Category Archives: mental illness

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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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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God Sightings


My church, Isaiah’s Table, has a board where we put Post-Its noting the moments when we have seen God.  Here are some of my Post-Its: On the Observation Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital, I asked for and got a Holy … 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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