|Category:||Mental Health Clinic|
|Address:||6501 N Charles St, Towson, MD 21204, USA|
I recently just got out of impatient at the Sheppard Pratt hospital. Before I was put in unit 1E ( Female Adolescents unit) I was placed in a holding unit (CAU or CEA I believe) which I liked very much. I was very confused during my first safety check in which I was required to strip all of my clothes and underwear. Which of course makes sense but I was not given something to cover myself with. After they checked my clothes and jacket I was allowed to put them back on. I spent one night in the holding unit and it was very hard to rest. The next afternoon in which I transferred, from what I saw only a few staff members were nice to the patients. Others would be rude for no reason. I was given one of the double rooms that they have in 1E (there are two double rooms) and I had staff members repeatedly tell me the rules about being in a double room. The last staff member that did seemed to basically yell at me about the double room rules. She wasnt considerate at all about what I was there for and she made me very upset and anxious. There were multiple occasions throughout my stay where during group time Id start to cry and no staff/ nurse seemed to care. While I was there a girl got attacked, so much for being safe. The food was okay for me but there were patients that couldnt eat their food because it didnt accustom to their diet. Some of the staff even talked about how they only had the job because it was the closest they could find; and that they didnt want to be there. Most of the staff were inconsiderate about the MENTAL patients that clearly were at Sheppard Pratt for a reason. The doctor that I saw was okay, she didnt really help but I was put on medication. There were two groups. Basically the two groups didnt have time to interact with each other. And although we are there for ourselves we still want to know the type of people were living with. We didnt have many opportunities to. Even when we could talk, I was very appalled at what we were not allowed to talk about. A group of patients (including me) were talking about our sexualities. Which was perfectly fine with all of the patients. So I made a joke, something with me saying Im their "local lesbian" and a staff member told us we werent allowed to talk about sexually. Of course we ask why. She says that it might "offend people." Even though everyone there (at the moment) was not heterosexual (straight). Visiting times were okay, it was only 90 minutes per day and we had the chance to phone someone 4 times a day, but the lists were long. Overall I did not like the experience at Sheppard Pratt but their day program seems to be a bit better.
I was referred there by my special school (the Harbour School in Annapolis) a year ago and it was HORRIBLE. I did not get admitted because there was not a bed available in the unit for kids with disabilities like me. The first doctor I saw was really nice and she checked if there was a bed available in the unit which she said that it was unavailable and if I was admitted, I would be placed on the regular childrens unit. My mom did not decide if she had wanted to admit me as the decision was made by me. We then went to see a different woman who was extremely rude. She kept asking my mom if I have Autism or any related disorder which was really weird. She then told my mom that if I was admitted, my mom or any other family members would not be able to see me because the unit would be on lockdown. I made the decision not to be admitted because my own mother would not ever get to see me for the time that I could have been there. After the visit, WE WERE KICKED OUT of the office and told to call the number for an alternate day program which we were told does not take people under the age of 18. Terrible facilities and service. I now have a great psychiatrist (private practice) who provides what I need.
If you have a loved one in serious mental distress and you are told that Sheppard Pratt Enoch Health System is the best or only option for them punch that person in the face and put your weight behind it. I was abused in the young adult ward and no one did a thing to stop it. The staff that watched over us during the day were uneducated and untrained in how to deal with complicated situations, diagnoses and had no qualifications whatsoever to be running any sort of therapies anymore than I did. Most of them played on their iPhones all day. I found that my fellow inmates and I helped each other more than the staff. The doctors they have there are worse and even worse. They will make you take their "recommended" medicines and if you adamantly refuse as I did, you might be told that youre being difficult and would be staying longer just in case you "change your mind". I was lucky that my parents saw these gross negligent abuses and they got me out. An iron sign saying Pillen macht frei might not be over those electronically locked doors on the ward but they should be. Run fast from this place if you want to live.
worst place ever I was there on March 16 to visit my mother was attacked buy a male attendant that was taking care of her I want to calm her down it was her first day . They punish the patient if they dont come out of their room no visitors , no food, nothing until you come out and sit at a table .I went to my mothers room her door was open I wanted her to see who was there, The attendant ran in front of me tried to slam the door with my mother screaming put his hand between us and pinched the under side of my arm. I pulled my sleeve up and my arm was already turning black and red and swelling He said he never touched me. I called the police but not much help there. I have pictures posted on the face book page also he said I scratched him I never touch him I also have the worst bitten and sore nails ever they are also posted on face book. So if your loved ones are in 2G take pictures once in a while and check for unusual bruises I am a 60 year old female being attacked by a younger big man What happens behind closed doors. Thank god we got our mother out right away
They keep you for a week even if you dont need to be there. They basically force you on medication even if you tell them you dont need or want it. When the medication starts disrupting your sleep and making you nauseous they put you on more. Theyll use your honesty against you and try to make you stay there longer. The food is complete crap, they give you menus to choose from but always change it into things you dont choose Their strict rule system is ludicrous, you cant share even if you dont want something and another patient does its discouraged. You cant talk about certain topics, they basically make you go to sleep because they turn all the lights off. The "contact" counselors dont help because they hardly care about anything youre saying, they just report it back to your doctor in case you say anything bad so theyll be able to put you on more medication. This place is a huge waste of time and money.