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The loneliness of the psych ward

From Thursday's Globe and Mail

Many psychiatric patients never see a family member or friend at their bedside. Guilt, shame, fear and sometimes simply exhaustion can keep loved ones away, but for people enduring long stays in a mental hospital, those visits are a vital lifeline ...Read the full article

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  1. Keating Gun from Canada writes: The pscyopathology of the mental hopsital system itself makes it a frightening place for patients and visitors alike. Even though nearly all mentally ill patients are mobile and provide all physical care for themselves, it is not surprising to read that the nursing staff are 'TOO BUSY'to talk to them. Other than write nursing notes and hand out medications, what are earth are they there for but to interact with patients in a way that will most assist the patients? 'Too many are contaminated with the healthcare community's misplaced sense of entitlement and its cynical attitudes. As many patients there suffer from chronic mental illness requiring cycles of hospitalization, especially where there are no community supports to prevent destabilization and the need for revolving door 'care', their families have drifted, become alienated or felt shut out over the years. Many psychiatrists are quick to diagnose the patient as much different from ordinary folk and the families themselves and to let families off the hook, thereby enabling the 'dumping'of their family member into the system. Rather than share culture with and help patients rise, as often occurs with acute physicially ill patients, psychiatry actually shuns patients, sending them through the floor into society's only subclass. I strongly suggest that patient loneliness should be blamed on our tightly-wound conformist culture, alientated healthcare providers and the system, not mental illness. The mentally ill are not very frightening at all. It's the mental hospital and psychiatry that give people the willies.
  2. Jung Frau from Switzerland writes: Great comments, Keating Gun. My experience has been with the Early Psychosis Unit of CAMH. As recently as 2003 (not exactly the dark ages) it was an awful place to visit. The walls needed painting, the colours were drab, the building in general was run-down. If I thought that was bad, my trip to the Queen Street location made the downtown location look good by comparison. If a gift shop was a good idea, surely by 2003 there should have been a gift shop on the premises. As a parent, I was talked to in clinical language about a condition I knew nothing about. I quickly got the message that recovery was a vague concept, that my son would probably need lifelong medication, and that schizophrenia was really 'awful'. This is not to denigrate the very kind but 'busy' nurses and other staff. Institutions needs customers (patients) or they would go out of business. My only recourse was to help my son not become a lifelong patient. These are skills that can be learned but they take time and empathy. As you pointed out, time and empathy are in short supply in a hospital setting.
  3. scott thomas from Canada writes: Thank you Erin for a wonderful and important piece of writing.
  4. Hockey Nomad from Mississauga, Canada writes: In my brother's case during his brief stay, certain 'friends of the family' actually enjoyed visiting in the sense of 'well look who's in the looney bin, haha'.
  5. Ben Robinson from Toronto, Canada writes: Thanks for the article, Erin. There are a few things I want to clarify. This is my 6th hospitalization, and this time around, I have been getting A LOT of visitors. At least two people a day, often 3. I have been visited almost every day for extended peroids of time from a fellow member of the Mad Students' Society. I find having friends who have gone through similar experiences increases the odds that they will visit you. Also, my fiance has been visiting me a lot.
  6. Stuart Clarfield from Toronto, Canada writes: At a rate of 1 in 4 people, all our families our touched by mental health issues at some point in our lives. To keep people with mental health conditions at a distance speaks to our own fears, guilt, shame and frustration. THAT is probably the key thing that needs to be overcome.

    I have no specific tonic for any specific condition or comment on any treatment other than to say, acceptance and support, no matter what the condition, provides unity and respect - and that is what keeps folks in touch, and with hope. It's a tall task, but one we can all aspire to, whether family member, care giver or friend.
  7. annick aubert from toronto, Canada writes: Excellent writing Erin, you are telling it as it is, you allowed Susan and Joanne to convey our feelings, and our hurts.
    Could I add that sometimes the family member who refused to see his family when first admitted calls the same family a few days later and asks why they haven't visited ? also, I would not visit someone who is still in serious psychosis, anymore than I would visit someone just out of anesthesia. I would feel that I am invading their privacy, Often the visitor hears rumbling words, accusations, curses that have no foundation, and that the ill person doesn't remember uttering a few days later, and that the visitor wishes he hadn't heard.
    Thank You
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  8. Zoe Morrow from Canada writes: I think a lot of people are afraid to visit relatives and friends in mental hospitals because they are afraid of the patients. Yesterday's article spoke of nurses being sexually assaulted and abused at CAMH. That is a scary reality and many people would prefer to just stay away.

