What we found while being involuntarily incarcerated at a mental hospital (for no good – nor legal reason, by the way!) – sucked.
It also shows why the ‘system’ is not only broken, but liable to abuse – both by the shrinks that ‘guard’ it, and society at large.
You can be thrown into a mental institution upon a whim – either that of your doctor (physical or otherwise), family, and/or friends.
All they have to do is say that you may (or may not!) present a danger to yourselves or others. That you have ‘changed’ in some way. It doesn’t matter if that change is for the good or bad. (In our case, we changed from being somewhat depressed sometimes to plainly and purely happy. That, in and of itself, was apparently enough reason to have us locked up.)
And what we found while IN the mental hospitals was that it had gone far enough.
While in a loonybin, if you are happy – then you are manic.
If you are ‘sad’ – then you are depressed. (And who wouldn’t be a bit depressed at being involentarily incarcerated??)
If you don’t show any emotion – then you are ‘dissociating’ and must be heading into some sort of ‘catatonic state’.
IF, while relating some of your experience (of having been abused – or anything) – you respond with something approaching “fervor” or “feeling” or some kind of emotion . . . then you are becoming “anxious” and “upset” – and apparently need to be put on some more (or some other) kind of drugs.
However, if you do NOT respond with some kind of emotion while relating your stories of abuse . . .
then you are being ‘abnormal’, ‘hiding’, and ‘avoiding’ some kind of issue.
In short, then, you are not allowed to be a HUMAN BEING while being incarcerated in some kind of mental hospital . . .
but on the other hand . . .
if you EXPRESS those traits which make you a human being . . .
you need ‘help’ – and there are those who are more than willing to give it . . .
by drugging you and putting you down . . .
getting mad at you and angry at you when you are getting hurt . . .
and condemning you for being what and who you are . . .
a normal human being.
This system has got to change. It is ripe and open to abuse. We know. We’ve been there. And in coming back we’ve realized:
Anyone can ‘make them’ (meaning the ‘system’) do anything . . .
Just say the magic words ….
“He tried to threaten me.”
“She wanted to off herself.”
“I don’t feel comfortable around him or her . . . they’ve changed.”
And away you go.
The cops will help you; the ‘system’ will help you . . .
and perhaps, if you are really unlucky (like I was) . . .
the shrinks will say “Hey, there’s really nothing WRONG with you . . . but you make SUCH an interesting study!!!!”
And THAT, my friends, is something I really think is wrong: that they can “hold” you just because they find something curious . . .
studying you like a bug
without adequate reason for doing so.
I know. I did. And they did. And they wouldn’t let me go. For eleven days this went on . . . without a single reason for me being there . . .
and yet they held me anyway (against my family’s wishes, and against my own – and despite their own admissions that there was really nothing ‘wrong with me’.)
That’s eleven days out of my life that I’m never gonna get back again.
I’m wanting someone to sue. And I got a lot of them.
Anyone out there know a good lawyer friend??
We got a ‘good one’ (meaning a case right here) . . .
and we’re tired of sitting down.