"Abuse and Mental Health Care"
Abuse hurts! It can cause not only physical but worse psychological damage to someone who already suffers from a psychiatric illness. When it comes from mental health workers at places where patients are required to be inpatient we should be all the more appauled.
My name is Benjamin Brokaw and for eleven years now I’ve suffered terribly from mental illness. Whats worse is I’ve been abused because of it by those in positions that should be helping people with these types of problems. My hope in telling you my story is that it will raise awareness of the abuse, both physical and verbal, that occurs at many psychiatric hospitals
I wish I could be inspirational however, I have been trying to find my mother-in-laws, sister but, because she was homeless in Miami, apparently she’s not worthy of being entered into the FCIC/NCIC system for a report. I have proof of the date she was last seen, checked ME office, shelters, hospitals and Psych wards. She is still a person homeless or not! Anyone out there know what we can do?
I have a family member I’m very close to who went through the death of his father, it went down hill after that. He had his first episode and from then on it’s been a joke, they said he had something and something else, mind you she did it in ten whole minutes. Is that a record or what??? I’m pissed off because people are not getting good help, I think he’s bipolar and depressed but what do I know, I’m only around him almost everyday. I feel like they send you home with a bunch of meds and hope to never see you again. Take time and care and just maybe people will stop taking their life’s or hurting others. If I feel this hopeless, I can’t imagine what he’s feeling.
I am just wondering how many U.S. Veterans feel their mental health needs have been wrongly diagnosed or simply ignored and whether they were discriminated against for raising concerns. I served 11 1/2 years on active duty with no preexisting medical conditions prior to military service. Now, it is my 21st 1/2 year and counting for me for my depression, anxiety, insomnia identified at the time of my discharge to be addressed by DVA-MH. Today, was my last appointment with them … as they actually aggravate my long neglected conditions. Thank you.
Another year almost gone by and I am still in this made of world by someone who to me has no heart. Another birthday just went by alone. I wonder how many more holidays, birthdays, parades, baseball games, time with my real friends will I miss. To know I have said over and over “I am having flashbacks, I am depressed, and today I am in pain, have swelling in my breast, swelling in my joints, numbness in my arms, shoulders, back, neck, and legs, I have poor blood circulation, I fear every day I will not survive another day. No access to doctors I need, no access to legal help. This is Florida, this is America. Hard to believe.
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