The Difference Between Mental and Physical Health Care

There is a huge difference between how you are treated and handled by the two different arms of the medical health profession – one arm being the doctors and nurses you may be familiar with, those dealing with ‘medical’ (eg. physical) health care . . .

and then there is that darker arm, that more hidden arm – the one of the Mental Health Care profession (and system it has installed).

Notice already we have broken ‘you’, the living person, into two separate things: your body (and what’s going on with it) – and your mind.

I’m not saying all these guys and gals are ‘Dark Lords” or something – but they behave like lords.  Their ‘opinion’ is Bible verse and truth – no matter how bizarre or lame it might sound . . .

and the Mental Health profession – they can do things to you that even the CIA can’t.

For one thing, ‘they’ can have you snatched out of your home – without warning, without telling anyone – without any official police records being found – and under false pretenses as well.  I should know – that’s exactly what’s been done.  They don’t have to tell your wife anything, they don’t have to tell your family members.  For all they know, one moment you were sitting down watching some TV – and the next moment you’re gone.  No phone calls or way of doing anything . . . they don’t even get to sit and watch you disappear . . .

My wife tried calling ‘them’ – and they refused to give her any answers.  At one hospital the nurse told her she didn’t WANT any contact information – and when my wife asked ‘well, what if he has a heart attack and dies or something?  I would want to know!” – the lady told her “that’s not our problem.”  She wasn’t informed when they transferred us from one hospital to another – or from one area to another – and whenever she asked how we were doing, she was basically told to ‘shut up’ and that I would tell her . . . like I had access to a phone constantly or something . . .

Here’s a good Example:

Medical (Physical) vs. Mental Health Care Systems

(though in theory they are both supposed to be the same)

You go on a trip.  While there, you get wounded, assaulted and abused.  You’ve lost thirty pounds.

You come home.  You go to your doctor.  He asks what happened.  You tell him

Now depending on your stor: “I was mugged and held for ransom . . .”  vs “I was accidentally abducted by a guy who worked for the CIA and may be a cult member (MKULTRA?) who abused, assaulted, and starved me and has threatened the lives of my family ….” here’s how “They” are going to react (based upon my own personal self-observation).

 

Medical (Physical) Health System

Mental Health System

Injuries are evaluated You are led into a secluded room or (in my case) hallway outside the business
You are hospitalized Cops are called
Your wife / spouse / family are called You are taken to the Mental Health Ward
You are treated (usually) with sympathy and compassion. You will be given pain medication if needed.  If you decide you are okay, you can refuse treatment and leave.  If you are on meds and babble, people will laugh and joke about it later . . . so will you.  It is understood if you are a little bit grumpy – you are in pain and on medications . . . You are told to shut up, sit down. If you complain, you are “being hostile”.  If you ask to leave you are “refusing treatment”.  Refusing treatment is not allowed, and is viewed as “resisting”, indicating “anger issues” and perhaps “paranoia” if you state that you do not want or need the treatment.  If you are TOO QUIET … you may be going catatonic.  Every word out of your mouth will be taken literally and used against you
If your family calls, they are given your room number, visiting hours, and when they show up they can request help in finding your room. If a family member shows up, they will be turned away.
If a family member asks “how is he/she doing?” they will be told. They will not be told where you are, nor what your status is.
If you need to make a phone call – well, there’s usually one right there in the room. There is one phone often ‘shared’ by twenty or more people, and perhaps the staff as well. Staff calls take priority over ‘personal calls’ (meaning any call you might need to make). You may not get to use the phone at all – you may be in confinement, or being transported somewhere
If they move you, your family will be told where you are at The family members will not be told you are being moved, nor where you were moved TO. YOU will not be told you are being transferred, either, until the last moment – and even then, they don’t have to tell you where they are taking you. They just have the cops take you there.
If you need transferred, you will be in the back of an ambulance or car, and treated like a person You will be in the back of an unventilated patrol car in chains and shackles. You are not allowed to talk to anyone. If you do, they will turn the radio up so loud that they can drown you out.
You will be fed and your physical symptoms treated. You will go hungry while the system ‘waits to catch up with you” (approximately 12 to 24 hours) and your physical symptoms may be noted, but treatment may be days away. (We had to wait three days for an abscessed tooth to be ‘looked at’.)
You will not be released until your family can pick you up or you have arranged transportation home. If you are lucky, they will give you a bus ticket to the city where you were picked up. If not, they just shove you out the door and from there you are on your own. But in some cases (observed), the person was to report to a shelter, get mental health care (impossible if you are homeless), a job, and take care of themselves….
You get well You are left adrift, with nothing treated and nothing done . . . except damage to your profession and/or reputation (see that “Social Stigma Associated with Mental Illness” thing) . . . a collapsing of your relationships, loss of friends, income … more bills, trouble with family; a medical profession that won’t leave you alone . . .
You are cured And welcome to the screwed up wacky world of the American Health Care System: Mental

