Northwestern Hospital

Name of Hospital: Northwestern Hospital
City, State/Province, Country: Chicago, IL, USA
Number of Stars: 3

Comment: I had never been in an inpatient program before this one. I spent 5 days at Northwestern and they were alright all things considered. Everyone had their own room and personal shower. There was a washer and dryer we could use with permission too.

I wasn’t /forced/ to go to activities but it did make a difference in how soon I got out as I preferred to read in my room but got scolded for that. I didn’t like any of the activities besides art and yoga personally. They had computers and phones we could use after meals until activities started again. Meals were pretty good and I’m vegetarian so I got a few extra options to choose from. There were visiting hours everyday but only 2 people could come at a time.

Some negatives were the workers. They were really condescending and wouldn’t tell me anything about the process or what they were thinking about how I was doing. My therapist was the worst as she would usually just ask me things like “why are you so sad?” or “why is that a big deal?” She basically told me I had no reason to be depressed or upset and was totally dismissive of the fact that I’m trans. (the general staff made an effort to call me by my chosen name instead of my legal one).

Nobody would use my pronouns even though dysphoria was a big reason I was in the hospital in the first place. The social worker was the same as the therapist. Also they wouldn’t give me my testosterone even though I brought it with me and it took 3 days for them to “approve” it. They also switched my meds twice just in the 5 days I was there. They wouldn’t listen to any of my opinions about what was going in my body.

Overall Northwestern was okay logistic wise but it didn’t help my mental state.

Type of program: inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?:  I’m trans (gender fluid)

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