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Re: I'll hold your hand if you'll hold mine Elizabeth

Posted by shelliR on July 18, 2001, at 22:46:02

In reply to Re: I'll hold your hand if you'll hold mine shelliR, posted by Elizabeth on July 18, 2001, at 0:34:14

Hi Elizabeth,

> What's Sheppard Pratt? And do you remember if any of the TCAs worked at all?

Sheppard Pratt is a private psychiatric hospital, outside of Baltimore. Zelda Fitzgerald had several stays there during her life. They have beautiful grounds there and a gazebo, where she apparently sipped wine to help her sleep through the night.

As far as the TCAs working, I never got past the first day on two different ones. They made me so disoriented, that I could barely dress myself. That hospitalization was the lowest point of my life. I had hit rock bottom, signed in there, and realized there was a basement to rock bottom. Soon after I was discharged to a day hospital, I started nardil ; TCAs have never come up for me again.

Sheppard Pratt has a good reputation, but the particular unit I was on (short-term evaluative) was awful. I was there for a month (which is what my insurance covered), but there were people in there up to a year. The federal government used to have awesome psychiatric benefits, so half of Washington was in psychoanalysis, and hospital stays, well they could be months and months. And it was nearly impossible to be fired from a government job once you'd been there for a few years, so there was no fear of coming out having lost your job. I was not really part of that era, and never part of the federal government at all.

From what I've heard Sheppard Pratt now gets through on endowments. It has a well known dissociative disorders program, but I always chose another hospital in Washington with the same type of unit. It's closer and I think almost everyone on that unit ends up with an MPD (DID) diagnosis. Someone I know from one of my hospital stays was in there with Rosanne Barr, during her "multiple period"--she was going on talk shows afterwards talking about how much fun it was to have different personalities. The woman who was in with her, did not believe that Roseanne was really multiple. Anyone that thinks multiplicity is a lot of fun is almost definitely not multiple.

What does are you hoping to get up to on desiprimine ?

Shelli


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