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“A Choice, of Sorts”


This morning’s Facebook has brought a paper by Dr. Rachel Bingham about “voluntary” psychiatric hospital.  She references Dr. Peter Breggin and what she calls the “Breggin gap” referring to the coercion that keeps a supposedly voluntary patient locked up.  Good … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Hospital: About Carol (Part III)


            Tuesday night Carol and I both sleep well, and Wednesday morning we are both up and dressed by 7:30 a.m.  She wishes for something to drink.  I explain to her that Cathy, the night nurse, will not give out … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Hospital: About Carol (Part II)


            I talk to Carol, and she takes an interest.  She responds.  The second day we share a room, she stops closing the door and the blinds every time I walk out.  She lets me and the light in.  This … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s: About Carol (Part 1)


            Carol is in her sixties, a small-boned woman with reddish-brown hair.  She is diagnosed as acutely depressed.  She lies in bed under the covers with her back to the door.  She lays in the dark with the door and … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Inpatient Psychiatry: About “Lynn”


“Lynn” is the divorced mother of two children who are both doing well in school.  She has stable employment and is a devout Christian.  She is an African-American woman who is intelligent and soft-spoken—a quietly kind person. Lynn is on … Continue reading

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About the Author: Anne C Woodlen (Part VI)


[Ooops, sorry!  I got things out of order and didn’t post the last section of my history.  What’s the point if you don’t know how it turns out in the end?  Tomorrow we’ll go back to the story of being … Continue reading

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About the Author: Anne C Woodlen (Part III)


In 1992, I went shopping.  I interviewed a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a social worker for the privilege of becoming my next therapist.  The psychologist, Paul M. Cohen, Ph.D., won and we worked together mostly twice a week for the … Continue reading

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