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Women raped at Nashville mental hospital - silenced [24 May 2014|08:41pm]
Please share this story with everyone you know. Two different patients, both female, were sexually assaulted by a male patient at Skyline Medical Center: Madison campus. The hospital is for mental patients and is located on 500 Hospital Drive
Madison, TN 37115.

In both cases, the male patient entered the female patients' rooms and assaulted them.

In both cases, the female patient has filed a lawsuit against the hospital for the rapes. Skyline has denied any wrongdoing or attempts to cover up what happened to these women. They also refuse to apologize or offer any kind of compensation for the pain and suffering these women have gone through as a result of Skyline's negligence. Nursing staff are supposed to keep watch on all mental patients and patients are not supposed to enter the room of another patient. The doors to patient rooms are never supposed to be closed. The door was closed in both cases.

The first lawsuit is McCall Brister v HCA Health Services (The parent company of Skyline Medical Center)
Trial court 2010C86

The second lawsuit has not gone to trial yet. It is Jennifer Johnson v HCA Health Services
Civil Action No. 12C5163

In both cases, the male patients were not punished or arrested. No rape kits were performed. The female patients were not examined or tested for sexually transmitted diseases.

In the case of Jennifer Johnson, the female patient immediately reported her rape to nursing staff at Skyline Madison Campus. One nurse, Pamela Mitchell, R.N., told Ms. Johnson that they decided that it was not rape but was instead "nonconsensual sex". Her exact words. Pamela told Ms. Johnson that they had "taken cared of it" and that they "did not need to talk about it anymore." Ms. Johnson tried to discuss the rape with others but was instructed by the unit therapist, Debbie Waddell (Debbie.Waddell@ HCAHealthcare.com) to stop talking about it. Debbie would repeat "we're not talking about that right now" when Ms. Johnson tried to discuss the rape.

These are not the only cases of female patients being raped in hospitals and having it covered up. But justice is rarely served and many of these women suffer not only from their rape but from being told to forget about it, to keep silent about it. And because they are mental patients they are more vulnerable to judgment and being taken advantage of.

Please help spread awareness of what happened to these women. Families send their loved ones to the Skyline Madison Campus in Nashville expecting the hospital staff to look after them. Not only does the staff fail to properly supervise the patients in order to prevent nonconsensual sexual contact, but when something goes wrong they sweep it under the rug and the patients suffer because of it.

Thank you.
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[26 May 2010|05:45pm]

hi to those i know & those i don't,

i am writing a zine about sydney (or anywhere really) mental hospitals & the stupidity & shenanigans that come hand in hand with being a psychiatric patient. write about anything: crazies you have encountered, amusing situations, friendly/not so friendly staff, stilnox adventures - whatever you want really.

if you have anything you want to contribute, comment here or email me at gail.phe@gmail.com - don't stress about whether what you have to say is good/funny enough, i'll be the judge of that. i've decided to do this as my project to make hospital more manageable over the next few weeks so whatever laughs you have are good to me. anything you write will be confidential (you & anyone else's names can be changed if you want) or you can be acknowledged as the contributer.

ps. for those of you that have heard it, please note that duck boy story is already taken.
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please help! [16 Feb 2010|05:01pm]

i am a social work graduate student looking for help! if everyone could PLEASE take a look at my [mental health] website and possibly submit something to it, that would be great!


thank you!!
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Abilify [25 Jan 2010|12:28am]

 I'm on 10 mg, spread out. what is the normal dosage?
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zyprexa.... [27 Dec 2009|12:58pm]

So I was taking 10 mg of zyprexa to get me stabilized, and it threw my bp from being depressed to being a tornado of energy; plus I was still dealing with my sleep issues and ontop of all of that, I started listing again.  So I called the doctor and he told me to split 20 mg, 1 in the AM, 1 in he PM and add 50 mg of benadryl before bed to sleep....seems to be working.  I'm rested and bored...*laughs*.  This med is new to me, does anyone have any experience with it that they could share?
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support site [20 Dec 2009|10:34am]
i made a support site that you all can join. it deals with mental health issues and i hope it can help you all.

