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The Curse Of Ingenuity

Bipolar disorder is a disabling mood disorder characterized by extreme mood swings, but are creative-types with the diagnostic label more likely to be genius?  This is an empowering train of thought for those smacked with the side effects of something … Continue reading

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Notez From A Psych Wardster Pt. 15

Pre- Hospitalization #1: I never knew the word “hipster” before moving to New York.  It confused the shit out of me.  When I moved to NYC at the ripe age of 18, I had the art kid style: skinny jeans, … Continue reading

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Notez From A Psych Wardster Pt. 14

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Notez From A Psych Wardster Pt. 13

Day 10, Hospitalization #4: “10 am: Restless, liable, drew all over his face and hands to represent stigmata, wore flag on foot, aggressive at med window, slept 7 1/2 hours.  Plan: med changes, court date Thursday. 3 pm: No significant … Continue reading

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Notez From A Psych Wardster Pt. 12

Day 9, Hospitalization #4: “7am: Confused about legal status, good behavioral controls… face painted like the devil,… med compliant, poor sleep because of loud female patient at night, ran to piano and played it loudly… 10am: Rounds: court date pushed … Continue reading

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Notez From A Psych Wardster Pt. 11

Day 8, Hospitalization #4: “2:30pm: Continues to be hypomanic overall lacks insight into his illness and need for treatment.  Wants discharge Thursday, refuses to retract 3-Day notice.  Did… exessive makeup… Was working on craft project in afternoon.  Good controls overall… … Continue reading

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Notez From A Psych Wardster Pt. 10

Day 7, Hospitalization #4: “7am: Good evening, worked on bulletin board, needy… Slept 5.5 hours. 3pm: Good response to care, increase to level 2 (ability to go off unit for walks) and full hall [privileges].  Moved from room 257 from … Continue reading

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Notez From A Psych Wardster Pt. 9

Day 6, Hospitalization #4: “7am: Good evening, working on bulletin board, ate well, still thinks has a special relationship with Lady Gaga, refused thorazine took less Ativan… 8am: Patient loud early in shift making requests to staff to take him … Continue reading

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Mr. McLean’s Montage

I’m Matt McLean.  Doctors say that I have Bipolar Disorder.  I like to say that I’m PanPolar.  I’m either hyper from not sleeping for three days or passed out on my floor because my bed is too full of shit … Continue reading

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Notez From A Psych Wardster Pt. 8: Matthew McLean Reveals His Obsession With Lady Gaga

Dear Dr. Alridge or Dr. Welch,        My name is Matthew McLean.  I was diagnosed Bipolar 1- manic on Sept. 13, 2010. At that time, I had grandiose ideas of creating Lady GaGa through numerology.  I had the … Continue reading

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Notez From A Psych Wardster Pt. 7

Day 3, Hospitalization #4: “2:30am: Patient awake, increased energy, yelling… grabbed belongings, and ran… stating, “I need to do my laundry”… [given p.r.n.] 3:00am: Patient remains agitated…[put into locked door seclusion] 3:30am: Patient remains agitated, kicking door and yelling, unable … Continue reading

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Notez From A Psych Wardster Pt. 6

Day 1, Hospitalization #4: “7am: Report new admit, 22 yo SWM, manic… grandiose… about Google, dressed inappropriately up at 5:30 am dancing naked, offered Ativan and took it, refused to put clothes on, put on locked door seclusion- kept banging … Continue reading

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