Sex, Drugs and Inpatient Psychiatry: More Answers


Kidney damage caused by antidepressants

My kidney damage was caused by lithium, which is not specifically an antidepressant but is used in conjunction with an antidepressant for the treatment of bipolar disorder.  If you
are taking lithium then the doctor should (a) check your lithium level every two months; (b) check kidney function every six months, and (c) do an EKG once a year.
  If you are putting out more than two liters of urine in 24 hours and are constantly thirsty then you may have nephrogenic diabetes insipidus.  There is no cure and it can lead to chronic kidney failure.  If you are taking lithium then insist that your doctor do the appropriate testing.  If s/he won’t, then get a new doctor.  Your life depends on it.

Fibromyalgia, is it psychiatric condition?

No, absolutely not.  It frequently runs concurrently with depression, but it is not a psychiatric diagnosis.  Current thinking is that fibromyalgia is probably a disease of the immune system, which is linked to the central nervous system.

Just got diagnosed with schizophrenia

You are under no obligation to accept the diagnosis.  There is no scientific basis for schizophrenia.  Feel free to go on living your life while completely ignoring the diagnosis.  If you are in pain and want somebody to help you out of it, search for an empathic therapist.

Psychiatric disorder where one cannot be empathetic

There is no such thing.

What is a locked psychiatric facility?

One you can’t get out of—a prison by another name.

What happens if I admit myself to CPEP?

You will be locked in, put through a metal detector, strip-searched, and have all your belongings taken away from you, including your cigarettes.  You will not be allowed to leave until you have been seen by a psychiatrist, which may take eight hours.  The psychiatrist then has the option of treating and releasing, or
admitting you until you can be transferred to an inpatient bed.  You legally can be held for three days, and illegally can be held until they find a bed for you locally or out of state.

Why do I want to work at CPEP?

No good reason that I can think of.  Maybe you’re crazy.  People who chose to work there are not nice people.

SUNY Upstate Medical Center CPEP

CPEP is the property of St. Joseph’s Hospital; SUNY Upstate
University Hospital has nothing to do with it (which is the only good thing I can say about Upstate).

St. Joseph Hospital Benjamin Rush  Center

St. Joseph’s Hospital is a general Catholic hospital with a
particular expertise in cardiac care.  Benjamin Rush Center
was a private psychiatric center that was sold to Four  Winds, then closed.

Benjamin Rush eating disorder unit, Syracuse NY

Benjamin Rush Center had the only competent inpatient unit in Onondaga County for treating eating disorders.  Since Benjamin Rush is closed, if inpatient treatment is desired, look elsewhere in New York State.

What I enjoy about inpatient psychiatry

Are you out of your flippin’ mind?  Inpatient psychiatry is less
enjoyable than a bad funeral.

Inpatient psychiatry patient rules

The patient rules—yes!

Upstate Medical sleep center

The sleep center that Upstate used to use closed several years ago.  It had a full-time staffer (probably respiratory therapist) who did me as much good as all the pulmonary sleep specialists combined.  I have not heard of Upstate contracting with any new sleep lab.

What is a bad sleep apnea test result?

Anything that shows that you stop breathing during the night.

Dr. Barbara Feuerstein

Dr. Feuerstein is an endocrinologist working at Upstate University Hospital’s Joslin Center for the treatment of diabetes mellitus.  She treated my nephrogenic diabetes insipidus for a few years.  In
my final appointment with her, she sat me down in the hallway and told me there was no further treatment available for my illness, then walked away.  Ain’t she just all heart?  Unless you are a masochist, I would not recommend her for anything ever.

Does Dr. Ghaly in Syracuse give a hard time to get pain meds?

Dr. Ghaly does a responsible job of screening and evaluating patients requesting pain meds because a significant number are drug addicts.  He tries very hard and responsibly not to be an enabler.

Upstate Medical University, 610 S. Salina

Upstate  University Hospital is at 750 E. Adams St.  Dr. Nasri Ghaly’s office is at 610 S. Salina St.  Never the twain shall meet.

Doctors writing notes without seeing patients

If you know this to be happening, file a complaint against the doctor’s license.  In New York State, file with the Office of  Professional Medical Conduct in the Dept. of Health.

I’m a psychiatrist and I think my soul mate is my patient

And I think you’re probably a liar.  Any psychiatrist who searches the Internet on “soul mate . . . patient” is nuts.  Ah—yes, well, all psychiatrists are nuts.  If this is true then you must immediately stop treating the patient.  Doctors do not treat family members, i.e., people they love.   You are probably the patient, and you don’t know the psychiatrist well enough to love him.  All you know is that
he pays attention to you.  That is not love.

My husband works as a clinical psychologist

That is not a wrongful thing in and of itself.  You have nothing of which to be ashamed.  At least he’s not prescribing drugs.

George Ebert, New York State OMH

George Ebert, lately the director of the Mental Patients Liberation Alliance, is to the NYS Office of Mental Health as Ralph Nader was to Detroit’s automobile industry.

mpla psychiatry

To the best of my knowledge and experience, “mpla” stands for Mountain Plains Library Association—ah!  Do you mean Mental Patients Liberation Alliance?  Searching “mpla psychiatry” is
kind of like searching “mother love Casey Anthony.”

How should a company deal with depression?

Ask the employee what s/he is angry about.  Depression is unexpressed anger.

My husband’s friend forcibly groped me

That is not a psychiatric issue; that is a sex crime.  Call the cops.

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About annecwoodlen

I am a tenth generation American, descended from a family that has been working a farm that was deeded to us by William Penn. The country has changed around us but we have held true. I stand in my grandmother’s kitchen, look down the valley to her brother’s farm and see my great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Hannah standing on the porch. She is holding the baby, surrounded by four other children, and saying goodbye to her husband and oldest son who are going off to fight in the Revolutionary War. The war is twenty miles away and her husband will die fighting. We are not the Daughters of the American Revolution; we were its mothers. My father, Milton C. Woodlen, got his doctorate from Temple University in the 1940’s when—in his words—“a doctorate still meant something.” He became an education professor at West Chester State Teachers College, where my mother, Elizabeth Hope Copeland, had graduated. My mother raised four girls and one boy, of which I am the middle child. My parents are deceased and my siblings are estranged. My fiancé, Robert H. Dobrow, was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. In 1974, his plane crashed, his parachute did not open, and we buried him in a cemetery on Long Island. I could say a great deal about him, or nothing; there is no middle ground. I have loved other men; Bob was my soul mate. The single greatest determinate of who I am and what my life has been is that I inherited my father’s gene for bipolar disorder, type II. Associated with all bipolar disorders is executive dysfunction, a learning disability that interferes with the ability to sort and organize. Despite an I.Q. of 139, I failed twelve subjects and got expelled from high school and prep school. I attended Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College and got an associate’s degree after twenty-five years. I am nothing if not tenacious. Gifted with intelligence, constrained by disability, and compromised by depression, my employment was limited to entry level jobs. Being female in the 1960’s meant that I did office work—billing at the university library, calling out telegrams at Western Union, and filing papers at a law firm. During one decade, I worked at about a hundred different places as a temporary secretary. I worked for hospitals, banks, manufacturers and others, including the county government. I quit the District Attorney’s Office to manage a gas station; it was more honest work. After Bob’s death, I started taking antidepressants. Following doctor’s orders, I took them every day for twenty-six years. During that time, I attempted%2
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