Monthly Archives: January 2012

Kid’s Grandparents


In the beginning, I believed that I was depressed because I was a bad girl.  If I would just learn to do what my mom and dad and the teachers told me to do then I’d be all right.  If … Continue reading

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The Antecedents of Survival


Richard Gottlieb, MSW, SOB and MBF (My Best Friend), says that what interests him most is how I got the strength to survive all the crap I went through, said crap being twenty-six years of taking psychiatric drugs, which resulted … Continue reading

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From Your Friend at NAMI


The following exchange is between me and a complete stranger on Facebook. She had been blocked from the site she was posting on so she started messaging me privately. Katie Tate Uh..being fat is a direct result of unexpressed depression. … Continue reading

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On Monday!


Anne C Woodlen does a guest spot on Dr. Peter Breggin’s radio show.   Listen to them discuss power, humiliation and recovery:  psychiatric hospitalization, depression, drugs, and relationships.  The show will be aired Monday, January 23, at 5:00 p.m. on http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-dr-peter-breggin-hour/  Thereafter it … Continue reading

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From Compliant to Complaint: Moving the I


An activist is someone who takes action to fix a problem while everybody else walks around it and complains. My friend Arleen and I—and thousands of other people—went to the Fourth of July concert at the NYS Fair grounds.  Arleen went to use … Continue reading

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Life Review


A few weeks ago I asked my therapist, “What am I doing here?” “Life review,” she replied.  I lost my life to antidepressants.  I suppose that’s why I’m having episodes of depression.  The trigger for depression is the perception of powerlessness … Continue reading

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Eleven Good Ideas for Inpatient Psychiatry


Inpatient psychiatry is dreadful, so here are my recommendations for changing it.  Medicate the staff first.  Those people are way too edgy and jumpy.  They got major control issues.  Dummy them down with drugs.  They seriously need to relax and … Continue reading

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