    Another issue is that the mechanisms and causes of mental illness or not really well-known and, yes, people sometimes think that mental illness is not really legitimate.

    Finally, a lot of these mental patients are so doped up on meds and in some cases so deluded by hallucinations etc. that they are perceived as 'living in their own world' and wouldn't even really be able to interact properly with visitors.

    Of course, it is sad and I was really touched when I heard they were going to get PJs and slippers for the patients. It must be hard when everyone forgets you and you're all alone and ill.
  9. Barry B from Edmonton, Canada writes: Thanks for an important article, Erin. I had a similar experience when I was hospitalized in 1984 and 1987, two 'visits' that persuaded me to never again enter a psych ward if I could do absolutely anything to avoid it - even if it was what I needed. And yes, many friends simply vanished, while others reprimanded me for having let things deteriorate so far, or for having 'tricked' them - either for not letting them know how bad things had been or conversely for being overly 'dramatic' by going into a psych ward. My mother visited the first time and both parents did the second time. I have to say that the first time in particular I didn't want to see either of them, because I blamed them for the situation I was in.
  10. Nora Wilson from Vancouver, Canada writes: I honour Ben Robinson and his mother and father for having the courage to profile Ben's mental illness and the pain suffered by all of them in learning to live with it. By their examples they help others living with mental illness to learn how to help their own loved ones. I understand from personal experience how difficult it is to visit a loved one in a psych ward. The emotional pain is unimaginable and it takes tremendous courage, especially for parents, but also for friends ands sibling. After the person with the illness, it is of course hardest on the parents. The Globe and Mail's profiles on mental illness are doing a great deal to demystify mental illness and help the rest of us understand what we can do to deal with it in our own lives. Thank you to the Robinsons for their courage and example and to Erin Anderssen for the clarity and sympathy of her article.
  11. Jane P from Toronto, Canada writes: 'Guilt? shame? fear? mentally ill people dont feel these things. People with mental illnesses need to learn to understand other people's limitations.'

    Wow. That is SO wrong on so many levels. Mental illness is the opposite of that. You are awash in feelings. Your feelings and often concerns about other people are overwhelming. Jenny charbonneau, you have NO idea. When I was in the throes of anorexia, all I felt was guilt, shame, fear and concern about others. I didn't give a crap about myself. I always put others first. I only got better once I started to care about myself.
  12. Jane P from Toronto, Canada writes: 'Finally, a lot of these mental patients are so doped up on meds and in some cases so deluded by hallucinations etc. that they are perceived as 'living in their own world' and wouldn't even really be able to interact properly with visitors.'

    So I guess this means that we shouldn't visit the elderly with dementia or alzheimer's, right? Just leave them to die alone in nursing homes? What about autistic children? Just leave them alone in institutions? What about brain injured people? As you can see, Zoe Morrow, your line of reasoning is completely off.
  13. Dean Hughes from Toronto, Canada writes: Thanks for a wonderful article, Erin. We can only break down the stigma around mental illness by speaking openly about the issues - I hope your article has sparked many conversations this morning!

    If anyone would like to join the CAMH Gifts of Light campaign, you can do so at www.camhgiftsoflight.com
  14. S Palframan from Canada writes: I visited my husband frequently, usually with our 3 kids, and there was nothing scary about the ward or the patients. Only a few people had visitors. Everyone seemed happy to see kids, it obviously wasn't an everyday occurence.

    Most of the people were there for serious depression. My husband actually ended up making a terrific friend there, and we see him regularly now that both are well.

    If someone you know is in hospital, visit. If they are mentally ill, they may not be much fun - especially if they are in the nasty arrogant manic phase of bipolar disorder - but no matter what they way, they want you to visit. They need it. They absolutely need to know that you see them as a person with an illness, not as that illness. My husband is not bipolar. He is an individual with occasionally debilitating episodes of mania. Just like I am not a cold. I just occasionally suffer from one.

