Tag Archives: Onondaga County New York

Getting Fired


According to Richard Gottlieb, MSW and Diplomate with a capital D, last year at the Empathic Therapy Conference Dr. Peter Breggin said, “If you haven’t been fired at least once, you’re not doing your job.” Dick and I had been engaged in … Continue reading

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Sex, Drugs and Inpatient Psychiatry: More Answers


Kidney damage caused by antidepressants My kidney damage was caused by lithium, which is not specifically an antidepressant but is used in conjunction with an antidepressant for the treatment of bipolar disorder.  If you are taking lithium then the doctor should (a) check … Continue reading

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Undrugging: You vs. NYS Dept. of Health


I am the true-born daughter of an ice cream addict.  My parents traveled all over the world and wherever they went, Dad bought ice cream for my mom—after the opera in Vienna, on the streets of Moscow and on a … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s: Tidying Up


About Mickey.  There are four Marys on the unit, so one goes by “Mickey”; she is a tall black woman who wears big hoop earrings.  One night over supper we begin to talk.  She asks where I’m from, and I … Continue reading

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