Monthly Archives: November 2010

Hutchings Psychiatric Center: Notes from a Hospitalization (Part VI)


Social Behavior Someone should write a book of etiquette for psychiatric inpatients.  What do you do when your warm, supportive, friendly roommate informs you that Erik Estrada brought her from Vietnam as an orphan and she is now married to … Continue reading

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center: Notes from a Hospitalization (Part V)


Four-point The patient is removed to the third floor, and four-point.  Dr. Megna told me he hated putting people in four-point.  Certainly people hated being put in four-point, nevertheless, the system designed and built a special room for four-point.  It is … Continue reading

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center: Notes from a Hospitalization (Part IV)


It is difficult to describe the utter futility one felt in Hutchings Psychiatric Center.  At every turn, I was denied the right to do things.  There was a recreational therapist who was supposed to provide group activity for the patients on the … Continue reading

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center: Notes from a Hospitalization (Part III)


The Doctors Dr. Curly saw me first, and told me she was holding me over for Dr. Moe’s return from vacation.  Dr. Moe saw me, but said that Curly was my doctor.  Curly went on vacation after saying that Larry … Continue reading

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center: Notes from a Hospitalization (Part II)


The psychiatrists never came to see us.  Where were they?  In meetings about the patients?  Writing notes in the patient’s charts?  There were five psychiatrists and the patients would go for days without seeing them.  This, compared to a private … Continue reading

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About the Author: Anne C Woodlen (Part VI)


[Ooops, sorry!  I got things out of order and didn’t post the last section of my history.  What’s the point if you don’t know how it turns out in the end?  Tomorrow we’ll go back to the story of being … Continue reading

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center: Notes from a Hospitalization (Part I)


I’m fairly militant on the subject of mental illness.  I make no bones about the fact that I have a mental disorder and am, like a good gravesite, in perpetual care.  But the memory of my last hospitalization at Hutchings … Continue reading

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