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God, Psychiatry and Me: 2013


First, in the matter of Crowley and Crowley vs. Gottlieb, the trial is scheduled to start March 17 at 8:30 a.m. in Kent County, Michigan. “There are specific allegations for Count 1 – Medical Malpractice; Count 2 – Ordinary Negligence … Continue reading

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How to Complain: Blame the Physician, Dammit!


Drugs don’t damage people; physicians who prescribe them do.  Yesterday I read several messages that focused my attention on the fact that we’re blaming the drugs, not the physicians who prescribe them.  Seroquel, Xanax, lithium and all those other things … Continue reading

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Men, Women and Doctors


            The sun has risen on a skiff of snow covering the houses and hills outside my window.  My home and I are quiet this morning.  James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend” accompanies tea.  Rainbows are dancing off the prism … Continue reading

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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 VI)


The neurologist, Dr. Nabil Aziz, took my complaints seriously but, upon examination, could not find anything neurologically wrong with me.  Nevertheless, he ordered a ton of blood work.  The anti-gliadin antibodies test came back positive:  I have celiac sprue, an autoimmune disease … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part I)


It is a large, square, clear plastic Rubbermaid container with a blue-rimmed lid, and it is full of pills.  Red pills, brown pills, white pills.  Capsules and packed powder.  Round and oval.  Large, medium and small.  Gray pills, yellow pills, … Continue reading

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About the Author: Anne C Woodlen (Part IV)


Out on pass, I collapsed psychologically and took an overdose.  When I failed to return to the hospital on time, the doctor said I probably was out partying and not to try to find me.  She left me alone to … Continue reading

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