Tales from the Psych Ward Part IV

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My psychiatrist agreed to discontinue my Mental Health Act certification and make me voluntary! It doesn’t actually change anything about what’s happening with my treatment, but it does make me feel better about the whole thing.

We talked about the inaccurate charting from the psych ER about me being paranoid and yelling. He didn’t come right out and say it was bullshit, but I think that was mostly him not wanting to openly slam colleagues rather than him thinking it was accurate.

He’s ordered accompanied passes for me to be able to leave the hospital with my brother. This is a busy weekend for my brother because it’s my niece’s birthday tomorrow, so it won’t be until Tuesday that I get to go home and see the guinea pig children.

I found out that my ECT is scheduled for two treatments a week for the next five weeks. Normally, ECT would be done three treatments a week, and my psychiatrist wasn’t sure why it was scheduled just two a week. I’m hoping I can get it changed to three a week, as just doing two a week would prolong my hospitalization unnecessarily.

That’s about it for this update. Thank you all so much for your support!

This 6-part series begins with Tales from the Psych Ward part I.

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78 thoughts on “Tales from the Psych Ward Part IV”

  1. Glad for the good news and I’m hoping the ECT will help a lot. Glad you were able to advocate for yourself with your psychiatrist.

  2. Here’s hoping your psychiatrist can help you reschedule to 3 ECT sessions a week too. You deserve to be able to feel better soon and to see your fur kids fast β€πŸ’ž

  3. Yay! Thank goodness for this positive news! Keep up the good fight, you’re making significant changes and I think you’re incredibly strong for doing it all the while being the person THEY should be caring for. But here you are trying to improve things for all of us and I have so much respect and admiration for you!

  4. I’m so glad. It makes a big difference, I think, having that control. I’m glad you were listened to and have access to things like passes: the fur babies are going to be so happy.

  5. I’m really happy to hear this, Ashley!! I worked inpatient when I trained at my practicum and I know exactly what you’re talking about with the unnecessary force and poor treatment of folks in the hospital. My heart is broken that you’re experiencing this :(. But I’m very happy to hear things are looking up!

    Keep the strong self-advocacy and know that we’re all here pulling for you!

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