Monthly Archives: December 2011

From Anger to Depression to Activism


We tend to think of anger as a bad thing, an evil feeling that should be eradicated.  What if anger is a good thing?  I grew up in a household where my parents were angry at each other most of the time so … Continue reading

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The War on the Other Terror


Schizophrenia is a problem of the mind, not the brain, and therefore is curable with proper talk therapy.  Schizophrenia is caused by trauma.  Certain life events can make the most normal person crazy.  A person with schizophrenia is living in … Continue reading

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The New-Patient Appointment (Part II)


So I’m sitting in the treatment room on my first visit to Dr. Suzanne Lamanna and the almost-an-LPN has just told me that this appointment is “just a meet-and-greet,” then she tries to take my blood pressure.  She fails to manipulate the … Continue reading

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The New-Patient Appointment (Part I)


I need a new primary care physician on account of I haven’t got one.  The last person who said she would cover me quit when she found out that I couldn’t take drugs.   (see “The Desta Anthony’s of the World, … Continue reading

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A Survivor’s Birthday/Christmas


On Thursday I asked my therapist, “What am I doing here?”  She replied, “Life review.”  On Friday, a friend asked for my New Year’s resolutions.  Saturday I went to see the movie “Hugo” wherein the child, whose father had trained … Continue reading

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One Angel and a “Fear Not”


For all you people out there who are busy hating Christmas, which means you are hating Christmas but feeling too guilty and ashamed to admit that’s how you feel. And for all you people out there who are too darn … Continue reading

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Musings about Music, Antidepressants, Celiac Disease, Wheat, HIPAA, Justin Bieber and Jesus


First, music and antidepressants:  I took antidepressants every day for twenty-six years.  During that time all I listened to was country and western music.  Kenny Rogers called it “the white man’s blues” and I listened to the words.  After I … Continue reading

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The Idiots are not at Medicaid


On November 30, I posted “Medicaid and the Idiots” (https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/medicaid-and-the-idiots/) which told the story of my attempt to get additional catheter supplies.  The medical supply company told me that I could not get a backup insertion tray because Medicaid wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Being “Disappeared” into CPEP (Part III)


For part III, go to http://behindthelockeddoors.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/being-disappeared-into-cpep/

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Being “Disappeared” into CPEP (Part II)


My second priority was Tom:  where was he?  The Syracuse Police Department had taken him to CPEP (Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program) and then he had disappeared.  No one would tell his wife or siblings where he was. Now, I know … Continue reading

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