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Truth Be Told, PLEASE


My book, “Inside the Insane,” caused a scene in Los Angeles County when it first came out.  I was immediately escorted out of my job at the hospital and served papers which said I was under investigation for publishing my book and conducting myself in “inappropriate behavior.”  For what?

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  • September 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

    So appreciate this topic. I, too, am angry and am trying to figure out the best way to direct my anger.

    My husband was recently an inpatient at the psych ward of a world renown teaching hospital that just built the most beautiful cancer center equipped witha zen garden and meditation room. The psych ward, though, is in the bowels of the oldest building, where the sun never shines, and hasn’t been updated in decades (it feels like the inside of an old Navy ship). The therapeutic activities were almost nil, and the resources available to families were in a similar state.

    Now, as my husband receives ect treatments at the same hospital, I discuss the lack of resources with his doctors. When they express “cancer center envy” to hospital administration, they are told there is no money in mental health — that their department doesn’t make enough money to justify a new clinic ir location. And this is only because of the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness. People aren’t yet able to walk boldly through the big glass doors of a shiny new psychiatric wing that is drawing aloy of attention. Hospitals don’t spend advertising dollars to implore us to visit their psych wards as they do their modern birthing centers, comprehensive cancer centers, and cardiac specialty units. Instead, mental illness is treated by the administration as the ugly step child. There is no rel mental health parity and outdated facilities only reinforce the stigma and shame. If hospitals don’t deem mental health worthy of investment, how can patients feel worthy? It’s not fair to them, their families, the doctors that are trying to keep people alive, or the community.

    I look forward to reading your book!

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