Tag Archives: Psychiatric Hospitalization

How Did Robin Finally Heal?

  In January 2004, after everything I had gone through in the previous year, I was determined to get my life back to some semblance of normal. The panacea, as I saw it, was returning to work as a case … Continue reading

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Update for the Readers of Despair to Deliverance

I apologize for dropping off the radar for so long. The reality is, a lot has been happening apart from our attempts to finish our book. As I said in my last post, Robin actually moved to Florida! Anyone who … Continue reading

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“Robin, I Think You Need a New World View”

  I made a CD of music for Robin in April 2003 partly because I was moved by the painful emotions she shared with me through her music.  It helped me relate emotionally to the depth of her pain.  I … Continue reading

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“I’d Have to Accept a Whole New Identity.”

I had no idea how Robin would react to the news that I thought she was having a mixed bipolar episode.  I was very concerned.  If I was right about her diagnosis, this would confirm she was experiencing impaired impulse … Continue reading

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“I’m Going to Drink Until I Pass Out!”

I always knew Robin had anxiety in social situations.  She acknowledged it in our first session.  What became clear after her meltdown, however, was that she actually fit the criteria for what is known as Avoidant Personality Disorder.  People with … Continue reading

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Robin’s Thoughts About The Hospital

I slept very little the night before I was hospitalized and woke up exhausted.  I started drinking that day as soon as I got up.  I was drinking vodka and lemonade, my drink of choice, and listening to a CD … Continue reading

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Robin Finally Lets Her People In

The inpatient unit where Robin was staying consisted of ten rooms with two beds per room, in a long hallway with a nurses’ station in the middle of the unit.  The nurses’ station was a room enclosed in shatterproof glass … Continue reading

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