    Great series. Thanks to the Globe for raising this critical issue that has such a horrible impact on so many lives, needlessly.
  15. Jeb Meate from State of resignation, Canada writes: It seems that the common theme for the apologists of not visiting missed an important element to the article. You would visit a loved one that was stricken with an illness, even if that illness had uncomfortable symptoms like rampant flatulence, hair loss, weeping eyes, tubes flowing in and out carrying putrid fluids. But when the disease is housed in the brain it becomes acceptable to dismiss and discard that loved one because you fail to understand what is going on. Blaming a Bi-Polar or Schizophrenic for their brain chemistry is a reprehensible as blaming a person for their cancer. I understand that people don't connect with me during a manic bout and that I withdraw from people during a depressive one. But the important people in my life have taken the time to understand the way I behave and do their best to understand the racing speech of mania and as well to remind me of the good things in life I am ignoring during a depression. All it takes is a desire to have a relationship with a person, regardless of the strange and unpredictable things that their illness may cause.
  16. annick aubert from toronto, Canada writes: Gifts of Light are a wonderful idea , it is new at CAMH, but CMHA has for many many years collected, wrapped and delivered gifts to patients in psychiatric hospitals all over the Province for many many years. That should not be forgotten
  17. Shunsung Yu from Toronto, Canada writes: 'Jenny charbonneau from TORONTO, Canada writes: It's your parents fault! Guilt? shame? fear? mentally ill people dont feel these things. People with mental illnesses need to learn to understand other people's limitations.'

    As a family member of someone dealing with depression (which is classified as a mental health problem), I have come to understand that guilt, shame and fear are the strongest - and more often than not - the emotions that dominate.

    As people, we can barely control our emotions when we're well (for example, I am having trouble controlling my irritation at your comment). When someone is ill, it means that they have even less control.

    Parents can no more prevent a child having diabetes or MS. What makes you think a parent or a family member has control - other than by finding and providing support - over a loved one's mental health?

    Ignorance is bliss and allows you to write from your high horse. Your comment strongly highlights why there needs to be more articles and education written about mental illness.
  18. Linda Glover from Prince George, Canada writes: Perhaps the greater tragedy is that the same people who are visiting their friends and loved ones in psych facilities are the same ones who visit them in their everyday lives...no one. The relationships these people once had are so fractured that they are left to lead a very lonely, solitary existence, often with their most meaningful and, often safest, contact with others coming only with the professionals, support workers and social service agencies they frequent. This is what I see in my work life...to my clients I am their family as they have no one left. Most often, from my experience, a stay on psych can almost be viewed as a saving grace, as then they are always surrounded by others.
  19. Zoe Morrow from Canada writes: Jane P: My reasoning is not off. I have no problem visiting people in mental hospitals. I have done this myself on several occasions and have relatives and friends who work in this field.

    My point is that many people are of the opinion that mental patients are not cogent and won't be 'sane' enough to even appreciate visitors. And, let's face it, if someone is a paranoid schizophrenic and is on heavy meds, this may be the case. I am not saying people should ignore their friends in relatives in mental hospitals. I am just saying that some people feel that their visits will not be welcome or won't be worthwhile because of the altered mind state of some patients.

    I am supplying reasons for some people's reluctance to visit mental patients.
  20. Jane P from Toronto, Canada writes: 'I am just saying that some people feel that their visits will not be welcome or won't be worthwhile because of the altered mind state of some patients.'

    That is just an excuse that they're telling themselves, not a reason. I visited my newborn son in the NICU even though he was asleep 95% of the time. I just went there and sat beside him. No one would have even thought to suggest to me that it wasn't 'worthwhile'. People still blame mental illness on the sufferer's 'weak character' - somehow, because of this, people reason that they aren't as worthy of the care that we show to other groups that may have 'altered mind states'.

    We should stop tolerating this ignorance.
  21. L A from Canada writes: Thanks for writing this... I found it hard to read because it's truly the most painful part of my life. I, thankfully, do not suffer from a mental illness but have a brother that does - quite severly. I am in a constant state of guilt for not visiting him enough and worry about him being alone in a city without any family members. While I fully recognize that he needs visitors, and that I myself have to bear the pain, I feel that it must be understood - as a sibling, to visit this person that used to be my loving, supportive brother that I worshipped but is now an extremely angry, abusive, paranoid, manic man that I do not know leaves me a wreck for days. It's come to the point where he is FULLY aware of this and feeling extreme guilt and shame for his own behaviour, he has asked that no one come visit him because he can't control his anger towards us and it just compounds existing feelings of failure for him. Obviously, we are not going to let this happen. Ironically, I enjoy volunteering with other people in my city with mental illnesses where the pain is not so personal and I can be a friend without baggage or expectations - something I cannot do as a sister, though it breaks my heart every day. I hope that by giving my time to strangers who are neglected by their loved ones because it's just too painful, that others will do the same for my brother. Thank you for writing this.
  22. Jane P from Toronto, Canada writes: When I was 17, I was in an inpatient treatment centre for an eating disorder. This treatment centre was not a locked facility - there were open windows and doors, tennis courts, nature trails, homey dorm style rooms, etc. While I was there for over four months, not ONCE did my sister visit me. Her reason? She said she 'couldn't stand to see me in such a terrible place'. How do you think I felt? I was the one living in this so-called 'terrible place'! This 'terrible place' was saving my life in with supportive program.

