Posted by Glenside Memorial Vet. on April 15, 2002 at 22:03:36:
In Reply to: Have you ever been to a mental hospital? posted by John on April 15, 2002 at 07:36:31:
I was a psychiatric aid in a private mental hospital around age 20.
I worked in the womens' violent ward. We socialized with the patients
in the day room. They bickered all day. Eventually we put one or more
in a padded cell and used water hoses to subdue them. We used strait
jackets to restrict behavior.
Later I was a Director of a clinical service in a state psychiatric
facility. Most of the patients were C.U.T. schizophrenics
or chronic, paranoid type. No difference, they were taking major
anti-psychotic medications. No padded cells. No strait jackets. Just meds.
Now, much of psychiatric inpatient treatment is for depression or bi-polar
disease. Being on a "ward" is relatively benign in that it is a non-judgmental experience. Being in a protective environment fosters safe
dose levels and shelters patients from external influences. If you are having auditory or visual halucinations, suicidal ideation you need to
follow the Doc's recommendations. Forget about the environment. Save your
life and sanity. If you need stabilization, follow the Doc's recommendations also, In the long run, you will do best in a monitored
setting. The workplace is not a suitable environment for trying the
effects of new meds in some instances. Signing in is not a permanent commitment. Trust is difficult. Good luck.
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