"Traumatising Hell"

other reviewers have been kind. I found that laughter is labelled as 'manic', panic-attacks labelled 'psychotic' - indecisiveness = schizotypal. Ruining your life seems to be the outcome. I have not slept in a year since being condemned to the place. I was there for four months. I was a hoarder. I needed help with that. Not locking up. I lost everything I ever owned. I'm still very traumatised. It was 'One Flew Over he Cuckoos Nest' all over. The after-care was much better but they had no experience of phobias, everything seemed to be geared towards labeling and drugging. I am not badly behaved or at all 'out of control' I was simply in a mess and needed support. Instead I have aged twenty years, not slept in a year and lost all my worldly possessions. The hospital was packed, from psychiatrists to staff, with narcissism. Even 'nice' staff were narcissistic. Was that 'NLP' I wonder? (My view is that NLP seems to make a lot of professionals think it's productive to act like a bully) The staff in the hospital, the females, were often 'preening' and avoiding patients by sitting in front of computers - hardly any interaction Threats of restraint kept you taking the meds. 'We will send in a gang of big guys to hold you down if you don't, you won't like it' 'Nicer' staff inferred I was a 'tart'.. It was a prison sentence with warders, not nurses. They forced me out despite no treatment for agoraphobia (lifetime condition) I was distraught inside but very placid the entire four months I had to stay. It was prison. It was a relief when they were kind. What a shocking place, they should close this detention centre down. Please search 'anti-psychiatry UK' and you will see some more reality. I can't believe this sort of thing still happens. It nearly killed me. I'm still suffering, I don't think I will ever recover from it. I've been out since last year but only just been able to type/communicate properly again. Doesn't leave you with any faith in humanity. It's wrong to punish people who are suffering. I thought we'd closed places like this thirty years ago? Very depressed. The staff mainly assume you must be ignorant. They seem to equate mental-illness to stupidity? I am still in a state of shock, a year later. My life has been destroyed because of this.

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Response from St Charles Hospital

I'm sorry that this was your experience at St Charles Hospital, which doesn't describe the caring and therapeutic environment we try to achieve. Please could you provide some more information so I can understand some of the points you mention above. I don't want anybody else to feel this way and want to address this directly with the ward. Please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on pals.cnwl@nhs.net with your contact details and I will make sure the concerns you have raised are addressed. The PALS service can also help make sure you are receiving the best support out of hospital. Many thanks Charlene Alfred, Acting Service Manager, St Charles

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