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The Undrugging of Annie (Part VIII)


If I took the Ativan then I did not breath while I slept; if I did not take the Ativan then I would spend half the following day sobbing in mental agony.  Dr. Ghaly did acupuncture, which would give me a few hours … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part II)


Poverty was also a side effect of the lithium poisoning.  I had been an administrative assistant in the New York State Office of Mental Health when I became Dr. Jenifer Rich’s patient.  When I left her, I was on Welfare. … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part I)


It is a large, square, clear plastic Rubbermaid container with a blue-rimmed lid, and it is full of pills.  Red pills, brown pills, white pills.  Capsules and packed powder.  Round and oval.  Large, medium and small.  Gray pills, yellow pills, … Continue reading

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After I Stopped Taking Antidepressants, 2001-2008


Instead of drugging myself into insensitivity, I had to deal with the real, raw emotions of life.  There was an enormous amount of anger.  I became a student of anger, learned what it was for, why we have it, what to … Continue reading

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About the Author: Anne C Woodlen (Part V)


My apartment was on the twenty-first floor and my bed was placed beside the windows, which were about six feet wide and eight feet high.  My old apartment had been very dark and set against the side of a hill; … Continue reading

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