Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ativan, Sleep Apnea, and Bad Craziness


N.B.:  Ativan is addictive but is not a narcotic. Someone searched my blog for Ativan with sleep apnea: DO NOT TAKE ATIVAN IF YOU HAVE SLEEP APNEA.  It could kill you. Ativan, also known as Lorazepam and Temesta, is a … Continue reading

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Exercise or Naps for Depression?


            What good did hospitalization do me?  What it did for me was give me rest.  It wasn’t supposed to.  I was supposed to get up and get dressed; go to breakfast; participate in groups; meet with my psychiatrist; stay out of … Continue reading

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Cause of Death: Physician Prejudice


Physicians are so blinded by psychiatric diagnoses that they cease to be able to function as competent diagnosticians.  In the eyes of physicians, if you have a psychiatric diagnosis then that is the cause of all your problems.  Your body no longer … Continue reading

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Men, Women and Doctors


            The sun has risen on a skiff of snow covering the houses and hills outside my window.  My home and I are quiet this morning.  James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend” accompanies tea.  Rainbows are dancing off the prism … Continue reading

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Is Hospital Therapy Any Good?


            Did all those fifty-plus hospitalizations for depression do me any good?  Almost a decade removed from my last hospitalization, I look back and say “yes,” but not in any way you’d imagine.             In hospital, I was exposed to every … Continue reading

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“Laughter in mental health inpatient units”: Answer to Question


          I spent about three years locked down on inpatient psychiatry and the word “laughter” only conjures up three images.  The first is of Gary, who works as an entry-level counselor.  He is extraordinarily intelligent, middle-aged, and has a master’s … Continue reading

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The Big Question (Part III)


Another reason I kept going back to inpatient psychiatry was because they kept drugging me.  One of the dominant effects of all the antidepressants was that they prevented me from developing any self-respect.  I do not know the reason; I … Continue reading

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