St. Francis Behavioral Health

Name of Hospital: St. Francis Behavioral Health

City, State/Province, Country: Hartford, CT US

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: Inadequate juvenile care. Staff did not seem to have a response to anger other than “talk” and medication. Despite extreme anger and aggressive behavior, discharge was imminent before throwing a mug at my father. That bought more time inpatient.

As an outpatient, I had no clear diagnosis, was given four different classes of drugs at high doses despite their ineffectiveness. The result was extreme fatigue resulting in sleeping through classes, more than 100 pound weight gain, and feeling that something was wrong with me that could not be fixed. My father repeatedly advocated to stop some of the drugs, but the psychiatrist would throw up his arms as if he would withdraw any help.

Fortunately, I changed doctors. The new psychiatrist stopped all medications and I felt a great relief without any worsening of symptoms.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient/Outpatient

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