https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 71807.html
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog ... de-me-sick
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-27/a ... th/9286208
Mental hospitals 'treat patients like prisoners'
Sorry, Incoming Rant.
Just a few articles that outline the failure that is the mental health system in the USA, and elsewhere. TBH most people don't realize just how bad "Mental Hospitals" are, they are typically nothing more than prisons meant to keep the mentally ill away from the general public, and patient abuse in them is rampant. Just something I wanted to bring up associated with the topic of suicide, as people tend to think there is actually adequate help out there for the mentally ill, and the suicidal in particular. With suicidal people, mental hospitals are the first line of 'defense' in a manner of speaking. So it's a fairly appropriate topic.
These places operate exactly like private prisons because they are generally owned and operated by the same people, the same companies own them, provide the construction, furnishings, and even the foods. State Operated mental hospitals are even worse, they are basically temporary holding cells for psychotic prisoners, they are mostly filled with mentally ill criminals of some type or another, mixed together with severely mentally ill people who are there for things like acute psychosis, suicide attempts/suicidality in general, etc.
Which makes for a bad combination, in the one I was in even looking at people the wrong way could cause a fight, most fights were stopped 'fairly' quickly, but not quickly enough to prevent someone from getting hurt. Each type of incident has a 'code', "Code Purple" was for violence/fights, and the entire time I was there, it was called over the loudspeakers NON-STOP, day and night.. you would be regularly woken up by these calls, they go out over a loud-speaker clearly audible everywhere in the facility. You will get woken up at minimum 5 times a night by these, during the day you can't even keep count.
Worse, The acutely psychotic, or patients who annoy the staff are regularly sedated with massive doses of antipsychotics, and benzodiazepines. Basically, the more vulnerable, and sick you are.. the higher the chance you will be subject to this sort of mistreatment. Especially if you are too sick to voice any kind of complaint. The nurses simply want to do their job, get paid, and go home. (A majority anyway, especially the veterans.) Newbies tend to be more compassionate.
The worse thing I saw while in the state-run facility was their method of 'restraint'. They would bring out this GIANT METAL CHAIR
, it literally looks like a medieval torture device. People who misbehave, or sometimes people who just piss off the staff
, are forcibly locked into this chair with restraining harnesses (you literally can't move a muscle.) you are very tightly restrained, it's way-way-excessive, in addition, once you are restrained, even though you can NOT move, you are forcibly injected with a very high dose of antipsychotics, and benzodiazepines. Sometimes they left patients in this state for more than half a day. A girl whom I got very close to their, was subjected to this treatment at least 40+ times during my 15-day stay. Why? She was very aggressive (Verbally, not physically.), and every single nurse their hated her guts. Hey, she treated me well and was kind to all the patients. Anway, it was disgusting to watch, and still pisses me off to think about it. Once she got out of the chair, she would typically be so out of it, she couldn't even walk, would fall asleep in random places, fall over, and drool on herself. Fun times.
The entire experience is very undignifying at best, you are locked into a ward with about 20-40 other patients depending, all exits are locked, there is one 'room' to the outside which is bared in with prison bars. You can not go outside, and on the occasions, they take you outside into a bared in the area, while being escorted by guards, and nurses. You were only allowed outside for around 15 minutes per day or so.
Trust me, being there is so depressing it's not even funny, in fact, it's depressing, and terrifying, because once you are there.. you belong
to the state, and the only way out is for the magistrate(A Judge who works in the mental hospital) to release you, typically via the approval of a psychiatrist. Oh, btw.. never piss off your psychiatrist. But hey, mentally ill people aren't always the most friendly, and you know, psychiatrists are human, filled with all the delusion, ignorance, and arrogance of humans, and they tend to get worn down, apathetic, and even malicious over long periods of working in these places, especially since most of these people are insanely overworked, and they regularly take their angst out on patients.
The nursing staff are typically worse, piss one off and they will make your life HELL. With as little as a simple phone call they can have 'security guards' (Ex-cops, prison guards, and military, etc; whom where most likely fired for being incompetent at their jobs.) rush in, and restrain you(usually with excessive force), put you in the huge metal chair, and sedate you with no real recourse, even if once they get there you are calm, cooperative, etc. Once they are called in, you're going in the chair.
Oh not to mention, the rooms were so frak cold that even with 5 blankets, I couldn't sleep and literally shook the entire time I stayed there. I wore about 5 pairs of sweat-pants, 3-5 pairs of socks, a t-shirt, and 3-4 sweatshirts in combination with the blankets, and still shook from the cold, no matter who I complained to, they wouldn't turn up the heat. Cunts.
Not a single friend or person I met there felt they were helped by this 'hospital', most of what we spent our days hoping for was for someone's visitors to sneak in some cigarettes, some patients are pretty gifted at singing, and that always passes the terrible time, or you could attempt to cuddle with a friendly in-mate(lol), You can't touch other 'patients', errr?... prisoners? Sorry, I don't remember anymore which we were. Yes, that also gets you the chair.
Some were appreciative to be there, but only because the alternative for them was real jail. Which is marginally worse. I suppose. While in the mental hospital, if you are serving a jail sentence, you get time served, btw. Wonder why?
In the past I have been in 'private' mental hospitals, some of them were actually O-K, but they still had many of the same issues, and if you can ignore blatant mistreatment of patients (over-medication basically.), and the fact that the mentally ill are treated like prisoners, instead of as sick people in need of help, then yeah some can be ok.
To be totally honest I do not see why people with mental health issues should be treated in such a manner when there is no difference between mental illness, and physical illness... yet the treatment of these conditions is so appallingly unequal that it's disgusting. Some may believe 'were doing the best we can', I call utter BULLSHIT.
Why do the mentally ill need to be locked in cages? Treated as prisoners, and why does society fear them so much? Can anyone explain it? Would this treatment be acceptable for someone suffering from a physical condition? Even something as simple as the over-medication of someone to make the doctors/nurses lives easier..?
Here is a documentary filmed in a mental hospital, if you want to see what it's like.
Bellevue: Inside Out | Psychiatric Hospital Documentary