Monthly Archives: January 2014

Splashes of Beauty

Mental illness has a universal human component to it in that it takes specific parts of the human experience and magnifies it and distorts it until life is out of balance. Who hasn’t suffered grief, loss, fear, trauma, sadness, elation, … Continue reading

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The Unit: Adult Ward 4

I spent the remainder of my psychiatric hospital stay, after the initial hours in the triage ward (a.k.a. Suicidal Warehouse, in my head), in an adult unit with the inspirational name Adult Ward 4. I would come to learn, in … Continue reading

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The Unit: Heaviness Reprieve: Reading Material

Time is something you never run out of during a stay at a psychiatric hospital. The staff will give you cards or dominoes if you ask for them (which usually precedes a frustrating half hour trying to explain the rules … Continue reading

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The Unit: Waiting Out Suicide Watch

I sat in my partially reclining chair (which gave me some lingering back pain as a souvenir) under my scratchy bleached blanket through the night while time inched along at a snail’s pace. In the rare moments of quiet that … Continue reading

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The Unit: Checking In To 24 Hour Suicide Watch

The ambulance pulled around to the back entrance to the psych hospital, and my panic level was off the charts. My pulse was fast and I could see it shaking my eyeballs. My BP was so high that I may … Continue reading

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Tearful, Breathless Road to The Unit

I had the unique experience of spending this week in an inpatient psychiatric hospital after a major depression/anxiety episode. Most people with whom I share this feel similar to how you might be feeling now: uncomfortable, a little scared, morbidly … Continue reading

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Your Night Shift is Showing

I am not a normal person, but I am often mistaken for one. That either means that I am an excellent actor, or that I generally come across as a fairly intelligent member of society who has her shit together.. … Continue reading

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Walking Away from The Well (Wasn’t That a Garth Brooks Song?)

There is a bottomless well of excuses for not writing that I have been drawing from lately. Ok, ok, it’s been six months since I’ve written anything and I’m working through my 25th bucket of Excuses from the Well. Some … Continue reading

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