from psychiatric drugs and treatments. During my recovery, my cognition and ability to concentrate suffered. As a result, reading novels became impossible, but I could still appreciate art and read in short bursts. Having a book of art made by others on the same path would have been a comforting and useful resource.
I am one of the unlucky souls who had a horrible reaction to a drug called Lorazapem (generic Ativan) a benzodiazepine, which was prescribed by my doctor during a time of stress and anxiety. I have been off the drug for three years and continue to deal with neurological and cogntive symptoms. I am grateful to be healed enough to be able to create this art book.
The intensity of suffering is inhumane. There are thousands of others who have suffered as I have. I want to give us a safe platform to share our stories.
Why Do I Need Funding?
While this book will be available in e-format, it also feels important to produce it in print, as some people will find it not only meaningful to have a hard copy, but also necessary due to sensory limitations from withdrawal that make looking at a computer screen difficult. However, since I have been out of work due to the severity of my injury from the lorazepam (generic Ativan) I do not have the financial resources to pay for printing costs. After researching affordable options that will also produce a beautiful color print edition, I've concluded that the cost of printing 700 books will be $7,500. After the books are printed, I will be fulfilling all the orders from home. The final cost of the book will be contigent upon how much money I raise.
I've started this GoFundMe campaign in the hopes that you can help me reach this goal and offer a print version at an affordable cost to others. Any support you are able to give will be greatly appreciated!
Boston Globe Article that features my story: Click the link below to read the article
When Withdrawal is the Hardest Part- Boston Globe Article
Here are some examples of the paintings I have done during my recovery from benzodiazepines:
ART FROM OTHER CONTRIBUTORS IN THE BOOK
Photo by Rebecca Gerondale
Art by Paul Pezzack
Photo by Cindy Earnshaw
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! If you are not able to make a donation please share the link to this page with your family and friends!
And a special thanks to Ally Nugent for making the video for the fundraiser!
"Immediately when it came, I had to sit down, on my favorite spot - my porch. I love the weight, it’s solid in feel. The smell of newness, the reality of the book came to life. All my senses came forth, and then my heart gave way to it. I held it, flipped through, and it was too much. I clasped it to my chest and I sobbed. It's validation - I'm "we" are not alone in our crying, our journeys, our victorious survival. This book has done for the benzo warrior, survivor, supporter what has never before been accomplished - this book gives a voice, humanization, a platform that is respectable, classic, professional, quality, reality and hope."
I still have books left and would love to get the remaining books out into the world and into the hands of survivors, caretakers, and medical professionals. I have lowered the price of the book to $10 (shipping is included).
If you would like a copy for yourself or your family, friends, and doctors, check out the link below. Thanks again for all of your support with this project.
If you would like to purchase a copy, you can visit the book's website. Feel free to share this link with family and friends. http://alisonzpage.wix.com/recoveryartbook
The book came out beautifully. I've received really positive responses so far. I am hoping that this book will inform people about the potential dangers of psychiatric drugs and treatment and for those already affected, that this book will bring you hope and help your family understand.
Thanks again to everyone who contributed to the book, donated, and supported this project.
I am excited to ship the book out to people who donated $25 or more to the GoFundMe Campaign. If you donated $25 or more, please reply to this update with your current mailing address (I know a few people have new addresses)
Thanks for your continued support, and I will send out an update in a few weeks once the books finally arrive!
P.S. I am building a website where I will be selling the book, posting art from people within my community, and collecting submissions for Volume 2. I will post that website soon, once the books are in hand!
The book was sent to the printer two weeks ago after working through the final glitches and edits. The stress of the book finally caught up with me, and I needed to take a breather.
If all goes as planned, the book will be available in late March/early April. I am building the website for it now, which will feature some art and music from people in the book and a few other folks who have been harmed by psychiatric treatments/methods. I will send that website link out when it is ready.
Thank you again for all of your amazing support, and I am so excited to share the book with all of you when it is finally printed!
Alison Page: I got my book in the mail but I thought it was something else that I ordered for someone else so I've been carrying it around all day without opening the box. This book is stunning and beautiful and moving and everything that a book could or should be, it is quite thrilling to hold it in my hands. Thank you for creating this, I absolutely love it.