Tag Archives: Chemical imbalance

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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How to Complain: The Empathic Therapy Conference


Of her bout with CPEP, Ms R says, “This ordeal not only left my child traumatized, but me as well that I am now seeking a psychologist for her and myself.” When seeking a therapist after you have suffered psychiatric … Continue reading

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Worshipping the Gods and Treating Schizophrenia


For us to learn, we first must have open minds; then we must proceed kindly and with gentleness. (The following was written in response to a dialogue on LinkedIn [http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Time-Change-Help-End-Mental-] Yesterday I was reading a psychiatrist’s essay that stipulated that … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s: The Perverse Pathology of Mary Corbliss (Part V)


On December 31, 2010, I began a four-part post about Mary Corbliss.  It is one of the top three posts that readers are going to, so it deserves a final note. Mary Corbliss was (and probably still is, judging from the … Continue reading

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The “Chemical Imbalance” Lie


So there I am at Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference, in the workshop on SSRI Antidepressants Adverse Effects, and the unknown M.D. starts talking about “chemical imbalance.”  He says there is no such thing. I was put on antidepressants, told … Continue reading

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April is the Cruelest Month


Saturday I went back to Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference, but first I went for a long ride.  I did not intend to but, because I am disabled and in a wheelchair, and therefore poor, I have to use paratransit, i.e., … Continue reading

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Exercise or Naps for Depression?


            What good did hospitalization do me?  What it did for me was give me rest.  It wasn’t supposed to.  I was supposed to get up and get dressed; go to breakfast; participate in groups; meet with my psychiatrist; stay out of … Continue reading

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