Anyone who imagines King County Hospital is a horrible exception to the rule has never been hospitalized or doesn’t follow the news. These stories crop up all over the place. Cherry Hospital in North Carolina most recently. Also in the last 2 years Georgia’s obscene unecessary death rate in psych wards has made headlines.
Psychiatric hospitals are more often then not places where people are further traumatized rather than healed. Every hospitalization in my life has been horribly traumatic. So much so that I suffer PTSD from the experiences. I would rather die than go to the hospital. Truly. I mean that. Because it’s a soul killing experience and I’d rather be actually dead than alive without a soul. And it took me years to get my soul back.
Kings County Hospital Center was founded 175 years ago, but it didn’t become truly infamous until last year when that horrible video surfaced, depicting a woman being left for dead on the floor of the ER waiting room for nearly an hour. Now, after a year-long probe, the Justice Department has documented an appalling pattern of sexual and violent assaults at the psychiatric unit. Read no further if you think One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is hard to stomach.
The damning 58 page report [PDF] concludes that the unit is basically being run like a prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Loretta King and Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell describe “highly dangerous conditions” which “require immediate attention.” (please read the rest)
We need more homes like Soteria that are actually therapeutic.