Category Archives: mental illness

Recovery, Chronic Fatigue and Depression


When I was 14 years old, on a Friday afternoon I went to Nelda Jane’s house for the weekend.  She wanted to go horseback riding and swimming; I wanted to go to sleep or sit under a tree and read.  … Continue reading

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How Not To Be Depressed, part 2b


2b. Don’t get an autoimmune disease. There is a relatively new area of medical investigation called PNIE—psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology. It says that how you feel emotionally is related to your nerves, your immune system, and your hormones. Who’d a thunk that your … Continue reading

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Physical or Mental Illness?


Last year—The Year of the Beast—while I was a patient in Crouse Hospital I had multiple episodes in which I was fully conscious but unresponsive. Following severely stressful events I could hear what was happening around me but I could … Continue reading

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How Not To Be Depressed, Part 2a


2. Intentionally live a healthy life. If you want to not get depressed, then live a physically healthy life. Go to bed early, eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise. Your emotions travel the biochemical and nerve routes … Continue reading

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Board Certified and Brain Dead


So I went to the Adult Medicine Clinic at Upstate Medical Center, or whatever it’s being called this year. Periodically Upstate tweaks its name—and all its letterhead and signage, which costs about a million dollars—but who really cares and what … Continue reading

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God, Psychiatry and Me: 2013


First, in the matter of Crowley and Crowley vs. Gottlieb, the trial is scheduled to start March 17 at 8:30 a.m. in Kent County, Michigan. “There are specific allegations for Count 1 – Medical Malpractice; Count 2 – Ordinary Negligence … Continue reading

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Yeah, You Really are Sick


As you may know, I have two blogs, “Behind the Locked Doors of Inpatient Psychiatry” and “Notes in Passing,” and a strange thing has happened.  As I have been writing about fatigue, I have been posting the same pieces to both blogs.  The … Continue reading

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A Couple of Thoughts


1a.  Most psychiatrists are idiots.  If he is working for you then there is the possibility that he is not an idiot, however, if he is being paid by someone other than yourself, he is an idiot, e.g., if he is … Continue reading

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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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Starting One Week Ago—Check It Out


The NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQC) has been supplanted by the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.  http://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/ Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of the Justice Center for the Protection … Continue reading

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