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Weekend on the Inside - Involuntary Psychiatric Hospitalization

Weekend on the Inside is a first-person narration of the author’s true experience with involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. She writes, “I can't believe this is real. I can't believe this is happening to me. I am now a prisoner of the mental health establishment.” Found here are the chapters of her story.

Weekend on the Inside: The Stranger
I can't believe this is real. I can't believe this is happening to me. I am now a prisoner of the mental health establishment, charged with the grievous offenses of telling the truth about my symptoms, losing my grip on reality in front of a professional, and guilty of being severely bipolar in the first degree.

Weekend on the Inside: The E.R.
Weekend on the Inside is a first-person narration of the author’s true experience with involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. In this chapter, the author shares her perceptions - skewed as they were by her current mental state – as she is processed through emergency room for her stay in the hospital. She writes, “The E.R. turns out to be bright and abominably noisy with angles only slightly less distorted than those of the stranger's office, but not by much.”

Weekend on the Inside: The Dress Code
Weekend on the Inside is a first-person narration of the author’s true experience with involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. In this chapter, the author writes of her surprise and mortification at having to dress as a hospital patient. She writes, “It is the universal rule of the E.R. - All Must Undress. I struggle out of my shirt, quickly fumbling to tie the gown around my neck, ready to dive for cover should anyone else enter before I am properly hidden by that gown.”

Weekend on the Inside: Questions and Forms and Questions
Weekend on the Inside is a first-person narration of the author's true experience with involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. In this chapter, the author shares her frustration with the large number of required forms and the repeated questioning. "At least three different doctors ask me whether I know why I am here. I tell them all the same...

Weekend on the Inside: The Boredom
Weekend on the Inside is a first-person narration of the author’s true experience with involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. In this chapter, the author writes about how slowing time moves when there is so little to do. “I have to say Griegor really is the most boring place I have ever been forced to endure. There is a lot of time to...

Weekend on the Inside: The Connections
Weekend on the Inside is a first-person narration of the author’s true experience with involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. In this chapter, the author writes about her experiences with other people. “This place holds its own surprising blessings for me, primarily in the form of Nikki and a student social worker named Jeannie. And then, there is Rick.”

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