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What it’s like to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." -- Nido Qubein The term "psychiatric hospital" conjures up images of that age old insane asylum, a long ago place where people were locked away in damp, dirty cells and forgotten by society.  Each of these asylums was overcrowded with thousands of… Continue reading What it’s like to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital

Hospitalization & mental health providers · Opinion articles · Uncategorized

If someone offers you 5 million dollars… save mental health

Someone once offered me five million dollars to pursue an idea. The problem Let me start in the beginning.  If you've ever worked or been a patient in a psychiatric hospital, you know about the problem:  there's no middle ground between the tight routine & support of being hospitalized and the toss-you-out-into-the-world discharge plan that… Continue reading If someone offers you 5 million dollars… save mental health

Imagery · Self-help Blogs · Uncategorized

Imagery: the man who reads, part 2

(Go to part 1) The Now (continued)  It's taken the Reader hours of obsessive reading to reach the Now.  By this time he's picked up on the soap opera, roller-coaster aspects of your life.  He's hooked.  You're his favorite character in the book, and he desperately wants to see how your story turns out. What… Continue reading Imagery: the man who reads, part 2

Dementia and Neurological Problems · Education blogs · Uncategorized

Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Perhaps you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and you're not sure what that means.  Here's information about the different stages of the illness. Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia.  In basic terms, it affects thinking, memory, and function. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s change over time, although the pace of the… Continue reading Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Uncategorized · Self-help Blogs · Coping skills & self-soothing

Perspective: seven ways to change your future

"If you don't like your perspective, change it." What's reality, and if there is a reality, why does each person see it so differently? For example, one man sees his dog sitting on an old couch and thinks "Oh, wow, I need to buy a new couch, and that dog needs walking.  I don't have… Continue reading Perspective: seven ways to change your future

Factitious and malingering · Uncategorized

Factitious disorder: faking sickness

Dear Doc Column 2-16-18  "Dear Doc, I'm a nursing student with a problem.  This might sound strange, but I find myself faking sickness to get medical treatment, for no reason at all except I like being a patient.  What's wrong with me?" It sounds like you've got yourself into a tough situation, but congratulations on… Continue reading Factitious disorder: faking sickness

Coping skills & self-soothing · Psychosis/Schizophrenia · Self-help Blogs · Uncategorized

Psychosis: dealing with the voices

Many people hear things that others can’t hear.  These are called hallucinations, but for the person hearing them, they're real. Sometimes the voices can be terrifying.  They're belittling and constant and overwhelming.  They can be so loud it's hard to ignore them.  Occasionally they even tell the person to do dangerous things. Voices aren't always… Continue reading Psychosis: dealing with the voices

Education blogs · Medications · Self-help Blogs · Uncategorized

Hints for surviving psych meds

Taking medications can be the pits.  Will they work?  Do the side effects render people bed-ridden?  Are the pills horse pills, too big to swallow?  Do I turn into a pumpkin when I forget to take my meds?  Understanding that few people like taking pills, here are some hints about keeping up with your medications.… Continue reading Hints for surviving psych meds

Mood and anxiety · Self-help Blogs · Uncategorized

Nine tips for living with bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder isn't for the faint-of-heart.  The depressions are catastrophic.  They're black, painful clouds of existence that hardly count as living.  The manias bury you with baggage and regret.  And the in-betweens, when you're trying to remember how to be "normal" and make sense out the fact that none of this is normal...  No, not… Continue reading Nine tips for living with bipolar disorder