Tag Archives: CPEP

What is Wrong with this Woman? Recovering from Chronic Fatigue and Depression (Part V)


So I went home and took an overdose of insulin, which ended me up in the Emergency Room with a glucose level of about 120, which was pretty wonderful.  I was interviewed by a psychiatrist who said I didn’t need … Continue reading

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Water Doesn’t Flow Up


Anne: You are right, that the problem devolves into a political concern. However, it’s not simply a matter of “hierarchies,” but the way in which the struggle to overcome that polity emerges. Complaining about the abuses of the system is … Continue reading

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SURVIVING PSYCHIATRY: A User’s Manual


SURVIVING PSYCHIATRY:  A User’s Manual by Anne C Woodlen Now for sale to you, this 60-page collection of 23 essays recently sold out at Dr. Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference. “The great jazz bassist Ron Carter once described good jazz … Continue reading

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Surviving Psychiatry: A User’s Manual


  Surviving Psychiatry   A User’s Manual    Anne C. Woodlen    The great jazz bassist Ron Carter once described good jazz as a delicate balance of the predictable and the unpredictable.  Too predictable and it bores the listener, too … Continue reading

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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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SPD > CPEP > [Disappeared] (Part I)


Thomas was born the youngest of four children and he grew up nuts.  Just plain crazy.  I have been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, narcissism, and maybe a few other things I don’t remember, so … Continue reading

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Sex, Doctors, “Mental Illness” and Medicaid


“You have enemies?  Good.  That means you’ve stood up for something in your life.”  Winston Churchill The underlined questions are things for which people searched my blog, followed by my answers. Why is sex on the beach bad? I dunno—pretty sandy?  … Continue reading

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VESID, CPEP/CPAP, Medicaid & Malpractice: Answers to More Questions


VESID—a drug; I don’t like VESID; Complaints and VESID; is celiac covered under NYS VESID Act? VESID is neither a drug nor an act.  It is New York State’s Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities. (They couldn’t think … Continue reading

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CPEP: Syracuse’s Gitmo (Part II)


            Next, after you walk into CPEP (Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program) everything you have is taken away from you.  Your cell phone, telephone/address book, sweatshirt and Weekly Reader—all taken away from you and locked up.             You are now, unequivocally, in … Continue reading

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CPEP: Syracuse’s Gitmo


            On February 5, 2009, the Post-Standard published a letter that read in part “[CPEP]was filled way beyond capacity, with patients lying on chairs, floors, anywhere they could find space. It was quickly clear to us that it was understaffed, dealing … Continue reading

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