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Music, Coffee, and Power


The Sound of Music When I stopped taking drugs, I started hearing the music. My father was a college professor and it seemed like every Sunday afternoon of my childhood I got dragged to some symphony concert, which was b-o-r-i-n-g. … Continue reading

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Speaking of Healing


I was inpatient at Benjamin Rush Center, the kinder, gentler private psychiatric hospital where nothing bad every happened to me, however something bad did happen to my friend.  We were hospital friends; I hadn’t known her prior to hospitalization.  She was … Continue reading

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Benjamin Rush Center: The Kinder, Gentler “Hospital”


In 1966 my father came to Syracuse for several months to work on a proposal for a major federal educational grant.  He stayed at the Mayfair Motel on the edge of downtown Syracuse.  There was, elsewhere in the city, Twin … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part III)


I seldom had enough energy to travel the two hundred seventy miles to where my family lived.  My family did not come to visit me.  Two of my sisters and my father were randomly angry at me for being unable … Continue reading

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Dr. Jane Kou’s Comeback


I was admitted to Upstate Medical Center’s Psychiatric Unit in Syracuse, where I was suicidal and mistreated for bipolar disorder, type II.  After a week, I was transferred directly to Benjamin Rush Center where Dr. Nasri Ghaly, who had been my psychiatrist for … Continue reading

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center: Notes from a Hospitalization (Part V)


Four-point The patient is removed to the third floor, and four-point.  Dr. Megna told me he hated putting people in four-point.  Certainly people hated being put in four-point, nevertheless, the system designed and built a special room for four-point.  It is … Continue reading

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About the Author: Anne C Woodlen (Part VI)


[Ooops, sorry!  I got things out of order and didn’t post the last section of my history.  What’s the point if you don’t know how it turns out in the end?  Tomorrow we’ll go back to the story of being … Continue reading

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