Tag Archives: Anxiety

Feeling Compelled to Write a Book

As I have said, the experiences I had as Robin’s therapist in 2003 changed my life.  I never expected Robin to have such a dramatic meltdown.  I certainly never expected it to take a year for her psychiatrist and I … Continue reading

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Preview of Things to Come

Our loyal readers who have followed our story know that Robin and I are working on finishing up our book, and will be self-publishing it as soon as possible.  It will tell the rest of the story of how Robin … Continue reading

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NOTE TO THE READERS OF DESPAIR TO DELIVERANCE

For those of you who have followed along, Robin and I have now finished telling our story of the very stressful year we both experienced in 2003 after her meltdown.  Our plan is for Robin to write the last chapter … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Want to Kill Myself.”

  It was October 2003 and Robin had been battling her own brain for over eight months.  After four hospitalizations, eleven ECT treatments, the loss of her job and health insurance, and the finalizing of a bankruptcy, she was trying … Continue reading

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“I’m Tired of Doing the Suicidal Battle in My Head.”

In mid-September 2003, approximately two weeks after her fourth hospitalization, Robin began to display noticeable signs of a further lessening of depression.  Her affect was brighter.  Her thinking continued to become clearer.  She moved more quickly and responded to questions … Continue reading

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Robin’s Thoughts on Rock Bottom

It was a horrible six months for me at the start of 2003. I had a major psychiatric Meltdown, was hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital for the first time, went on short-term disability, was diagnosed with a severe and chronic … Continue reading

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“I Want to Get My Life Back to Normal.”

  Robin had just received her second ECT treatment, and had to meet with her supervisor the following day.  She was very worried and upset about the prospect of losing her job.  “I can’t go back to living with my … Continue reading

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“I Had the Tylenol All Lined Up.”

  During the time Robin was experiencing the aftermath of her meltdown in 2003 I had been a psychologist for a little over ten years.  I had been working at the same agency from the time I had begun my … Continue reading

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“Are You Going to Ditch Me Now?”

  As a therapist to adult outpatients, often with significant and chronic symptoms, I did not make it a practice to visit clients in the hospital.  I always wanted them to know I was not the only person who could … Continue reading

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The Phone Call that Changed Everything

The story begins with a phone call one day from Robin.  She and I had been working together in therapy for almost ten years at that point.  She had almost never called me between sessions during that ten year period, … Continue reading

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