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it has been 3 years - March 6th 2017, 01:41 PM

It has been 3 years today since I was admitted to the hospital. I got out a week later even though I wasn't well, it was kind of a premature discharge. This was because the hospital was corrupt and I had to contact a human rights advocacy group to help me. I was so focused on that, it sprung me back to life in a way. I had no choice but to stand up for myself in that instance.

I am thankful for the patients I met there. I still think about them.

I think about a select few staff who had been kind to me and supportive. Like the expressive art therapist and the recreational therapist. Though honestly there were a handful of them, including the psychiatrist there who had done more harm. I still feel the emotional pain till now.

And it is just one more thing im in therapy for, to deal with all the harmful memtal health professiibals in my life.

But what did I learn from all this? I learned to keep going. And I learned how to navigate a broken healthcare system. My passion for mental health got a lot deeper because of my experiences seeking therapy as an adult.

I alsi remember my father crying. I never saw him cry. He said he had made breakfast for me and started crying because he remembered i was in the hospital.
Before I went to the hospital we were experimenting with making healthy DIY deodorant

That alone makes me want to forgive him for things he done to me. And to mend our rocky relationship.
As much as I feel so angry with how he treated me, his inconsistent parenting, his military style of discipline, physical punishment, emotionally absent etc
Forcing parenthood onto me and so on.

He is still my dad and I am learning to accept the complicated feelings for what it is. I'm in therapy now, which he still doesn't know. But, maybe one day I will tell him.

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Re: it has been 3 years - March 6th 2017, 02:04 PM

I can sort of understand in that my doctor wouldn't help you I had to find the strength in me to fight for my mental health
   
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Re: it has been 3 years - March 6th 2017, 04:39 PM

It's good that you are reflective and can see how far you have come. I'm sorry to hear about the unprofessional professionals though! I'm glad that you met some lovely patients and therapists, since it sounds like they had a lasting impact on you.

I really hope that one day you can have a better relationship with your father. I understand that it can be difficult to have a relationship with someone you love, you isn't in the healthiest frame of minds. But I hope you get there. Keep going :hugs:


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Re: it has been 3 years - March 6th 2017, 05:33 PM

Hey,

I am glad that it has been three years that is amazing. I wish i could go that long with out having to be admitted.

It is also very good that you are reflecting back on the experience and seeing what went wrong and what went right. I understand fight the broken health care system it really sucks.

I am really happy for you.

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Re: it has been 3 years - March 6th 2017, 08:57 PM

I think it's wonderful that you've taken such a potentially damaging experience and allowed it to have a positive influence on you. I'm sorry you've had to go through so much, but I'm glad you haven't let it keep you down.


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Re: it has been 3 years - March 7th 2017, 04:54 AM

Hey, Susan!

I'm sorry you have dealt with mental health professionals that didn't do their job. You're such a strong person to take a difficult experience and allow it to strengthen and influence positive actions from then on. I'm proud of you, Susan. As for your dad, I understand it is a difficult relationship but I sincerely hope you two become closer. You deserve a healthy relationship with him.

You're such a sweet person and of course I'm always here for you anytime you need.
   
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Re: it has been 3 years - March 9th 2017, 12:53 AM

I think you should be so proud of how far you have come and that you definitely should continue to think of the positives like this. You've got this!


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Re: it has been 3 years - March 11th 2017, 10:41 PM

It's wonderful you took a moment to look back on how far you've come. I think that is important, especially if it's on the scale of years. You should be incredibly proud of yourself! Don't worry about telling your dad, there's absolutely no pressure. You'll know the time is right when it happens, and hopefully your relationship with him will have improved by then.

Keep it up!
   
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