Tag: depression

Alcohol and Suicide

“It’s Larry,” said the nurse, handing me the phone. No other introduction was needed.  Larry was a Viet Nam vet who was a frequent patient at the hospital where I worked. It was 8 p.m., I had a unit full of psychiatric patients and he wanted to be admitted. Larry was drunk, which he and I both knew would keep him…

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The Cuckoo’s Nest, 50 Years Later

In the late 1950’s, a journalism student at Stanford University who worked as an aide in the Veteran’s Hospital participated in CIA-funded experiments on behavioral engineering of humans using psychoactive drugs.  The hallucinogenic experiences he enjoyed would change the young author’s outlook on life and inspire his writings. A few years later, the man wrote an allegory on individual liberty…

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