Category Archives: Independence

How Not To Be Depressed, Part 1


1. Choose your parents carefully. There are two issues here: first, genetics and, second, child-rearing practices. According to the National Institute of Mental Health’s research, there is a gene for depression and it comes in a long form and a … Continue reading

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Dr. Sarah Myhill: Happy Me (Part II)


(Continued from yesterday [https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/dr-sarah-myhill-happy-me/] ). I started applying these techniques during the 1980s in Annesley Woodhouse in Nottingham, where I was working in a mining community. Within a few years I had interest from friends and relations of my NHS … Continue reading

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Just another Friggin’ Hearing?


So I woke up this morning and immediately had to write a five-page statement to today’s administrative law judge. The government had been totally screwing me again and I had to put a stop to it. I was incarcerated—not treated, … Continue reading

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The Fantasy Team


My treating team includes seven people: two massage therapists, a physical therapist, an acupuncturist, a psychologist, a homeopath and a chiropractor. Among these seven, five are male and two are female. Four are middle-aged, two are over sixty, and one … Continue reading

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Covered Wagon Woman


If you want your comment to be posted, be nice. Steve returns with the little Greek chorus, enchiladas, the charger for my cell phone and added minutes, among other things. He asks me to leave the phone on so he … Continue reading

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