Category Archives: Trauma

Trauma and Connection: You Need Not Be Alone

When Monica Cassani posted this video (see below) on her wonderful blog, BEYOND MEDS.com today, I was not sure I would watch it, mostly because I often do not have the patience to watch videos, no matter who recommends them. … Continue reading

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My Challenge to the IOL: Stop Using Restraints and Seclusion NOW

Well, how did it go yesterday? All in all, I would say it was a very successful meeting. Certainly it went better than I expected, and better than the disastrous meeting a year ago at Middlesex Hospital with Dr Grillo … Continue reading

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Am I Crazy? Hallucinations, Delusions or Consensual Reality

What is real? Is anything true and factual? Or are we all just deluded and mad as hatters? This is a serious question. What I recall and what was written down in my chart about a certain four days in … Continue reading

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Natchaug Hospital and Trauma-related artwork (plus…)

     

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Open Letter to Deborah Weidner, MD, Chief Medical Officer, of Natchaug Hospital

It has been a week since my discharge from the Adult Unit at Natchaug Hospital. After a week of recuperation and stabilization at home I feel compelled to write you via the open forum of a letter on this blog. It may … Continue reading

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Mental Hospital: Psychiatric “Treatment” and Abuse II (Continued)

I was admitted last Tuesday night, the 17th of July I believe it was, to the Institute of Living, the psychiatric division of Hartford Hospital in central Connecticut. I do not remember this. The fact that I have amnesia for it and … Continue reading

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More Psychiatric Abuse in Mental Hospital and Emergency Room

I admit I was angry. I admit I was loud and irritable. I admit that I may have been perceived as “difficult.” But never once did I make a verbal or gestural threat or even so much as stand on … Continue reading

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Psychiatric Crisis Intervention: How to Avoid Restraints and Violence

  *Note that when I write of a psychiatric crisis, I mean a patient who is not actively on street drugs. I cannot speak to any situation where someone has been taking unknown quantities of unknown chemicals. In such a … Continue reading

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“The Scream” plus an update…

   In the midst of re-experiencing trauma, sometimes all you can do is scream, even if it is silently and only in paint…I hope this speaks to some of you who may feel as I do, often or even just … Continue reading

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Different kind of artwork for me: Car Picture for Tim

Okay, this is for the boys! _____________________________________________________ Some sad news that I only feel able to share now, is that  I had to put my beloved cat of 17 years to sleep on Friday last…and it was truly awful. I … Continue reading

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Useless Psychiatric Mediation and a Poem

(Before I write this blog entry, I want to send this message:To certain people from Middlesex Hospital who read this and are following developments in my case against you please be aware that I know who you are and I … Continue reading

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Shock Treatment/ ECT – Therapy or Torture?

Although most of this post was written and posted back in 2011, I have both edited it and written an addendum, especially for the students in Holly C’s course, with whom I will be doing a Skype class on Monday. … Continue reading

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Hospital Abuses: Psychiatry and Authority

Stay away from this hospital’s psychiatric unit! Most of what follows below is a cut and paste from past blog posts, plus the latest update, but I wanted to do so in order that newer readers would understand where all … Continue reading

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In-Patient Psychiatric Abuse Can Be Subtle (and not so)

I will be rewriting this for my new memoir, but wanted to try out the episode here, in part, though I have not yet rewritten it…I have been rereading my many journals that I have retrieved from storage in preparation … Continue reading

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Trauma: Exposure Therapy or Salt on Wound?

Caveat Lector or Warning to the Reader: Although it is only 10:30pm, I seem to be falling into dreamtalk as I write this…I must be sleepier than I know, and half asleep or falling asleep every so often as  I … Continue reading

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Psychiatry and Authority: Restraints Update

      I want to update my “On Psychiatry and Authority” post, especially about what they did to me at “MIddlesex Hospital, which I can now do with more accurate data. I gleaned a lot of the following directly … Continue reading

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Trauma and Acceptance

  These past several weeks have been pure hell for me. In fact, despite some of my “up” posts, these past 18 months have been hell. I have found it nearly impossible to move beyond my experience and the trauma … Continue reading

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