Posted by BenjaminWerdna (as ),
I've visited my local community hospital many times, I've been kept in a secure unit for 8 days and I have spent 4 nights in the hospital after a bad episode.
One thing that strikes me is the complete lack of knowledge or care many out of hours doctors have for Mental health.
Having been diagnosed with a mental disorder, I can understand that not all doctors are specialists but one two occasions I was completely ignored as doctors looked at my self inflicted wounds.
I left upset and my advocacy worker said "you should never leave the hospital feeling worse than when you went in".
The nurses are so understanding, but the doctors in my area really need to read the DSM IV or study mental illness more. Either that or they should become approachable and stop judging people based on a label.