I will grant you that there was a "quiet room" where the seriously ill were sometimes put and restraints were a necessity for some patients, but fortunately for me, that was on the other wing of the floor.
The people that I was around were dealing with bipolar disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, or any other variety of mental health issues and usually admitted as the last resort.
As a dating coach, I still run across people that say they desperately want to meet someone, but in the next breath say they could never get online because they would feel like a loser or some other excuse.
— padded walls, straight jackets handed out like electric shock treatments — is what it's like being in a psych ward, but in reality, the two psychiatric hospitals I’ve been in for depression, OCD and an eating disorder have been much less exciting than that.
The roles of scientist and social arbitrator are spin-offs.
Szasz distinguishes the contractual psychiatric-patient relationship from the institutional one.
Usually quite a bit has transpired before a person turns to a psychiatrist for help.
First of all, the person has noticed that all sorts of things in life are no longer the way he would like them to be, that he is no longer able to do things that he is used to being able to do, and that all sorts of thoughts and feelings plague and impair him.No one cares what you look like because you’re all in the same boat and just trying to make your way back upstream. You don’t have a choice: you can’t stress about work, exercise, running here or there, or keeping up on social media.Your job while you’re there is to reclaim your life, to learn skills to better handle the things that might have brought you there in the first place.He has sought explanations inside himself and possibly found some, but this did not bring about the hoped for relief.He has probably discussed it with other people but this too, did not help enough.While it’s stressful, it’s a different kind of work — it’s internal — and without the external pressure, there’s a sense of unfamiliar freedom. Abby Heugel is a freelance writer, editor and award-winning blogger at Abby Has