Tag Archives: Anne C Woodlen

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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Surviving Psychiatry: A User’s Manual


Surviving Psychiatry   A User’s Manual Anne C. Woodlen The great jazz bassist Ron Carter once described good jazz as a delicate balance of the predictable and the unpredictable.  Too predictable and it bores the listener, too unpredictable and it … Continue reading

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On Monday!


Anne C Woodlen does a guest spot on Dr. Peter Breggin’s radio show.   Listen to them discuss power, humiliation and recovery:  psychiatric hospitalization, depression, drugs, and relationships.  The show will be aired Monday, January 23, at 5:00 p.m. on http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-dr-peter-breggin-hour/  Thereafter it … Continue reading

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Empathic Therapy Conference


This conference is an absolute must-do for anyone who wants to participate in real healing for people in emotional distress.  Richard Gottlieb, MSW, and I will be doing a workshop on “Treating the Maltreated,” i.e., what professionals in the mental health field need to know … Continue reading

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Undrugging: You vs. NYS Dept. of Health


I am the true-born daughter of an ice cream addict.  My parents traveled all over the world and wherever they went, Dad bought ice cream for my mom—after the opera in Vienna, on the streets of Moscow and on a … Continue reading

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Undrugging: Antidepressants to Fat


  The Joslin Center has a reputation for really evil patient relations, so I went on a search and found a better dietician, quite possibly someone Dr. Steve Wechsler sent me to.  We met every month or two—not half as often as … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part XI)


            Physicians began to actively—very actively!—dislike me.  You are supposed to be “compliant,” i.e., sit in the chair, agree with the physician and take the drugs he prescribes.  I no longer could.  I questioned.  In fact, I asked questions to … Continue reading

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