    So don't go blaming the buildings, or the 'busy' nurses. There is still a stigma attached to mental illness, and people like to pretend that it doesn't effect their friends and family.
  23. Zoe Morrow from Canada writes: Yes, you make some good points, Jane P. We need a lot more compassion and understanding instead of judgement.
  24. Kitty Burgers from Hamilton, Canada writes: You couldn't have picked a more creepy photo of Mr Robinson for your story. In my mind, this photo just reinforces all the stereotypes of mentally ill people that I can imagine ... just take a second look at it!
    This is precisely the type of individual I avoid if I ever have the misfortune of walking along Queen Street. Yikes!
  25. Jane Smith from Canada writes: Re: creepy photo

    Agreed. I've known Ben for several years. He is always smiling and he's a really nice guy. This photo makes him look like he's going to kill someone if they let him out into the world.
  26. Dennis sinneD from Calgary, Canada writes:

    I think, often, friends and family have been dealing with the patients disorder for a very long time. When they finally do get some inside treatment, it becomes a respite for those still on the outside.
  27. Zoe Morrow from Canada writes: Mr. Robinson looks creepy? I think that's a tad judgemental. I have seen guys who look like him who are NOT mental patients (as of yet?!) Some are at university studying engineering and law and by all accounts have friends and do well.

    Mr. Robinson maybe just looks a bit nerdy. I don't think that has necessary anything to do with his mental illness. What do you think?
  28. christina halasz from Grimsby, Canada writes: Let's face it. We treat the brain like it's separate from the body. But it's a big part OF the body, only wrapped in so much ignorant stigma and sickness-culture. We engage in dietary and behavioral modification behaviors which are not optimum, even for the average, and then we unburden our guilt onto those who are too sensitive to handle the abuse; often gifted people of exceptional ability who are simply unable to handle the 'school system', or the 'youth culture' thrust on them by those who ling to conformity at all costs because they, themselves are mentally ill.

    Stupid, stiff-necked, pedants began labeling the brains of the sensitive with these lies that are quite often the direct result of CHEMICAL reactions to NEGATIVE environmental stimuli and dietary feedback!

    Tell the medical community to put down their Ritalin and start to make Celiac tests mandatory for all children. Then come and talk to us about psychiatric treatment and mental health diagnosis. Diagnosing victims of emotional and psychological abuse, and victims of negligent medical care with mental illness is DIRTY and it WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
  29. kevin sullivan from toronto, writes: Drugs and therapy help, but the necessary condition for a 'cure' is the exchange of love and a sense of community. For this reason the loneliness of a psych ward is devastating.
    Fifty years ago society scorned alcoholics, even the blind, as somehow causing their pathologies. Some societies continue to kill the lame infant.
    We must remove the stigma of psychiatric disorders and welcome those afflicted back into the human family. Volunteer visits to these institutions is a great start; opening our hearts is better.
  30. christina halasz from Grimsby, Canada writes: Mr.Sullivan, While I appreciate the sentiment, these infants we kill are often far from lame, but often exceptional. We have been trained to mediate all types of thinking into a conformity of unnatural means. We kill genius with this same stroke of the brush, and for what? To make the insecure and simple-minded feel stronger!
  31. A Happier Place from Canada writes: Wow - I had no idea. None of my friends has been in a mental hospital, but I will certainly be sensitive to this if it does happen and try to visit lots. It also makes me want to donate Christmas presents to mental hospitals.
  32. Robin Smythe from TO, Canada writes: I had a very close friend who at around age 17 started suffering severe depression and bipolar disorder. She was in and out of hospitals, and at first I visited her... but after a while, I just kind of gave up and disappeared from her life. I still feel guilty for that, because I know how much it meant for her to have her friends stay by her. But after several years it just became so emotionally draining that I couldn't deal with it anymore, I had my own problems and as much as I cared about her, her problems had taken over her entire life and personality, and being close to her was bringing down the mood of my life as well.

