Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Big Question (Part II)


            The New York State Office of Mental Health requires that you have telephone access to the rest of the world.  That doesn’t mean your hospital will let you.             At Hutchings Psychiatric Center, there was one phone for about … Continue reading

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The Big Question (Part I)


What would happen if I checked in for inpatient mental health?         That’s a good question, and I’m glad you had the presence of mind to ask in advance.         First, let me tell you what won’t happen.  You will … Continue reading

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Inpatient passes & gowns, and Joslin: Answers to Questions


Pass forms for inpatient going out on pass         In November 1999, I went out on pass from St. Joseph’s inpatient psychiatric unit.  At home, I crashed and burned.  If I had had my car, I would have driven myself … Continue reading

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A Life of Value (Part II)


So Charles Bartlett, with legal representation, got discharged from the state psychiatric center.  He went into town to a street that had several boarding houses, rented himself a room, and then sued the hospital for stealing his life.  He got … Continue reading

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A Life of Value (Part I)


Here’s a story for you.  I transmit it in the tradition of oral storytelling, which is to say I’m not doing any research, just going from memory.  It is true to the best of my recollection.  Even if the facts aren’t … Continue reading

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The Spring of My Mind


Escaping from sleep is a relief.  From the glimpses I’ve seen, my dreams would make an awesome horror show with infinite episodes, so it is a relief to escape into consciousness.  Waking up is like finishing a marathon and finally … Continue reading

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Ghaly/Kou/Cohen, Fire & Freedom: Answers to Questions


Jane Ghaly/Dr. Kou, Syracuse Dr. Nasri Ghaly practices psychiatry at 614 S. Salina St., Syracuse; Dr. Jane Kou is a psychiatrist practicing at 610 S. Salina St.  They do not practice together.  He’s the best; she’s the worst. Paul Cohen psychiatric … Continue reading

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