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Weight Gain [14 Sep 2007|05:59am]

Has anyone experienced weight gain while taking

Cymbalta (60mg daily)
Seroquel (800mg at night)

Just curious. Perhaps my mood is elevated and the anxiety from the 2mg of Klonopin 3x's a day relaxes me enough that I feel better and feel like eating, I just don't want to gain any more weight (i've been on these dosages for 2 years and suddenly I gained 12lbs in the last 2 months....) I can counter act it with better eating (i eat very little, bread and juice for the most part and fresh fruit, but just nothing sound good) and some good cardio to shed these extra pounds.

But, I was curious if anyone else had experienced weight gain from either of these 2 medications.

Thanks for any info.

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[03 Aug 2007|10:15am]

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Mods: Please remove if this is not allowed.
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Generic Drugs [23 Jun 2007|08:48am]

So, I've been taking the generic ambien (i take 20mg at night) and it's NOT WORKING. I don't feel drowzzie, at all, and I'm falling asleep on my own 2-3 hours after I've taken the medicine that in the non generic form knocks me out within 20 minutes. I was hoping the generic would work because it's $10 instead of $25on my co-pay, but, it looks like my next round I am going to have to do a comparison and see if the real deal works or if the generic is shit or if it's all in my head.

Anyone else experience this with this drug (Ambien) or any other generic drug?
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Anxiety Attack [30 May 2007|02:34am]
I woke up and had an anxiety attack on Sunday morning.  I managed it better than I had managed other anxiety attacks in the past, but it was not easy.  I think I am going to try to be a more loving person, and put some of my mental debates aside for awhile.  I like to document or maybe be open about these, sometimes I forget why I am in pain, oh, I just had an anxiety attack two days ago.  That shit is not easy to get over.  For the last three hours I've been confused as to why I have felt bad, well I think that is a major part of it.  I had an anxiety attack less than two full days ago, it takes awhile to recover.
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The Clone and her Shadow [21 May 2007|06:40pm]


"I exist in the shadows, somewhere she doesn't know"

Did you ever had that feeling that you are in someone else's shoes; that everything that seems to be happening to you are not the way things you planned to be? Did you wake up every morning, doing the same thing over and over again and at the end of the day; you know that you are going to the same things tomorrow? What's sad is that you don't have the control when you are wandering around while someone is doing all those mundane things for you. You suddenly realize this skin is not really yours and that someone is actually in it and it's not you.

I have this feeling for eternity and I couldn't make it go away. I don't know how to express it for I am neither bitter nor sad. I don't understand myself and I don't know myself; but I just know this person who shares my bed and appears whenever I look in the mirror is not me. I'm not comfortable being around this person. Yet she has everything any fifteen-year old girl wants: a complete family, lots of friends and a bright future. But I don't like her. She doesn't like me too, I can tell very well. She has taken over my life and there is nothing I could do about it. Somehow, every goddamn night, I want to jump on her bed and put my fingers on her neck as I watch the pupils turn white; as I watch her take her last breath because I never want her to live anymore. I've told myself that I am going to kill this monster.

But she is strong; she has a will of her own. And I also want her around whenever I sometimes feel I need something to rely on to make everything look easy for me. I need her to enjoy the company of my friends or do things in school; I need her to make the appropriate social responses so I won't disappoint my critical bitch for a mother and someone I look up to like my father. She does all these things for me when I get stoned and slipped away. She enters the perpetual ring of my consciousness and makes all the choices for me.

She is my hero, my mighty provider and even though she is my clone, I learn to tolerate her. I don't love her nor do I truly accept that she is the one waking up in the morning to do things for me. But I am still alive; I can use my physical body once in awhile but that only happens at night. I am restless and there are those happy moments of insomnia when all I do is dream...let myself go to all the pressures of an adolescent life when my clone believes firmly in God while I, myself is agnostic.

