Tag Archives: psychiatric diagnosis

How to Complain: Pride of Person


There are two directions to go in filing an effective complaint.  One is to follow the money and the other is to follow the licensure path.  In short, threaten the abusive person’s livelihood.  That gets their attention real fast. In … Continue reading

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Cause of Death: Physician Prejudice


Physicians are so blinded by psychiatric diagnoses that they cease to be able to function as competent diagnosticians.  In the eyes of physicians, if you have a psychiatric diagnosis then that is the cause of all your problems.  Your body no longer … Continue reading

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Undrugging: Antidepressants to Fat


  The Joslin Center has a reputation for really evil patient relations, so I went on a search and found a better dietician, quite possibly someone Dr. Steve Wechsler sent me to.  We met every month or two—not half as often as … Continue reading

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


(Continuation)  Most of the patients on inpatient psychiatry behaved toward me like normal, civilized human beings.  A fellow named Mark became something of my protector.  Several young girls acted toward me as grandchildren.  Because I am (a) a nice person, … 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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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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