Quiet Room

Art by Rob Goldstein
Quiet Room

“Great Hera’s Ghost!” shouts Nurse Gabriel. “You’ve been
asleep all day!”

He blows taps; the quiet room cracks

and opens.

Nurse Gabriel loosens my straps:

“How like an animal in a trap.” he says. “They
chew their legs off you know.”

Applause! Applause! From the Quiet room!

His hands can barely control themselves.

(c) Rob Goldstein 2016 All Rights Reserved

10 thoughts on “Quiet Room

      1. Not anymore, because we no longer have psychiatry, at least not in the U.S.

        I worked for and trained in a Freudian based long term hospital in my 20’s. We used restraints as an alternative to medications and when used properly with strict guidelines they work–as does long term intensive in-patient psychotherapy.

        You can’t imagine my horror when I was diagnosed with C-PTSD and discovered that over the years psychologists were replaced with
        behavioral counselors and hospitals were replaced with prisons.

        Our current mental health system is a betrayal of the patient and much worse than restraints. A patient is in more danger during a crisis from the police than he is from restraints.

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      2. It’s a sad indictment of the health system in the western world. Chemical restraint is horrific too.
        I completed my training in the best mental health hospital in Australia at the time. Forward thinking and ahead of its time in therapies and treatments being offered. Until the government dipped its finger in, down sized, reduced funds, closed it down and began a never ending spiral of ‘improvements’. For many years I worked in day programs where did some fantastic, creative and innovative work. What you describe is very similar to here too. Our hospital ED’s are permanently staffed with security guards now, which never used to be the case till about ten years ago. Largely due to the increase in use of drugs, contaminated street drugs being the worst. The state here has negotiated a working partnership with the police, but there is a lot training still needed and it really is very dependent on the individual officers how well it works. Sometimes brilliant, other times not so.

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      3. Medications when used as an adjunct to intensive psychotherapy can work wonders. Medications alone are a toxic chemical restraint; especially toxic if the patient isn’t well enough to house and feed himself.

        My prayer is that humanity will survive this period of decline and that future generations will be appalled at the fact that we created a homeless population and blamed them for existing.

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