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Congress, God and Antidepressants


I write about how to be an effective citizen in the United States.  Where’s God in all of that?  Congress has passed some Godly acts, including Social Security, Medicare and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  These are things that say “I … Continue reading

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Discovering Power


Kathy yelled “You’ve got to do something about this!  If she’s treating you this way then she’s treating everybody this way!  You are smart enough and strong enough to do something about it and you have to!”  All I knew … 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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Dr. Nasri Ghaly, Psychiatrist (Part 4)


Finally, I think that any physician who administers shock treatment against the will of the patient should be arrested and charged with criminal assault.  Court-ordered ECT is an abomination.  Society does not have the right to invade that most private … Continue reading

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Dr. Nasri Ghaly, Psychiatrist (Part I)


When I am sitting with a medical specialist, trying to explain the peculiar oddities of my health problems, sooner or later it becomes appropriate to say, “Well, Dr. Ghaly says—.”  If the specialist knows Dr. Ghaly then he reacts as if all the … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Hospital Psychiatric: Tam


About Tam             In the morning, Monday, I saw another kid, a kid of indeterminate gender, in CPEP.  The kid was skinny, about a hundred pounds and five-foot-three-inches tall, with scraps of red hair visible under a black headscarf.  The … Continue reading

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About St. Joseph’s Hospital Psychiatric Services (Part 1)


 “Mindfulness, the capacity to be here, to witness deeply everything that happens in the present moment, is the beginning of enlightenment.”  –Thich Nhat Hanh “You must make the unjust visible.”  –Mahatma Gandhi Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) About Michael Michael … Continue reading

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