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Regina Rodríguez-Martin
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American culture coach
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Outpatient program, part seven
You might start with  Outpatient program for depression and anxiety, Part One. Eleventh Session (Oct. 17, 2017) I'm bored with this program and bored with blogging about it. Usually 10-15 people show up, but today there were only eight. The first exercise w...

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Outpatient program, part six
Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, IL You might start with  Outpatient program for depressio and anxiety, Part One. Ninth Session  (Oct. 13, 2017) There's one man who consistently dozes in group and I feel for him because it sounds like he's on too st...

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Outpatient program, part five
You might start with  Outpatient program for depression and anxiety, part one. Seventh session (Oct. 9, 2017) Today was weird. It was clear that at least some of the staff had read last week's blog posts and changed their behavior accordingly (on my third d...

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Outpatient program saga
If you've been following my adventures in the outpatient program  at St. Joseph Hospital, there will now be a brief pause in my blogging about it. But check back at the end of next week for updates.

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My people
One thing I like about mental illness support groups, outpatient programs and the nut house itself is that I can be myself 100%. Unlike anywhere else, I can take off my public face, express exactly what I'm feeling and say what's on my mind or stare dully i...

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Depression: Tired of Being You
It's shameful how few services there are for people with mental illness. My therapist and I have spent weeks looking for a permanent, ongoing support group for people with depression, just plain old depression. While there are grief groups and survivors of ...

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Outpatient program, part four
First you might read Outpatient program, part three . Fifth session (Oct. 5, 2017) This morning I found the first hour disturbing. We did the usual check-in with the counselor asking everyone about sleep, appetite, suicidal ideation, self-care and what the ...

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Outpatient program, part three
First you might read Outpatient program, part two. The St. Joseph Hospital outpatient program did get better this week. It's like they really heard our criticisms of the heavy focus on handouts and the non-interactive reading of what we'd written and did mo...

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Gun control debate is OVER
Look, people, this is the United States. Mass murder by gunfire isn't going to stop and Congress is not going to pass legislation to restrict access to guns. Gun control is a dead issue, no matter how much we might hope it's still up for discussion. As I sa...

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Outpatient program, part two
Third Session  (Sept. 29, 2017) Today was better. The first hour of checking in was conducted by a therapist I'd actually seen before. I've finally made it to the repeats! One woman said she'd had a hard time making a stressful phone call, but she finally d...
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