Category Archives: psychiatric patient

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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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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Notes on Searches


“concentual sex in locked inpatient mental health settings”  The word is “consensual,” from the base word “consent.” “stony brook cpep”  There are a lot of queries about Stony Brook CPEP, located on Long Island.  Apparently there is a serious problem … 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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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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Beyond Recovery: Stage Five


Hello, My name is Dustin and I live in Michigan. When I was seventeen years old my mother put me in a psychiatric hospital called Forest View. The abuse I felt violated me to the core! I felt like I … Continue reading

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60% “Fully Recovered” !!!


  http://www.madinamerica.com/2012/12/messages-of-hopelessness/ Where Do Messages of Hopelessness in Mental Health  Care Come From? MindFreedom December 28,  2012 By Sophie Faught MindFreedom International Communications  Coordinator As part of its I  GOT BETTER campaign to challenge hopelessness in mental  health care, MindFreedom … Continue reading

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DSM 5 Is Guide Not Bible—Ignore Its Ten Worst Changes (Part II)


APA approval of DSM-5 is a sad day for psychiatry. Published on December 2, 2012 by Allen J. Frances, M.D. in DSM5 in Distress So, here is my list of DSM 5’s ten most potentially harmful changes. I would suggest … Continue reading

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