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Ativan, Sleep Apnea and Bad Craziness


Someone searched my blog for Ativan with sleep apnea: DO NOT TAKE ATIVAN IF YOU HAVE SLEEP APNEA. It could kill you. Ativan, also known as Lorazepam and Temesta, is a benzodiazepine. It is used for the treatment of anxiety, … 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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Antidepressants don’t kill; doctors prescribing them do


“Joe Mazella . . . killed himself three years ago under the effects of antidepressants.” The doctor did not see the patient for ten years, nevertheless he doubled the patient’s prescription for Paxil.  The state Health Dept. has put him … Continue reading

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The Only Option


This is the iced tea I’ve been drinking all my life and Hospice plans to take it away from me.  What Hospice will do is discontinue Amelia, who knows how I like my iced tea, and replace her with their … Continue reading

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Dr. Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference 2012


One of the greatest things in the world is coming home. I come through the front door, crawl into my jammies, pour a big glass of my usual iced tea and sink into bed. The hotel where the Empathic Conference … Continue reading

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Ativan, Sleep Apnea, and Bad Craziness


Someone searched my blog for Ativan with sleep apnea: DO NOT TAKE ATIVAN IF YOU HAVE SLEEP APNEA.  It could kill you. Ativan, also known as Lorazepam and Temesta, is a benzodiazepine; it is a narcotic.  It is used for 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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Depression and Power


I have just received a comment that is so outrageous that I’m interrupting everything else to respond.  The comment is:  “Effective treatment of bipolar disorder is often based on the combination of several elements including the following: PHARMACOTHERAPY.  The drugs … 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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Behind the Locked Doors of Inpatient Psychiatry: About the Author (Part I)


When I was fourteen, I was diagnosed with depression and saw a psychologist for psychotherapy twice a week for about a year and a half.  It was ineffective, so I got shipped off to boarding school.  The bouts of depression … Continue reading

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