Tag Archives: Benjamin Rush

Sex, Drugs and Inpatient Psychiatry: More Answers


Kidney damage caused by antidepressants My kidney damage was caused by lithium, which is not specifically an antidepressant but is used in conjunction with an antidepressant for the treatment of bipolar disorder.  If you are taking lithium then the doctor should (a) check … Continue reading

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Music, Coffee, and Power


The Sound of Music When I stopped taking drugs, I started hearing the music. My father was a college professor and it seemed like every Sunday afternoon of my childhood I got dragged to some symphony concert, which was b-o-r-i-n-g. … Continue reading

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Speaking of Healing


I was inpatient at Benjamin Rush Center, the kinder, gentler private psychiatric hospital where nothing bad every happened to me, however something bad did happen to my friend.  We were hospital friends; I hadn’t known her prior to hospitalization.  She was … Continue reading

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Benjamin Rush Center: The Kinder, Gentler “Hospital”


In 1966 my father came to Syracuse for several months to work on a proposal for a major federal educational grant.  He stayed at the Mayfair Motel on the edge of downtown Syracuse.  There was, elsewhere in the city, Twin … Continue reading

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Is Hospital Therapy Any Good?


            Did all those fifty-plus hospitalizations for depression do me any good?  Almost a decade removed from my last hospitalization, I look back and say “yes,” but not in any way you’d imagine.             In hospital, I was exposed to every … Continue reading

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