Tag Archives: National Institute of Mental Health

You Come First–Really (Part II)


What the hell does the Brownell Center for Behavioral Therapy think you want psychotherapy for?  For all this stuff—the yelling and hitting and fucking and drunkenness and drugging!  That’s what’s hurting you!  And they are ripping through the most painful, … Continue reading

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Ruth Hope Woodlen


People are searching my blogs for Ruth Woodlen, so it is necessary that I make clear the relationship between Ruth and me.  She is my youngest sister, and the executive director of the Mental Health Association of the Capital Region … Continue reading

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Behind the Locked Doors


One day I asked a writer-friend who had read a lot of my writing what he was most interested in reading.  He said, “The things about inpatient psychiatry.”  The doors are locked—nobody knows what goes on behind them.  I’ve been … Continue reading

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The “Chemical Imbalance” Theory of Depression


I have bipolar depression, which is triggered by powerlessness, and I am kept powerless when I’m in the doctor’s waiting room.  We all need—each and every one of us—a certain degree of power over our own lives.  We have to have … Continue reading

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Depression: What Your Psychiatrist Doesn’t Know or Won’t Tell You (part I)


Depression is anger born of powerlessness and turned inward by people with a certain genetic predisposition. Depression is not your fault but you can beat it.  It is triggered by an interaction between your genes and your world—“depression via a … Continue reading

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