She knows the consequences of bad actions but I'm the one who can't resist the temptation. I have a lot of unnatural cravings and sometimes they all manifest at the wrong times. Sooner or later I break her off and I came to exist in the morning instead of her. And when that happens, I don't know what I am to do for she is the one who does all the doing and I do all the sleeping. I am out of control and that is not good. I show no mercy, fear or reason.
What do I live for? My clone seems to know. We exchange places sometimes. One moment she is the kind-hearted girl who is polite and very poised. But then I launch from the surface and become the vindictive, selfish brat that my parents want to get rid off as soon as possible. No one wants to take me in and they all loved my clone. I don't know where shall I be or where I shall place myself when everything I do is disastrous and plain stupid.
You do not suddenly accept the fact you're an outcast; I never did. I just learned to live with it, ignore it and just get it over with. The fact is they want my clone to have my life because she can handle it properly. If I became the one who controls my life, I might only get all sorts of troubles and I may not live at all.

I am grateful that my clone is here to protect me and to make everyone else believe I am fine even when I'm not. I cannot live in this world and roam around a dull, melodramatic existence. I'm better off invisible while I watch my clone do all these wonderful things and wish it was me; but it's only a wish, a far, far away dream in the deep slumbers of my twisted mind.

This is my story, you can say. But basically, it's my entire clone doing all the things here but I am inside her. Funny thing is she doesn't know; if she did, she may find a way to destroy me. And I could not let that happen. I may find a way to dispose her once and for all but for the meantime, I'm still here. Each time my clone walks around on a brightly-lit street and maybe, just a maybe, I am her shadow.
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Hey guys [22 Oct 2006|05:51pm]

Hey guys.. sorry I haven't really been around.. school's consuming a lot of my time, and I'm mostly on MySpace anyways.

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[12 Oct 2006|07:07pm]

so... i'm new. that's it.

i'd been going to the same psychiatrist for 6 years-- since i was 13. today, i finally made the switch. i am extraordinarily picky about my large array of doctors. they must be women, and i must get a warm, fuzzy feeling around them. if not, they're out. no questions asked. i went in, very hopeful, and met my new mental healthcare provider. and i absolutely love her.

i suppose the main reason i'm writing in here is to dispel a bit of the terrible feeling i've got brewing in my gut. i spoke with dr. gupta and we decided that it's time to taper off my effexor xr. i have been on 300 mg for approximately 3 years.

i'm really not looking forward to withdrawal symptoms. i know how i feel when i'm a few hours late taking a dose-- what is this going to be like? i'm quite a psychiatric drug buff, when it comes down to it. i've read all of the brochures, the websites, the boards, etc. i research each and every drug before i am put on it.

unfortunately, all except for effexor. i don't know if i'm ready for the emotional, mental, and physical roller coaster that is switching medications around. believe me, if anyone knows about this ride, it's me. i am determined to get rid of this terrible drug, but i'm scared as hell.

so, i guess i'm looking for comiseration/empathy. and a bit of support. has anyone else come off of effexor? is anyone else on it, or have you been on it?
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[11 Sep 2006|04:44pm]
I have a question & I hope this is an appropriate place to ask it. :)
I work in a psychiatric hospital & am familiar with the Hipaa laws, but I'm unsure about something that has come up. My boyfriend was going to a public assistance psychiatric clinic for a year or two & quit going after he felt they couldn't help him any longer. He and I have since gotten into an argument:
He believes if he goes into another clinic they will be able to see his records or at least KNOW that he went to this other place. I on the other hand, having the Hipaa laws DRILLED into my head at work think otherwise. Isn't it true that without written consent from the patient a hospital or clinic can't get ANY information on their past treatments? More importantly, even know that they've GONE anywhere else? Because it's public assistance in both cases, would it be any different? Please help us end this argument! :)
Thanks in advance <3
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[06 Sep 2006|10:13am]