    In any case, my point is that it isn't always stigma that stops people from visiting mental health patients. Sometimes being close to someone with these sorts of problems can take up SO much of your emotional resources that you need to let them go for your own mental health. Spending time with someone who's mentally ill is significantly more difficult than spending time with someone with a physical problem, because the very essence of your connection with them, the brain and emotions, is affected.
  33. Mike Witcher from Montreal, Canada writes: With the right combination of drugs, patients would imagine
    friends visiting all the time. Problem solved.
  34. Elina Van Dijn from Canada writes: Someone very dear to me was diagnosed with schizophrenia five years ago. It has been excruciatingly difficult. I love this person. I was a much different person five years ago. Today, I am more compassionate and empathetic. It could happen to anyone. The experience has transformed me. So good has come from it, but I hope that the only lessons anyone will ever need to learn on the way to enlightenment are from articles like these.
  35. kevin sullivan from toronto, writes: You're very honest, Robin, and I think you describe the situation most of us find ourselves in. As much as we want to offer support we must also leave time and energy enough for our own lives. Also, many psychiatric and addicted patients are more demanding than phyisically ill patients, with an insatiable need for sympathy and self-affirmation.
    But interaction is an essential condition of any 'cure'. We form a sense of ourselves from the feedback we receive from society. Without it we dissolve. The slow alienation from others and eventual aloneness of these folks, that is an initial effect of their illness, in fact makes the illness worse.
    Love is an act of will as much as anything else - to love is a transitive verb. It's energies on the front line translate into strategies such as caring circles, communication by phone and internet, donations of games and books, and so much more. Simply watching television in their common rooms can help. You can't do it alone. But all our contributions form a whole greater than it's parts.
  36. Kia Raju from T.O, Canada writes: Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. -Mother Teresa.

    Robin goes to a place to get help and the loneliness in the place is increasing his situation. We live in a go-go crackberry society and with all the virtual social networking sites from Facebook to Myspace, we do not know who our neighbors are.

    We have 'dog walkers' who volunteer their time but we not have volunteers who can help those suffering immensely internally.

    I bet old age nursing homes have the similar number of visits. Its' just no one talks bout it!
  37. P M from Toronto, Canada writes: In 2005, I was raped, tortured, beaten and nearly killed by two men. I was overcome with depression, anxiety, trauma and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress order. Inconsolable at the time, I sought help at CAMH in their Women's Inpatient Unit. Subsequently, I've had four visits into the unit and I can confirm that visitor's were a rarity in the unit, particularly friends and children. Spouses were the most common visitors and rarely stayed long. I know my visitors, the few that came, felt uncomfortable and always stayed for a short visit.

    It is extremely lonely in the ward and there is not much interaction amongst the patients, so feelings of isolation are common. People in these units are not 'crazy' and 'unaware' of what's going on. We know we're in an undesirable place that carries a lot of stigma. A little compassion and empathy goes a long way.
  38. christina halasz from Grimsby, Canada writes: That is probably the saddest thing I ever heard. If anything, being around your loved ones would be healing, provided you were close to them. I cannot tell you how it saddens me to hear this is how we treat victims of alienating crimes.
  39. Simon Rasmussen from Victoria, Canada writes: Thank you to the editors for this feature on mental health. This article in particular is very reflective of a short two-day voluntary stay I spent in a psychiatric ward. I had two visitors - my dad, who came to take me for a walk and try to cheer me up (he didn't understand, but his heart was in the right place) and my mom, who came to tell me not to speak to anyone about the massive grow-op she and her partner were running in their basement. The rest of the time was a lot of hall-pacing, and fortunately, being Christmas, a few patients did have visitors, but hardly any.

