Status Update

My energies currently are devoted to producing a book on depression, drugs, psychiatry and recovery, circa 1971-2013. Chapter first-paragraphs are previewed on my Facebook page. Hopefully, before the summer is out the book will be available for sale. What’s your preference—hardcover, Kindle, some other electronic form? Please let me know.

Meanwhile, please know that the homeopathic remedies seem to be working. Allopathic medicine has taught us to expect quick fixes to our medical problems. The homeopaths with whom I am working tell me it will take six months to a year to effect a fix—if I live that long. Currently, my glucose is through the roof, my kidney function is failing and I have a really bad urinary tract infection, but I do feel better overall. I’ve only been taking the remedies for two months, so I am required to be patient. That’s not my strong suit but producing a book is a good way to keep myself in bed and working at the same time.


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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4 Responses to Status Update

  1. Anonymous Really says:

    This is the link to LARA Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for Richard F. Gottlieb. The Marriage and Family Therapy license was voluntarily surrendered on July 13, 2014. He can no longer practice Marriage and Family Therapy! Unfortunately, the website does not provide the details why Mr. Gottlieb surrendered his license. This action did take place shortly after the Crowley vs. Gottlieb case in Kent County, Michigan.

    On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM, Behind the Locked Doors of Inpatient

  2. Meditation, mindfulness, self hypnosis, visualization, and energy psychology work are my go to natural methods. Homeopathic remedies that work best for me are arnica, bach flower, and colloidal silver. Hope this helps or at least is food for thought. Keep on going.

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