Tales From The Ward: Violent Young Females

Read this first thing in my morning (not what most people think of as morning, but it’s mine). Made me feel grateful. And she’s a fine writer. I can’t bear to say “enjoy”- too close to the bone for many of us. If anything, I’d have to post a Trigger Warning for those of us who have spent any significant length of time in a psych hospital. But here’s a view from the other side of the… experience, I guess you could call it.

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  1. Thank you so much for the reblog– I’m flattered to be included over here 🙂

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    • It’s an honor to have you. You’re a wonderful writer with a unique perspective on the world of mental illness. We’ve been having an ongoing discussion here about the impact of stigma in the lives of those of us who suffer from a mental illness, and for me your post brought up some important questions like: what do we do with the issue of stigmatization of the seriously mentally ill, when they sometimes do actually fit the popular notions of what “crazy people” act like? I want to change that appellation, in fact change the popular notion from”crazy” to…. something else. Not “sick,” because that’s already an alternate term for “crazy.” I’m stuck here, because as your post points out with elegance and compassion, dangerous mentally ill persons do exist. So given this reality, how can we acknowledge that fact while working to educate the public that the vast majority of people suffering from mental illness are NOT like those unfortunate sufferers?

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      • That is a very weighty question– and one that I often end up talking about when I’m at dinner or something and it comes out that I work at a Psych Hospital. All they know are the headlines and the wild stories which our local news absolutely love to pedal; They don’t realize that the hospital is mostly just a hospital, where you are hanging out with people who can express their needs and have thoughtful conversations and debate the merits of a TV show or make fun of the food or anything else “the rest of us” would do.

        I’m not sure how you drive home that distinction, any more than pointing out the range of symptoms and severity you would see with any other illness… Gosh, I’ll be thinking about this all day now, no doubt.

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        • “They don’t realize that the hospital is mostly just a hospital, where you are hanging out with people who can express their needs and have thoughtful conversations and debate the merits of a TV show or make fun of the food or anything else “the rest of us” would do.”

          And that, my dear, is the point that needs to be driven home, as you say. And how does one do that? By talking about it and writing about it at every possible opportunity. If you don’t see opportunities, create them. It’s people like you who can REALLY make the difference, by showing and telling what the world of the hospitalized mentally ill is really like.

          It’s like the rest of the world, isn’t it, except it’s ramped up a whole bunch of notches. Some people are there because they want to kill themselves. Some people are there because they have lost touch with “reality” and are convinced that aliens are speaking to them through the lightbulbs. https://bipolarforlife.me/?s=the+psychiatrist+and+the+light+bulb So many reasons. But it’s like a caricature of the “outside world.”

          Mostly, though, it’s people for whom the pain is just too much. And that’s the part we need to shout from the rooftops. We are not a danger to anyone but ourselves. For the most part, we walked through these doors in order to save our own lives. To live another day, to keep from turning our loved ones’ lives into tragedies.

          I’m sure you have many more reasons. Would you consider writing a guest post on BPFL on the reasons that people come into your hospital? I think it would be immensely helpful, both for our dedicated Mental Heath Blogger community and for those who come by to read out of curiosity or in order to educate themselves. Let me know your thoughts.

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          • Wow– sure! I might need some time, but it certainly sounds like a really intriguing idea for a post! I just read your post about the light bulb and it was very very familiar to a lot of what I’ve seen and heard… aliens or cameras, usually.

            Off the top of my head I feel like just writing a sketch of a room full of people and answering the question “How did you get here?” for each of them.

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