Committed: Stories About Stays in Psychiatric Facilities

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ―Charles Bukowski

“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” —Aristotle

I found today this interesting post on Disrupted Physician:
I will also reblog this article in adding two short videos about the stories of patients hospitalized in Latin American psychiatric facilities (Country: Argentina – Language: Spanish).
Siempre fui loco (I have always been crazy)

Mucha locura (too much craziness)


In this week’s list, I wanted to share the experiences of those committed—voluntarily or not—to a psychiatric facility. From One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Nellie Bly’s 19th century expose to American Horror Story: Asylum, the “madhouse” occupies a weird space in America’s psyche, equal parts fascinating and feared. But the experiences of the patients and their caretakers are, obviously, very different than sensationalized cinematic accounts.

1. “Something More Wrong.” (Katherine B. Olson, The Big Roundtable, July 2013)

In this well-wrought essay, Katherine B. Olson profiles Alice Trovato, a woman and patient who mothers her unofficial charges and strives to make the most of her stay at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in the greens of Queens.

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