Tag Archives: Bipolar disorder

Double-Damned by Doctors


Yesterday the specially certified nurse came to do a PRI, which is the official New York State Department of Health’s Patient Review Instrument for just how crapped out you are.  If you score less than 5 then you go into … Continue reading

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Going Into the System: Welfare


I was on Welfare.  It was the early 1970’s and I had what was diagnosed as “major depression, severe and recurrent.”  In fact, it was bipolar depression, type two, but it wouldn’t be correctly diagnosed for another couple decades. I had … Continue reading

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Men, Women and Doctors


            The sun has risen on a skiff of snow covering the houses and hills outside my window.  My home and I are quiet this morning.  James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend” accompanies tea.  Rainbows are dancing off the prism … Continue reading

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Ma’s Way: Going Without Medicaid (Part II)


Ma came home older, wiser, totally sober, unable to work, relieved of her driver’s license, and in deep doo-doo with the judicial system.  Medicaid transported her to therapy, both physical and mental, and to the drugstore for her meds.  Her … Continue reading

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Ma’s Way: Going Without Medicaid (Part I)


            When Ma gets locked up, my life goes to hell—and Ma got locked up Friday.  Let it be clearly understood that Ma is a good woman—a good wife and a good mother.  When her son Mike brought home his … Continue reading

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Answers to More Questions 2


Can a sixty-three-year-old divorced male on Social Security receive Food Stamps? Food Stamps have nothing to do with age, marital status or sex.  They are awarded based on poverty so, yes, your Social Security payments may be so low that you qualify … Continue reading

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Answers to More Questions


Family physician prescribe lithium Medicaid ANYONE TAKING LITHIUM SHOULD HAVE LITHIUM LEVELS DONE EVERY TWO MONTHS; KIDNEY FUNCTION SHOULD BE CHECKED EVERY SIX MONTHS, AND AN EKG SHOULD BE DONE ONCE A YEAR.         Family physicians should not be prescribing lithium.  … Continue reading

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