Category Archives: Community General Hospital

How to Complain: Writing the Complaint


For starters, Ms R, your written message to me was just fine.  You don’t have to be “a very good writer” to file a written complaint.  You are not in high school and the English teacher is not going to … Continue reading

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How to Complain: About CPEP


Today’s mail brought this message from Ms R:  “I would like to learn how to complain. My child and I had a three-day ordeal with Stonybrook CPEP, Long Island, NY, in which I am trying to draft a letter to send … Continue reading

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“Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill”


A brief interruption from my “How to Complain” series in order to bring you one of the most awesome essays I’ve every read. Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill Posted on February 26, 2012 by Bruce Levine, Ph.D. In … Continue reading

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How to Complain: Mental Hygiene Legal Service


So Charles Bartlett had been locked up for thirty-two years when the Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS) found him and asked if he wanted out.  He replied, “I’ve been waiting a long time for you,” and then it took the MHLS nine … 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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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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