Tag Archives: ECT

“A Choice, of Sorts”


This morning’s Facebook has brought a paper by Dr. Rachel Bingham about “voluntary” psychiatric hospital.  She references Dr. Peter Breggin and what she calls the “Breggin gap” referring to the coercion that keeps a supposedly voluntary patient locked up.  Good … Continue reading

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“Occupy Psychiatric Atrocities”


In the following comment, Debra makes visible that patient compliance and submissiveness are gained through the threat of even greater abuse. Anne, You should be hired and paid big bucks to be an advocate for these wounded folks that you write … 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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The Big Question (Part I)


What would happen if I checked in for inpatient mental health?         That’s a good question, and I’m glad you had the presence of mind to ask in advance.         First, let me tell you what won’t happen.  You will … Continue reading

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Inpatient passes & gowns, and Joslin: Answers to Questions


Pass forms for inpatient going out on pass         In November 1999, I went out on pass from St. Joseph’s inpatient psychiatric unit.  At home, I crashed and burned.  If I had had my car, I would have driven myself … 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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St. Joseph’s Hospital: About Carol (Part III)


            Tuesday night Carol and I both sleep well, and Wednesday morning we are both up and dressed by 7:30 a.m.  She wishes for something to drink.  I explain to her that Cathy, the night nurse, will not give out … Continue reading

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