Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Name of Hospital: Abbotsford Regional Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: Comment: My sister first tried to get me admitted when I was openly suicidal and self-harming and I felt I had no control. The psych nurse who interviewed me was hostile and accused me of faking mental illness. He also accused me of lying about the drugs I took, claiming that Tylonel 3’s are not mind-altering and thus I was lying about taking them to try to calm down. He refused to admit me and sent me home, telling me to just not hurt myself. The next morning I lost control and made an attempt. When I went back to the hospital the same psych nurse taunted me, smiling, saying “I told you not to hurt yourself.” It was clear he still thought I was faking. I was admitted for a week regardless.

The medication I was given left me completely unable to sleep for days, but they didn’t listen and accused me not being compliant. There was another patient in the ward who was very tall and strong and he would not leave me alone, even going so far as to try to assault me in the outdoors area. When I told a nurse that he scared me she told me to take it as a compliment, because “he always goes after the pretty girls.” The psychiatrist saw me for a total of 10 minutes in the week I was there and dashed off a quick diagnosis without much thought.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: I am a trans woman. I was given a private room because of this, though my sister had to argue with the nurses to get this.

When I got a copy of the psychiatrist’s report a month later my being trans was put down as “identity confusion” and a symptom of BPD. I had been transitioned for four years at that point. The psychiatrist also reported not engaging in sexual relationships as another symptom of BPD, but in reality it was just difficult to find somebody to date when you are trans and in a rural area, not to mention I had been sexually assaulted a year before and was uninterested in dating at that time.

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