Perceived Coercion – The MacArthur Studies. Charles W. Lidz Ph.D. UMass Medical School Center for Mental Health Services Research. One View of Hospitalization.
Charles W. Lidz Ph.D.
UMass Medical School
Center for Mental Health Services Research
I have been illegally committed once to three times a year. While an inpatient on Unit A, I could not come out of my room even for meals. I was not allowed to use the telephone to call my attorney, my medication doctor, my therapist, my case manager or my outreach worker or any social or business-related contacts. I had to request an attorney to represent me who came to see me and gave me my human rights back. If it was not for the attorney, I would have been isolated and confined to my room without music, television, or reading material. I was only allowed to leave the room supervised to bathe or shower.
They commit you because of the falsities that the nurses and psychiatrists and therapists say about their patients, when the judge reads the patient's chart, he commits the patient without giving the patient a lawyer or allowing the patient to speak in the court hearing. The patient is forced to remain silent or he/she will be in contempt of court. They use restraints illegally
All of the nurses discriminate and write illegalities in each consumer's chart, so when the social worker returns the following morning, she has to figure out who is lying; the patient or the nurses. After several hours of observation, the social worker realizes that the nurses were lying and that the patient was telling the truth. Feel free to obtain my records and see for yourself.
They isolate patients and exacerbate their anxiety, depression and PTSD, which hence lengthens the patient's stay because the staff does not know why the patient is not getting any healthier and it also requires more work by the patient's outpatient treatment providers after discharge.