Category Archives: doctor

The Mind/Body Continuum


Well, as I sit here at 5:00 a.m. with tears in my eyes and palpitations in my heart, I suppose it is as good a time as any to talk about the mind/body connection. First, let me refer you to … Continue reading

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A Search for the Roses


I am dreaming that Melia and I are wandering around downtown, particularly in the Armory Square section, where there are outdoor vendors.  Down every little alley, in small brick courtyards and on fire escapes there are people selling hand sewn … Continue reading

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Greetings, Gentlefolk


I have spent the past twelve days in St. Joseph’s Hospital on inpatient psychiatry (Unit 3-6) with Dr. Roger Levine attending.  I am now going to file complaints with the New York State Dept. of Health, NYS Office of Mental Health, … Continue reading

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About that Integrity Thing


I promise you, everything you read here is true and not contaminated by any politics.  Nobody controls or influences what I print. There was one attempt to compromise me by psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin and his wife and administrator, Ginger Breggin, … Continue reading

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The Enduring Damage (Part II)


To my doctor’s partner: When I take medicine, the first thing that happens is major fatigue.  I usually don’t notice the increase in fatigue; I am, after all, chronically tired and not a wimp.  I keep pushing myself forward to … Continue reading

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The Enduring Damage (Part I)


A letter to my doctor’s partner: Dear Doctor, I need you to understand. In 1974 my fiancé, a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps, died when his plane crashed and parachute didn’t open.  Thereafter, during the perfectly normal depressive phase … Continue reading

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Pain and Depression


I read somewhere that the neurochemical pathways for pain and for depression are almost identical.  What I saw on inpatient psychiatry were a lot of patients suffering both from chronic pain and from depression.  The two seem to go together. … Continue reading

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