Monthly Archives: January 2012

“Self-full” From Dr. Stephen Wechsler


Greetings! A friend of mine coined a new word, SelfFULL. It came from talking about selfless service or SEVA, giving as a gift to GOD, to those in need. SelfFULL comes from giving from a not only a full cup but … Continue reading

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Kid’s Grandparents


In the beginning, I believed that I was depressed because I was a bad girl.  If I would just learn to do what my mom and dad and the teachers told me to do then I’d be all right.  If … Continue reading

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The Antecedents of Survival


The Antecedents of Survival Richard Gottlieb, MSW, SOB and MBF (My Best Friend), says that what interests him most is how I got the strength to survive all the crap I went through, said crap being twenty-six years of taking … Continue reading

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Today’s Reason for Occupying Something


 Yesterday I had an utterly unbelievable experience:  the government told me that I could not spend my cash on what I wanted to.  Honest to God, I wheeled into a store, went up to the counter, put down a $20 … Continue reading

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The Game Plan


What’s it all about?  Life, I mean.  Is it micro or is it macro?  Take, for example, the death of my fiancé, Bob Dobrow, in 1974.  Was that because something like an O-ring broke, or because of some master game … Continue reading

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LMAO


Centro bus company’s paratransit subsidiary, Call-a-Bus, has two published telephone numbers. One, 442-3420, is for ride scheduling and confirming; the other, 442-3434, is for ride cancellations. On weekends there often is only one person answering both lines. Last weekend I needed … Continue reading

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On Monday!


Anne C Woodlen does a guest spot on Dr. Peter Breggin’s radio show.   Listen to them discuss power, humiliation and recovery:  psychiatric hospitalization, depression, drugs, and relationships.  The show will be aired Monday, January 23, at 5:00 p.m. on http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-dr-peter-breggin-hour/  Thereafter it … 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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Life Review


A few weeks ago I asked my therapist, “What am I doing here?” “Life review,” she replied.  I lost my life to antidepressants.  I suppose that’s why I’m having episodes of depression.  The trigger for depression is the perception of powerlessness … Continue reading

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Out of Control


Do you know what it’s like not to have any control over your life?  Come over here and follow me in my wheelchair. Several years ago I attended a church where the pastor told me that he understood that people … Continue reading

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