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In Reply to John


It is my personal position that no adult should be subjected to any involuntary procedures, whether it be forced hospitalization, drugs, or tube feeding. If it is criminally demonstrable that a person is a threat to society, then that person should go … Continue reading

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A Life of Value (Part I)


Here’s a story for you.  I transmit it in the tradition of oral storytelling, which is to say I’m not doing any research, just going from memory.  It is true to the best of my recollection.  Even if the facts aren’t … Continue reading

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Made, Not Born: An End to Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization (Part I)


            On Christmas night, I took an overdose—nothing planned, not a suicide attempt, just a blind irrational act of pain.  I hung up from a phone call and swallowed all the pills on my bedside tray table.  Had there been … Continue reading

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Answers to More Questions


Family physician prescribe lithium Medicaid ANYONE TAKING LITHIUM SHOULD HAVE LITHIUM LEVELS DONE EVERY TWO MONTHS; KIDNEY FUNCTION SHOULD BE CHECKED EVERY SIX MONTHS, AND AN EKG SHOULD BE DONE ONCE A YEAR.         Family physicians should not be prescribing lithium.  … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Psychiatric Services: Dr. Roger Levine, Part One (continued)


            I am odd, too—not easily beguiled by superficial seductiveness.  I require substance from my caregivers.  Dr. Roger Levine, director of CPEP and St. Joseph’s inpatient psychiatry, has all the substance of a vampire who casts no reflection in the mirror. Near … Continue reading

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The Straightjacket


I was admitted to 4B, Upstate Medical Center’s inpatient psychiatric unit.  It was there that I began my education about Mental Hygiene Law through the auspices of Barbara.             My mind’s eye sees Barbara clearly, sitting in a black vinyl chair … Continue reading

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