Monthly Archives: April 2011

Replying to the Recovering Psychiatrist


In regard to the good fairy, honorable physicians, and other fictional creatures—we are an immature nation that still wants daddy to take care of us.  That’s the whole book right there.  Physicians and the American medical industry get away with … Continue reading

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Empathic Therapy and Healing our Homecoming Troops


I wheeled into Psychotherapy and Medication for Military Stress:  Maj. Maria Kimble, MSW, LCSW, at Dr. Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference. Earlier in the afternoon, I had noticed a young woman sitting in profile to me.  She had brown hair … Continue reading

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Breggin’s Empathic Conference: Out of Madness


I was attending Dr. Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference:  Bring out the Best in Yourself! (which will be available on CD; go to Dr. Breggin’s web site). My next stop at the conference was A Well-Being & Healing Approach to … Continue reading

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Non-Violent Communication: Felon v. Patient


I was attending Dr. Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference:  Bring out the Best in Yourself! So I wheeled into Non-Violent Communication; Increasing Empathy in Private and Institutional Settings:  Mel Sears, RN MBA.  Mel turned out to be a comfortable-looking older … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Therapeutic Relationship


Three days ago I received a note that Peter Breggin, M.D., was having an Empathic Therapy conference in Syracuse this weekend.  All I knew about Dr. Breggin was that he was user-approved by the radical wing of the psychiatric peer support … Continue reading

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Recovery


            The Mental Patients Liberation Alliance had a conference on recovery.  Somebody asked George Ebert, the director, why it was called a recovery conference.  He replied, “Because that’s what the Office of Mental Health [OMH] had money for.”  This tags one of … Continue reading

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How to Know If Your Drugs Are Hurting You


            My mother was in her eighties when she became constipated, so she started eating whole wheat bread and drinking prune juice.  It didn’t help.  At her next regularly scheduled physician’s appointment (after you develop chronic illness, they tell you … Continue reading

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