*opens door at night & floods room with light every few minutes* You should try to sleep more!
"Brain on Fire" is a film based on Susannah Cahalan's memoir "Brain on Fire." *SPOILERS* This movie is worth watching. Please watch it or read the book before reading this post! Issues the movie highlights: Patient issues not being taken seriously: For a significant portion of the movie, the doctors simply thought [...]
"Do you think it is okay to treat patients like criminals?" The policeman seated at the hospital's cafeteria table was probably caught a little off guard by this accusatory question and the harshness of my tone. This was following my first hospitalization for mania. I was still riding that agitated manic high, frantically [...]
Dancing and creating choreography for a bipolar-inspired dance. Being silly with new friends. 😉 Watching movies... and even the Superbowl... #Panthers ha Trying to get people to participate in recreational therapy i.e. DANCE WITH ME! Teaching myself how to play "House of the Rising Sun" on the keyboard. Talking to [...]
Hospital showers can be freezing. FREEZING. Nurses may flood your room with light every 15 minutes... as you attempt to sleep... then act frustrated/confused the next morning over your lack of sleep... sigh... Sometimes, you want a BREAK from people. Just a little break... but you are CONFINED TO THE PSYCHIATRIC FLOOR. [...]
While at Duke Health, half of the psychiatric floor was closed off. Why? For ONE PERSON. Yes. Welcome to solitary confinement. Now, yes, I'll admit: this person was a bit 'off'. He was offensive, loud, rude... interesting, unique, intriguing... Naturally, others fixated on the negatives. Complaints from others may have been the reason [...]