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Beyond Recovery: Stage Five


Hello, My name is Dustin and I live in Michigan. When I was seventeen years old my mother put me in a psychiatric hospital called Forest View. The abuse I felt violated me to the core! I felt like I … Continue reading

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Moving On


The damage done by psychiatric medications has now taken such a toll that I no longer am able to maintain two blogs.  Henceforth, all my posts will be to my other blog, “Notes in Passing,” at http://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com .  Please follow … Continue reading

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Water Doesn’t Flow Up


Anne: You are right, that the problem devolves into a political concern. However, it’s not simply a matter of “hierarchies,” but the way in which the struggle to overcome that polity emerges. Complaining about the abuses of the system is … Continue reading

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Colleague or Therapist?


So I called him up and asked him to be my therapist.  He laughed and said I couldn’t afford him, then went to work. It wasn’t as if I hadn’t tried to find someone local.  I called my ex-therapist, who … Continue reading

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How to Complain: U.S. Dept. of Justice


“Frequently Asked Questions about Filing an ADA [Americans with Disabilities] Complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice”   http://www.ada.gov/fact_on_complaint.htm Courtesy of Peter Berg, Project Coordinator of Technical Assistance, Great Lakes ADA Center, University of Illinois/Chicago (800) 949-4232 (V/TTY)–(312) 413-1407 (V/TTY)–(312) 413-1856 … Continue reading

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How to Complain: About CPEP


Today’s mail brought this message from Ms R:  “I would like to learn how to complain. My child and I had a three-day ordeal with Stonybrook CPEP, Long Island, NY, in which I am trying to draft a letter to send … Continue reading

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From Compliant to Complaint: Moving the I


An activist is someone who takes action to fix a problem while everybody else walks around it and complains. My friend Arleen and I—and thousands of other people—went to the Fourth of July concert at the NYS Fair grounds.  Arleen went to use … Continue reading

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Empathic Therapy Conference


This conference is an absolute must-do for anyone who wants to participate in real healing for people in emotional distress.  Richard Gottlieb, MSW, and I will be doing a workshop on “Treating the Maltreated,” i.e., what professionals in the mental health field need to know … Continue reading

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The New-Patient Appointment (Part I)


I need a new primary care physician on account of I haven’t got one.  The last person who said she would cover me quit when she found out that I couldn’t take drugs.   (see “The Desta Anthony’s of the World, … Continue reading

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You Come First–Really


You are the most important element in the psychotherapeutic relationship. You—not the money, not the agency and not the therapist. They all exist to help you, and if they don’t know that then you shouldn’t go to that person or … Continue reading

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