Monthly Archives: May 2011

Exercise, Depression and Drugs, not to mention Fibromyalgia, Hormones and Wisdom (part II)


But I digress—back to depression and exercise.  For decades, I tried to exercise.  I tried every kind of exercise, including calisthenics, jogging, yoga and a bunch of other stuff.  I quit them all because I’d become too depressed to continue.  … Continue reading

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Exercise, Depression and Drugs, not to mention Twitter, Fibromyalgia and PNIE (part I)


I am now on Twitter.  Good grief.  When I was a little girl my grandma would let me put wood in the old cook stove so she could make pancakes for breakfast and now I am on Twitter.  It gives … 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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After the Anger, Peace


I am at peace, and I wonder if it’s because I’ve finally blown out my anger at the inpatient psychiatric system.             For three decades on inpatient psychiatry I was treated with disrespect, callous indifference, and physical danger.  It was the … Continue reading

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Helping Friends & Firing Psychiatrists: Answers to Questions


Helping friends in psychiatric inpatient         This is a truly great question and my answer is one word:  abide.  My pastor demonstrated this word to me.  It means “to endure without yielding; to bear patiently.”  Even if there’s nothing you … 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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Carol Hayes Collier, Truth and Sex: Answers to Questions


What to do if you catch patients having sex on a psych unit If it appears consensual, then honor the celebration of life, walk away and keep your mouth shut.  If it appears nonconsensual, scream bloody murder to get staff members to come break … Continue reading

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