alright yeah this is getting kind of hard to deal with,

i have no short-term memory
my moods keep cycling super rapidly worse than before with outburts of laughing when things really aren't all that fucking hilarious
i'm seeing sunspots/black bars and plankton falling from the sky again
i keep thinking that i am seeing things moving but i'm pretty sure they aren't
i keep thinking i'm hearing banging around in my house when there's no one here
i'm having super intense pockets of paranoia and general freaking out
i'm feeling pockets of panic attacks again
i'm not motivated to do anything whatsoever, and i've gone for days at a time without showering
i want as little social interaction as possible
it's been super hard for me to concentrate on things
super hard for me to make up my mind about anything
super hard to think critically about things
i feel like i'm living in a haze, disconnected, like this is a dream and everything is very surreal
i'm not necessarily depressed, i don't think i'm that depressed at all really. i am starting to get really distressed about this though.

about 2 years ago i was disgnosed with rapid cycling bipolar 1 with psychotic tendencies. at the time, though, i wasn't having as many psychotic symptoms, it was more of an issue of dramatic mood swings. i've become increasingly out of touch with reality lately and very reculsive.

i was on a bunch of ssri meds a couple years ago:
lexapro, zoloft, cymbalta, prozac
i was on adderall
and then
i was on risperdal 20 mg every day, by itself.

please give me some suggestions, advice, or what you think might be happening here, because it's freaking me out and i don't know what to do. i have no insurance and i haven't seen my psychiatrist or therapist in about a year.
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objectivication? [30 Aug 2006|05:43am]

[ mood | annoyed ]

we're not to develop as individuals if we continue to speak of ourselves only. let us discourse ideas, objects, points of references, and past experiences without the need to affirm our ids.

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Seroquel [23 Aug 2006|09:57am]

I've been on Seroquel for about 6 weeks now. So far I've noticed no side effects, a bit blurred vision, but, I think that comes from not wearing my glasses while I am using the PC, as I am supposed to be. It's worked amazingly well with my ups and downs (I'm Bi-Polar with Social Anxiety, boarder line personality disorder, ADHD, OCD and Insomnia -from hell-) and believe it or not, this medication, out of all the bi-polar medications I have tired (including lithium, which, just left me as a vegetable and slept all the time) is actually seeming to work.

I was wondering if there might be some more people out there who take Seroquel and what your feed back/response to the medication is and what I might to expect on down the road as I continue taking it (I take 400mg at night before I go to sleep).

Any information or feedback is greatly appreciated.


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Friends list [17 Aug 2006|02:18am]

Hey guys.. I'm just writing this because a few of you have mentioned how you try to see my other entries but they're set to 'friends only' or whatever. This is because I just created this account recently, and a lot of it needs to be kept kinda private due to people mentioned, etc.. mostly people on MySpace, which is why I created a LiveJournal. So, if you would like to be on my friends list, feel free to let me know and I'll add you. You can also reach me personally on aim - xwickedbutterfly or yahoo - broken_butterflywings, and my MySpace link is on my profile, or just look me up as beautiful_xx_disaster

Talk to you all later, I hope everyone's having a good day..

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[09 Aug 2006|02:01pm]

I am very desperate for help. Anything is appreciated.
My brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia five years ago. He's on and off medication. He hates taking it and when he does it only works for a few months and than he flips out again. His doctors, in the next two weeks, are going to put him on Clozapine (Clozaril) for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. I know about all the danger side effects and the percent of people its helped and the rate blah blah but I dont know anyone or any information with people who have had first hand experiences with this medication.
Also my brother is extremely delusional and I dont know what to say/ do when he is like that. I dont want to just make em pop a pill or take him to the hospital every time he flips out. He thinks I am against him for that. What are some things that I am suppose to do or say because in all honesty, I dont understand a bit of him.
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[01 Aug 2006|01:45pm]

so i cant funtion right now. my meds are running out...
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