Monthly Archives: March 2012

Surviving Psychiatry: A User’s Manual


Surviving Psychiatry   A User’s Manual Anne C. Woodlen The great jazz bassist Ron Carter once described good jazz as a delicate balance of the predictable and the unpredictable.  Too predictable and it bores the listener, too unpredictable and it … Continue reading

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How to Complain: U.S. Dept. of Justice


“Frequently Asked Questions about Filing an ADA [Americans with Disabilities] Complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice”   http://www.ada.gov/fact_on_complaint.htm Courtesy of Peter Berg, Project Coordinator of Technical Assistance, Great Lakes ADA Center, University of Illinois/Chicago (800) 949-4232 (V/TTY)–(312) 413-1407 (V/TTY)–(312) 413-1856 … Continue reading

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Protest American Psychiatric Association


On Saturday, May 5, 2012, as thousands of psychiatrists congregate in Philadelphia for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting, individuals with psychiatric labels and other supporters will converge in a global campaign to oppose the APA’s proposed new edition … Continue reading

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Soul Murder


This is the hospitalized care of people who are emotionally distressed. People who are most troubled and most in need of compassionate, respectful therapy are being turned into lobotomized, electrocuted, drugged bodies without souls. I just woke up in a … Continue reading

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How to Complain: To the FDA


http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/HowToReport/ucm053074.htm U.S. Food & Drug Administration MedWatch The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program Reporting Serious Problems to FDA Product Problems What is a Serious Adverse Event? Download Forms Resources for You Report a Serious Medical Product Problem … Continue reading

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What Geography, Industry and Law have to do with Antidepressants (Part I)


Robert R. and I are having a disagreement about psychiatric medications, i.e., drugs.  He thinks they are pretty good and I think they are terrible.  We are having this discussion via the miracle of social networking via the Internet, which … Continue reading

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How to Complain: Blame the Physician, Dammit!


Drugs don’t damage people; physicians who prescribe them do.  Yesterday I read several messages that focused my attention on the fact that we’re blaming the drugs, not the physicians who prescribe them.  Seroquel, Xanax, lithium and all those other things … Continue reading

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