If you have ever been hospitalized for a psychiatric reason, you know that it is not like you are in the hospital for a medical reason. You don’t lay in a nice bed where you can adjust your legs and head, you don’t have your own television that you can control, you don’t have call button to call the nurse, you don’t have your own phone to call someone or receive calls from.
You have a bed with a cushion that if you are lucky has a cushion on it, a blanket and a pillow. You are given a dresser in your room and a shower that you have to share with someone else who most likely has a psychiatric problem worse than you.
You have to share the phone with everyone else on the unit, with no privacy at all, you don’t have a way to talk to the nurse unless you get up and talk to her. Even if you have documented health issues that are being treated for in the hospital, you are forced to get to the nurse’s station on your own. Even then, you are forced to share your problems with no privacy.
Often, no attention is given to you from any staff because they would rather play with their phones or are made to take notes about who eats what when and who does what when. However, these same people don’t even realize when a recently diagnosed manic female enters a male room’s room even after another patient has told them it had happened in the past.
Many things that are done to protect the patients because many of them are in there because they are a threat to themselves or others. Certain rules and restrictions have to be made. However, the mistreatment by many staff members is so not right.
If you were to look at the Patient’s Bill of Right’s, you would see that almost all of them are being broken simply because someone is in a psychiatric facility. We are also viewed as less than humans who won’t complain and should not be taken seriously.
I recently wrote a blog about there being a problem of placing people with mental health issues due to availability of beds. If this is all you have to do is for the staff to not do their jobs, give patients one uncomfortable bed, have one phone on the unit and one television, then what is the problem?
This just strengthens my point about something needs to be done and money is not being spent wisely. It also says that those with mental illnesses are treated as people who are not viewed as productive people of the society who were born with a chemical imbalance in their brain.