Monthly Archives: June 2011

Dx: Depression Consequent to Fatigue


Dick Gottlieb, the social worker from Grand Rapids who engages people in empathetic therapy, and I, who have a diagnosis of type two bipolar disorder, have been having some conversations, most recently centered on what the heck is wrong with me … Continue reading

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Replying to Debra


Dear Debra, Thank you for writing—hang in there, girl, we’ll all make it through. First, you say you “should” find my story inspiring.  “Shoulds” come from expectations that other people put on us.  I should:  stop smoking, call my mother … Continue reading

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And That’s How You Deal With Depression


The secret in overcoming depression is action.  The trigger that turns on depression is the perception of powerlessness.  Turning off the trigger is a matter of acting with power. When you are depressed then the chemicals in your brain become … Continue reading

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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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Painful Memories, Hospitalization, Healing: Answers to Questions


Psychiatric medication to erase painful memories Don’t you dare take drugs to deal with your past!  If you want to take drugs then at least be honest and go get some crack.  Psych meds are just as dangerous and just as … Continue reading

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What is Empathic Therapy?


            I went to Dr. Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference because I knew Dr. Breggin to be opposed to psychiatric medications—drugs—which had grievously damaged me.  I also knew that without drugs there can be no hospitalization.  Only a chemical straightjacket can keep people … Continue reading

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Treating the Person, Not the Diagnosis, Part III


This post is my reply to the previous two days of posts from Richard F. Gottlieb, MSW, Pediatric Care Manager/Medical Social Worker, Holland Hospital Rehabilitation Services, whom I met at Dr. Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference. (Continued from 6/4/11) In … Continue reading

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