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Finding safety in psychiatric wards

Safety behind locked doors

Hospitals can be good hiding places, especially if you're sick and don't want to see anyone. Some people bemoan confinement but when I finally arrived, I felt safe. The doors were locked, the windows were barred, I was supervised day and night. I felt assured I couldn't hurt myself or anyone else: a different experience for me.  Planning to jump off bridges, starving myself, defending myself from a drug-dealing boyfriend had been my modus operandi for so many, long months.