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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 VII)


            I battled the system for proper treatment—said treatment now consisting of things like aide service, a shower chair and a tray table.  The nurse/case manager was from a religious order and I was required to call her “Sister” even … Continue reading

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center: Notes from a Hospitalization (Part IV)


It is difficult to describe the utter futility one felt in Hutchings Psychiatric Center.  At every turn, I was denied the right to do things.  There was a recreational therapist who was supposed to provide group activity for the patients on the … Continue reading

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