Anita D – ‘And the Psych Ward Says’

“You won’t be receiving any actual therapy sessions while you’re here, but we will recommend them as treatment for after we let you out.”

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And the psych ward says

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there is no need to worry

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this asylum was built to help you

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and just like the straps

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on the stretcher that you rolled in on, we are going to keep you safe and secured.

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Notice the locked doors and all the cameras

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perched in the corners like hawks. We will be watching.

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But this is all for you and your well-being.

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You are sick, anxious, depressed,

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a danger to yourself. The state told us to hold you

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for 72 hours but if you sign this paper,

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we can pretend your stay here this weekend is voluntary.

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Friday morning, you will be woken up by strangers

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in white coats and clipboards.

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You will be asked again and again and again

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about why and how you want to kill yourself. Be honest.

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Remember, you are only here for three days,

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so take advantage of the five to ten minutes you have

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with the doctors, but understand, he has a list

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of patients as long as his pay stubs, so you won’t be receiving any actual therapy

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sessions while you’re here, but we will recommend them as treatment

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for after we let you out. Until then, we want you to be comfortable,

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so sit back, enjoy the plastic furniture

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and coloring books. We have old radios with no antennae

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but the static is still loud enough to drown out the sound

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of the woman screaming in 2B. That’s just Cindy. She just

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does that sometimes. Well, she didn’t always but she

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does now and until we can find the right medication we are going to keep

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to keep helping her, just like we want to keep helping you if only

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you’d let us. It’s Friday morning

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and you haven’t even tried the meds yet. You’re still lying to us about holding the knife

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to your arm like your parents haven’t told us everything. Just be honest

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and let us help you. Did I mention

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that the state only recognizes the existence of psychiatric patients

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Monday through Friday, meaning the past

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the past forty eight hours you’ve spent here didn’t even count, meaning,

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we still have time for a break-through or a breakdown?

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This is a good thing. This means we still have time to help

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you and I can see that you’re getting upset but do not

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walk away from me with tears streaming and knuckles buried in palms.

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That type of body language is aggressive and we might have to

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do something about that. A sedative, maybe, Diazepam,

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perhaps? I don’t think being alone is best for you right now.

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Maybe, you should spend time with the other patients. Get to know how

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they got here. Listen to them when they tell you you got lucky getting

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placed in this psych ward. We are one of the good ones

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and we want you to stay here. We figure , if we keep you long enough

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maybe you’ll eventually start to fit in or maybe if we keep you

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locked up you will eventually start to act out and we will be right here,

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waiting to prescribe you something to label you with a

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diagnosis. We didn’t cause your social anxiety.

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We only heightened what was already there.

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We just want to see you reach your full potential as a patient.

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We told you, this asylum

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to help you.

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