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Starting One Week Ago—Check It Out


The NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQC) has been supplanted by the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.  http://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/ Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of the Justice Center for the Protection … Continue reading

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Greetings, Gentlefolk


“I have spent the past twelve days in St. Joseph’s Hospital on inpatient psychiatry (Unit 3-6) with Dr. Roger Levine attending. I am now going to file complaints with the New York State Dept. of Health, NYS Office of Mental Health, … Continue reading

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Resources re Understanding Psych Meds


Ethical Issues Related to Treatment Induced Harm (Part II) By Ron Unger on September 8, 2012 The Triumph of Bad Science is a blog post by Robert Whitaker that explains the history of the false claim that black box warnings about … Continue reading

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How to Write


The shadows grow long as I wheel through the university.  I loved the university.  My father was a college professor and I grew up on campus—learned to swim in the college pool, had a card at the college library, and … Continue reading

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Ethical Issues Related to Treatment Induced Harm (Part I)


Or:  Every resource available to get off psych meds By Ron Unger on September 8, 2012 Many people come into the mental health system often after being betrayed and traumatized in a number of ways: too often, the mental health system … Continue reading

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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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The SPD That Can’t Do Anything Right


At 6:22 a.m. a car alarm started sounding outside my window—well, somewhere outside my window.  I live on the eighth floor, so it wasn’t directly outside my window.  Directly under my window is a Crouse Hospital parking lot.  If the … Continue reading

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Rolling the Stearman


A photograph of an airborne open cockpit biplane hangs on my bedroom wall.  It is a 1938 Stearman.  I was at my sister’s in Chester County, Pennsylvania, standing at the sink washing dishes and looking out the window in the … Continue reading

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Loving Others


What were the best moments of your life? My last glucose was 544, so I thought this was a good time to collect the best moments of my life. The most recent was in April at the Empathic Therapy Conference. … Continue reading

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The Mind without the Spirit


(I have no idea why this won’t post in 12-pt. font.  Sorry ’bout that.) In Dr. Andrew Weil’s 7-page paper, “We Have Happy Pills, Anxiety Drugs, and Therapists Galore: So Why Are We More Stressed and Depressed than Ever?” he … Continue reading

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