And there’s a lot more to this than just that: the entire ‘system’ is whacked.  You are not treated as a PATIENT by the mental health system nor those who serve them – you are treated as a PRISONER – right down to the chains and shackles when you get ‘transferred’ to the cop cars they use to move you in . . . the locked doors on the wards where you are warned to ‘stay away’ – usually it’s written down if you venture too close to them (“Tried to escape”) – never MIND they never told you what those doors led to – or just WALKING (‘agitated’) to relieve back pain – and to tell them I needed to get back home because the guy who threatened to kill my family was due back mid-July (“Paranoid – bought guns to protect family – delusional”) . . . gee, I think it would have been even MORE delusional to NOT buy some guns, seeing as this guy’s a former Army Officer with Liasons to the CIA and all that kinda stuff . . .

Go figure.  It’s insane . . .

and it certainly ain’t right.

Like a friend of mine said:
“Perhaps your wife is crying over her loss of innocence . . . people in America just don’t wanna believe this can happen . . . that they can just show up at your door and take you away . . . and you’re never heard from anymore.”

Sad.
ain’t it.

Our American Medical system – especially the Mental Health System . . . Dark Lords . . . run by some ‘underground’ . . . yeah, it would certainly seem so, looking at it from the outside looking in . . . and from the inside . . . not so bad.

Just crazy as hell.  That’s all it is.
But then again, I think that’s all any of this is nowadays.
Don’t you?

Until later,

My Jeff & Friends ..

You Get Wounded.

You get wounded, assaulted, and abused.

You go to your doctor.

He asks what happened.

You tell him

 

Now depending on your story (I was in an car accident) vs “I was accidentally abducted by a guy who worked for the CIA and may be a cult member (MKULTRA?) who abused, assaulted, and starved me until I escaped ….”

 

Medical (Physical) Health System Mental Health System
Injuries are evaluated You are led into a secluded room or (in my case) hallway outside the business
You are hospitalized Cops are called
Your wife / spouse / family are called You are taken to the Mental Health Ward
You are treated (usually) with sympathy and compassion. You will be given pain medication if needed. You are told to shut up, sit down. Complaints will be ignored.
If your family calls, they are given your room number, visiting hours, and when they show up they can request help in finding your room. If a family member shows up, they will be turned away.
If a family member asks “how is he/she doing?” they will be told. They will not be told where you are, nor what your status is.
If you need to make a phone call – well, there’s usually one right there in the room. There is one phone often ‘shared’ by twenty or more people, and perhaps the staff as well. Staff calls take priority over ‘personal calls’ (meaning any call you might need to make). You may not get to use the phone at all – you may be in confinement, or being transported somewhere
If they move you, your family will be told where you are at The family members will not be told you are being moved, nor where you were moved TO. YOU will not be told you are being transferred, either, until the last moment – and even then, they don’t have to tell you where they are taking you. They just have the cops take you there.
If you need transferred, you will be in the back of an ambulance or car, and treated like a person You will be in the back of an unventilated patrol car in chains and shackles. You are not allowed to talk to anyone. If you do, they will turn the radio up so loud that they can drown you out.
You will be fed and your physical symptoms treated. You will go hungry while the system ‘waits to catch up with you” (approximately 12 to 24 hours) and your physical symptoms may be noted, but treatment may be days away. (We had to wait three days for an abscessed tooth to be ‘looked at’.)
You will not be released until your family can pick you up or you have arranged transportation home. If you are lucky, they will give you a bus ticket to the city where you were picked up. If not, they just shove you out the door and from there you are on your own. But in some cases (observed), the person was to report to a shelter, get mental health care (impossible if you are homeless), a job, and take care of themselves….
You get well You are left adrift, with nothing treated and nothing done . . . except damage to your profession and/or reputation (see that “Social Stigma Associated with Mental Illness” thing) . . . a collapsing of your relationships, loss of friends, income … more bills, trouble with family; a medical profession that won’t leave you alone . . .
You are cured And welcome to the screwed up wacky world of the American Health Care System: Mental

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About jeffssong

JW is an adult childhood abuse survivor with DID*. He grew up in a violent family devoid of love and affection. He is a military brat and veteran. He no longer struggles with that past. In 1976 JW began writing "The Boy". It took 34 years to complete. It is currently on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T3IVKK ), or if you prefer hard copy, on Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Boy-J-W/dp/1461022681). JW resides somewhere in the deep South. He is disabled and living with family. Note: Please feel free to take what you need; all is free to all. With that in mind, keep it that way to others. Thank you. We have 3 Blogs - One for our younger days, 0-10 (The Little Shop of Horrors); one for our Teen Alter and his 'friends' (also alters) with a lot of poetry; and finally "my" own, the Song of Life (current events and things)
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