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How Not To Be Depressed, Part 1


1. Choose your parents carefully. There are two issues here: first, genetics and, second, child-rearing practices. According to the National Institute of Mental Health’s research, there is a gene for depression and it comes in a long form and a … Continue reading

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August Progress Report


Good morning, Readers. It’s zero-dark-thirty and I can’t sleep so I’ve been cruising statistics. Despite the fact that I haven’t posted for a month, I’m still getting an average of 45 readers a day. CPEP, Ativan and “Beyond Recovery” continue … 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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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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Inpatient Psychiatry Without Drugs


Do you know what would happen if they stopped drugging people on inpatient psychiatric units?  I woke at 4:00 a.m. this morning and laid here in the darkness, my head filled with memories of inpatient psychiatric experiences.  It’s there; it’s … Continue reading

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Depression and Power


So there I was—the victim of depression and antidepressants.  I no longer could tolerate antidepressants but I was still depressed.  Then one day I was talking to Mary Lou Rubenstein and she told me that the trigger for depression is … Continue reading

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After the Anger, Peace


I am at peace, and I wonder if it’s because I’ve finally blown out my anger at the inpatient psychiatric system.             For three decades on inpatient psychiatry I was treated with disrespect, callous indifference, and physical danger.  It was the … Continue reading

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