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Peninsula Village / Re: Getting Records From PV - URGENT
« on: August 27, 2008, 01:07:47 AM »
If you know a lawyer, doctor, or therapist then see if they will write the letter. It will seem more important and have more weight. I heard this from a lawyer well versed on the subject.

Yes the fee is to discourage you until the statute of limitations. I wrote Timberlawn for my records and we got some of it but not all of it (I think). My therapist said most of it was too disturbing to bother sharing with me. She read me a few passages that made me laugh. They actually thought they had succeeded at turning me into a straight person. How grandiose of them. She said their was a great deal of daily crap in there too. Like what time I brushed my teeth or whatever. Finding what we wanted in that thick chart was hard. Mostly, she was verifying the abuse I told her about, and trying to understand my nightmares. She was not charged a fee, but that was about 15 years ago and believe me Timberlawn had lots of lawsuits facing them at that time.

If a doctor or therapist friend requests it for treatment purposes with the proper release form (HIPAA- it will probably hold more weight. That does not mean go tell your doctor or therapist to do it. Ask a friend.  I found my current shrink read some screwed up testing on me and after a year, he said the results were a load of crap, and he had learned his lesson on reading other people's diagnoses. Point is you can't, and if you are a true diagnostician you won't. We finally figured out that the tester had just barfed up my old paperwork, I had given them from Timberlawn. A lesson I have learned is that I no longer ever tell a doctor about my hospitalizations. I have had that backfire once too often.

Facility Question and Answers / Re: Sobriety High
« on: August 27, 2008, 12:32:37 AM »
Antigen, this might help you more:

I put alot of weight into the referral base. I know some of these places but not all. I imagine the people on this board know them better. Archway High School in Houston does not impress me with their referral database for example. They use APGs alot here which I know very little about. I attended PDAP (Bob Meehan) in the late 70s and 80s, and there was a great deal of brainwashing involved. If you moved away you suddenly felt lost and out of control like any good cult would have you feel, note the sarcasm. AA you can find anywhere and there is brainwashing I guess if you want to call it brainwashing, but no one gains monetarily from brainwashing you at AA. It is there, take it or leave it.

I know that MN is a big place for legitimate treatment centers (i.e. Hazelden). They are actual 30 day programs not programs like Straight, PDAP, etc. During college, I lived in Rochester, NY, and alot of young people (18+) from there had gone for treatment at 30 day programs in MN. Some went on to halfway houses in MN and some came to the same Aftercare program I attended once a week in Rochester. I did not stay to graduate the aftercare program, because I found it not to be conducive to my life. I was at an academically challenging college and did not have time to go to AA meetings everyday like they wanted me to. While they expressed their objections to my dropping out of their program, no one blacklisted me as a friend. I still hung out with the same crowd at AA meetings.

 I am new to these boards so please don't shoot the messenger. This is a very backwards post so my apologies.

Psych Hospitals / Re: McLean's Hospital, Belmont, MA late 70s
« on: August 25, 2008, 07:43:42 PM »
Unfortunately, sounds like Timberlawn in Texas. Restraints would be applied for weeks at a time. I saw some bad stuff. It was hard to believe an "accredited" hosptial got away with shit like that. I tried to go unnoticed and then they discovered me when I did a 72 hour letter. Then they decided room therapy (solitary confinement) would fix me. Thank goodness my parents finally allowed me to come home shortly thereafter and I left "at patient's request". I then went back to college 1000 miles from home and did not come back for 15 years. I still hate Texas, and hospitals still scare the shit out of me.

Open Free for All / Re: insomnia sucks
« on: August 25, 2008, 02:13:29 AM »
Definitely sucks. Been having it for weeks now. But am sleepy so hopefully will have a night without nightmares and lots of sleep.

The Troubled Teen Industry / Re: help me with something
« on: August 24, 2008, 07:00:43 PM »
New Leaf sounds like the hell-hole I went to in 1985. The one year thing only made matters worse. Having my mail censored completely destroyed any sense of freedom of speech I had ever known. I came out a very censored automaton, and detached from my parents. It took another 14 years to fully open up to them again. I am finally close to my mother, but would never want to see anyone go through what I went through. I still have nightmares. I was 21 when I went in, and my big offense was being a lesbian. Thank goodness that does not happen too much anymore, I hope. The facility tried to convince me that I was not a lesbian. I came out of there (1986) still knowing I a lesbian, but had to go back in the closet until I finished college (1988). Try to bond with your kid don't ship them away to the experts.

Psych Hospitals / Timberlawn Hospital - mid 80's
« on: August 24, 2008, 05:58:56 PM »
I was in Timberlawn Hospital from 1985-1986 for nine months. I still have nightmares about it. Is there anyone else out there from that period? I was on a really skanky unit with a nurse from HELL. We called her Nurse Wratchett. People never believe what I saw.

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