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Our Front Door


Dear Ms Chiamulera (area supervisor for Related Management): Your letter to me on 4/20 was variously uninformed, unreasonable and offensive. When I do not respond to you please be aware that it is not because I agree with you; it … Continue reading

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What is Wrong with this Woman? Recovery, Chronic Fatigue and Depression (Part IV)


Somewhere along the line around 2011 I had diagnosed myself as being depressed and set out to get a talk therapist, which turned out not to be as easy as it sounds.  What I didn’t understand was that the abuse … Continue reading

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Recovery, Chronic Fatigue and Depression (Part III)


I had learned that the cause of depression is the perception of powerlessness; once I got my power back then I would be all right. Um, well, not exactly. Around 2009 I moved to another HUD-subsidized apartment building in Syracuse.  … Continue reading

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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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From God to Linda McKeown–There’s a Trip


How do I know that God’s got my back? The first and biggest confirmation of this came about three years after I was diagnosed with nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, which is a rare form of kidney damage that is caused by bad doctors … Continue reading

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Power: The Cure for Depression


I was a formerly depressed person.  Sometime after I stopped taking antidepressants—but was still frequently depressed—Mary Lou Rubenstein, a friend, told me that the trigger for depression is the perception of powerlessness.  Everybody in her family was depressed—parents, siblings and children—but she … Continue reading

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The Perception of Powerlessness


So the days and nights went on, indistinguishable from one another, and I went to a neuropsychologist who told me that depression is triggered by the perception of powerlessness.  Then he told me to take more pills.  Antidepressants pills were what had … Continue reading

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