Experiences of Mental Health In-patient Care: Narratives by Mark Hardcastle, David Kennard, Sheila Grandison, Leonard

By Mark Hardcastle, David Kennard, Sheila Grandison, Leonard Fagin

Commended within the psychological future health classification of the 2008 BMA clinical e-book Competition.

This booklet bargains an perception into the adventure of psychiatric in-patient care, from both a expert and a consumer point of view. The editors spotlight the issues in developing healing environments inside settings that are usually poorly resourced, difficulty pushed and probability aversive.

The participants argue that for switch to ensue there wishes to begin with to be a real appreciation of the stories of these excited by the unpredictable, anxiety-arousing and occasionally threatening setting of the psychiatric ward. each one bankruptcy includes a private account of in-patient care via these within the entrance line: those who were admitted to a psychiatric ward; their family members; or those who give you the care. those debts are via commentaries written from diversified views, suggesting classes that may be learnt to enhance the standard of care.

Experiences of psychological wellbeing and fitness In-patient Care may be beneficial for all psychological health and wellbeing pros, together with psychological healthiness nurses, psychiatrists, medical psychologists, occupational therapists, arts therapists, social staff and trainees, in addition to carrier clients and carers organisations.


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Likewise the notion of a ‘desert island’ seems an apposite metaphor for an acute psychiatric ward, reflecting a transformed space, fraught with psychological and physical difficulties, and needing some sort of therapeutic music to deal with the loneliness of depression, confusion or psychosis, or whatever has generated the admission. The theme of ‘Feeling Misunderstood’ seems to be that of perplexed isolation, the ward an archipelago of lonely souls, set in an organisational ocean that can be threatening, can be gentle, but is never quite comprehensible.

Thereafter, of course, patients were kept chained to their beds four days out of every seven. (House of Commons Select Committee 1815) John Perceval, brother of the assassinated Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, was first admitted under restraint in January 1831 to the Brisslington Asylum, near Bristol, run by a Dr Fox, an expensive institution which had to be paid for by members of his family. He was then transferred to other institutions, which he bitterly described later in a book on his experiences (Bateson 1974).

Perhaps two feet away. I could hear him breathing and smell his breath. I rolled my body away from him. What more did I have to do to let him know that I didn’t want to talk? I wanted to sleep. Then the domestic came into the room and started hoovering. How dirty had I made it overnight? The staff used to knock on the door and then walk straight in. Why bother knocking? The room was sparse. A bed, a sink and a wardrobe. I spent many hours thinking of ways of hanging myself. I didn’t want to kill myself but it kept my mind busy.

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