Posted by Sharlee on April 15, 2002 at 20:55:49:
In Reply to: Have you ever been to a mental hospital? posted by John on April 15, 2002 at 07:36:31:
: What's it like?
### I have not had the experience as a patient but I have visited my daughter who goes in and out occasionally for short visits. I understand the state owned hospitals are not so hot and also very difficult to get into but the private one my daughter goes to is modern with nice works of art, soft lighting, comfortable lounge rooms with TV's and videos, lovely dining room with beautiful food, and morning and afternoon teas and suppers and a variety of day programs for patients to take like "relaxing and reducing stress" Depending on the doctor's permission, patients are free to walk to the shops or go for a supervised morning walk. About half of the patients are bedridden (possibly drugged)and some go for electric shock therapy (I still don't like this practice). My complaint is security is lax and patients sometimes go missing and with a busy 4 lane road outside the hospital, this is a cause for concern. It was a real concern of mine as when my daughter first went in, she had run away from home and she did in fact once take off and I found her at a railway station some 20km away. Some of the staff are lovely but at least half are not. They also banned my daughter last year because she threw a glass of water onto a nurse. While this is the wrong thing to do, I would have thought that the nurses who are trained for this sort of thing should have been able to manage this incident in a better way. After all they are dealing with disturbed people. It seems they rely on drugs to control patients which I don't agree with. The other danger in pyschiatric hospitals is that you may learn bad habits off of other patients. These hospitals often have "cutting epidemics". My daughter got caught up in this and soon she learnt how to break CD's to cut herself and also to unravel the spiral wire binding on exercise books to the same effect. Sharlee
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