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From Compliant to Complaint: Moving the I


An activist is someone who takes action to fix a problem while everybody else walks around it and complains. My friend Arleen and I—and thousands of other people—went to the Fourth of July concert at the NYS Fair grounds.  Arleen went to use … Continue reading

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You Come First–Really


You are the most important element in the psychotherapeutic relationship. You—not the money, not the agency and not the therapist. They all exist to help you, and if they don’t know that then you shouldn’t go to that person or … Continue reading

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An Activist’s Creed


I believe that doing something is better than doing nothing.             When a bus is stuck and blocking traffic, I call 911 and ask for police to direct traffic.  When a spare tire is in the middle of the Rt. 81 … Continue reading

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Depression and Power


I have just received a comment that is so outrageous that I’m interrupting everything else to respond.  The comment is:  “Effective treatment of bipolar disorder is often based on the combination of several elements including the following: PHARMACOTHERAPY.  The drugs are … Continue reading

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