NSMC Union Hospital

Name of Hospital: NSMC Union Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Lynn, Massachusetts, USA

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: I was placed here involuntarily when I was 17. I’ve been to MANY hospitals but this is by far the worst.

I was here after (serious) a suicide attempt (transferred from ICU) during a snow storm. You would think that a mental hospital would have windows that were locked, bolted, barred. The window next to my bed was broken and could not close. I was not provided extra blankets.

For a while I was the only person on the ward above the age of 6 and one of the (male) nurses spent a lot of time in my room, telling me I was “not like the other girls” etc (because I was reading a book) and strangely enough, gave me several mouse puppets.

Worst of all was my psychiatrist. He insisted that despite my suicide attempt, that I wasn’t depressed or suffering from any mental illness at all. He took me off of all my medication (including benzos cold turkey) and prescribed thyroid medication. He insisted that I was only sad because I was OVERWEIGHT and that if I lost weight, I would be just fine. all it said on my discharge plan was: low calorie diet.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: gay, trans, overweight?

Year(s) : 2013

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