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How Not To Be Depressed, part 2b


2b. Don’t get an autoimmune disease. There is a relatively new area of medical investigation called PNIE—psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology. It says that how you feel emotionally is related to your nerves, your immune system, and your hormones. Who’d a thunk that your … Continue reading

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Exercise, Depression and Drugs, not to mention Fibromyalgia, Hormones and Wisdom (part II)


But I digress—back to depression and exercise.  For decades, I tried to exercise.  I tried every kind of exercise, including calisthenics, jogging, yoga and a bunch of other stuff.  I quit them all because I’d become too depressed to continue.  … Continue reading

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Anna the Embed: How I Got Diagnosed with Narcissism (Part II)


            The only reason for giving someone a diagnosis is in order to treat.  If you’re not going to treat, then it’s just name-calling.  Generally speaking, I refuse the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder but I will accept it if … Continue reading

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After I Stopped Taking Antidepressants, 2001-2008


Instead of drugging myself into insensitivity, I had to deal with the real, raw emotions of life.  There was an enormous amount of anger.  I became a student of anger, learned what it was for, why we have it, what to … 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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About the Author: Anne C Woodlen (Part V)


My apartment was on the twenty-first floor and my bed was placed beside the windows, which were about six feet wide and eight feet high.  My old apartment had been very dark and set against the side of a hill; … Continue reading

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