    I sincerely hope Michael Kirby's efforts to create a mental health charity on par with the CDN Cancer Society is a success. We owe it to ourselves not to overlook or trivialize genuine mental illnesses. They are as real as cancer or diabetes, and their toll can be just as great.
  40. Roger Baggs from St. John's, Canada writes: I remember the days that I spent on psychiatric wards and in particular our provincial mental health hospital here in Newfoundland and Labrador. One of the things I recall the most is 'visiting hours'. How anxious I was to see people; friends and family. Unfortunately I do recall memories of people who had no one to visit them. Night after night, they watched the door hoping to have visitors. I also saw people getting taken advantage of in many ways, and the staff were none the wiser because people were so desperate to have someone visit, someone who cared. I recall being hospitalized for mania, and my friends and parents would bring me cigarettes, and probably a pepsi and a chocolate bar of some kind. People were so desperate for a visitor that they would flock to my table and gather around, for some outside company. Anyone who came in the door to visit was not only visiting one person, they were visiting the whole ward. Some patients told me at the time that I should be grateful for the company. But more than anything, I think they were trying to make me realise what it was like for them, going night after night and day after day without a visitor. Being manic and very selfish, I was often more concerned about the cigarettes but I can remember that the time between 530 supper and 7 o'clock was very long. And I remember people wishing and hoping that someone would be visiting, and no one came. I think when I was on a psychiatric ward, I went one day without a visitor. Between the years of 1987 and 1991, I spent almost 1 year of my life living on psychiatric wards. And I went only one day without a visitor. When I think about this now, it makes me so sad. Because I remember how sad I was that one day without a friend or a family member to visit. I cannot imagine how difficult and devestating it would be to be in hospital for 2 or 3 weeks or month, and have no one visit. Please visit someone you care about or love. It is so important.
  41. K B from ottawa, Canada writes: Psych wards are not lonely! Theres Betty the 80 year old white supremesist, Flora the black church lady, John violin savant, Bill the praying mantis, Juan the elvis impersonator, Jerry the veterinarian, Mike the beer enthusiast, nurse Tracy the stinky stabber, doctor van walgen the heart attack faker, the invisible cat, and all those open windows. Also, you can always talk to the orderlies who fake being asleep and the maids who pick up your panties in the hallway. The police officers will visit often, throw someone through the doors and taser the back of their necks until they pee all over the floor, a young lawyer may walk through every now and then and pepper spray a few people and interrogate the staff about a patient. You will also undoubtedly wake up with a person hiding under your bed and a scary skinny wrinkled woman may try to sit on your stomache, retarded people may try sticking their food in your ears, chinese women with pillow tucked under their tops will ask you for money for their babies, a skinny tall doctor will always be striding through and throwing cutlery on the floor. You can also watch pornography and horror movies and make prank phone calls to your lawyer and the police. Spitting on the orderlies is a very pleasant experience and hanging on the curtains and window ledges is fun too. If you visit your relativ please bring some mosquito netting.
  42. D. Anderson from Mississauga, Canada writes: The situation is not made any better when stuff at these institutions are burned out. Having spent time on a couple of different wards, the staff can make or break the situation, making an extremely unpleasant experience at least tolerable.

    Part of the answer is more money, as psychiatric units appear to be the "poor step child" in most
    hospitals.

    Families, which are a key to recovery, also need more support than appears to available in current system. On a number of occasions I had family members attempt to visit, only to be turned away during the day. I only found out about the failed visits after discharge. I wonder how often that happens with other illnesses?

    Until psychiatry and its related illnesses are treated like all the other specialties in a hospital, and the community at large, people will continue to suffer needless stigmatization and all the joys that accompany it.
  43. Betty L from TORONTO, Canada writes: what an INSANE COMMENT. LONELY? THEY ARE VIOLENT, ABUSIVE, DARK, DRUGGED, TIED DOWN PLACES WHERE STAFF LOCK DOORS AND RUN OFF. WHERE PATIENTS GAIN A MOMENT OF CONSIOUSNESS FROM THE SEDATION TRY TO FIND A WINDOW TO ESCAPE OUT OF AND GO HOME TO THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND LIFE. WHERE WOMEN FEAR BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY MALE PATIENTS AND WHERE ELDERLY PEOPLE FEAR BEING TRAPPED INTO A NURSING HOME AFTER 40 YEARS OF WORK. WHERE RETARDED FOREIGN SPEAKING ORDERLIES FINGER PEOPLE AND BABBLE COMPLAINTS TO PHONES AND NURSES SMELLING LIKE DIAPERS SQUEAK INTO PATIENTS ROOMS TO QUICKLY LOOK OVER A PATIENT AND CALL OVER AN ORDERLY TO BREAK ARMS AND PULL HAIR OUT OF SCALPS. i used to think that these places were for the elderly or injured or ill but they are merely an extension of the prisons and they are disgusting. no matter how hard you try to be a good servant in this industry there will always be a health professional who thinks their arrogant, authoritative, abusive behaviour, values and professionalism is something to be followed by health care providers in the mental health industry. the only reason that the college of physicians had taken psychiatry under its control is because the profession has always been filled by the most undesirable professionals in the industry and patients are the most likely to be abused. Psychiatry is more like plastic surgery than medicine. Family doctors have always been the primary care physicians and have always been very respected by their patients. Its a lonely place in a psyche ward because they probably cant recongnize staff from patients. Patients should be more observant while in a place like that and they would soon see that most of the people there are actually employees. And, more deluded and anti social than they are.

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