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49 Robinwood Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0213042.315774 -71.112268
Neighborhoods: Jamaica Central / South - Sumner, Jamaica Plain
I was involuntarily commited to this hell hole (Jamaica Plain) years ago and it was the single worst thing that ever happened to me. My "therapist" screamed obscenities at me and and I wound up doing "pseudo therapy" i.e., making up fake problems and fake solutions to keep the silly sadist happy. When I got out I called her to let her know I had bogused her and the idiot shouted, "I got you out of there!"
I'm a vegetarian and --- I am not making this up --- all I was given for food was lettuce and tomatoes for the ten days I was there.
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Lawmakers are seeking to address cyberbullying with new legislation because there's currently no specific law on the books that deals with it. A fairly new federal cyberstalking law might address such acts, according to Parry Aftab, but no one has been prosecuted under it yet. The proposed federal law would make it illegal to use electronic means to "coerce, intimidate, harass or cause other substantial emotional distress."
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Hell on earth – This place is disgusting. My sister received horrible care and then we had to deal with medical records, the rudest lady I have ever had to deal with. We will never ever go to this dump hole again with such uncaring rude jerks on their staff.
Diagnosed My Mental Illness Accurately – I was admitted in 2000 as I was under-medicated and had a "breakdown". These people took time with a thourough battery of testing and diagnosed me correctly I feel. I thought the staff was helpful, kind and put me on the right track to be sure. I hated the shifting around from ward to ward, though. I was briefly on the substance abuse ward, and the patients were loud and in your face. With my state of mind, they were straight from Hieronymous Bosch. No. I didn't want to be there, but looking back I'm glad I was.
Scary bad mental healthcare. – I was there in 2005 around presidents day (February). OMG, I can't even explain the horror. Right when I got there this old lady patient in a wheelchair peed herself, which went on the floor. We told the people at the desk. They NEVER cleaned it up the entire time I was there. They let psychotic patients watch the movie SAW. The bathroom I shared with three other patients had poop in it on more that one occasion, (and I don't mean a little or a smear, I mean a whole pile). The staff was terrible. I had an injury that I much later had found out developed cellulitus (apparently I'm prone to it), but was told multiple times it was fine and that I just had no willpower not to scratch it (cellulitus itches HORRIBLY). So the only thing they did was put bacitracin on it with a bandage the whole time (I didn't die, lol, but I managed to get through it without anti-biotics not knowing till later it had been cellulitus). There was literally nothing to do there, (these places usually give you things today because bored patients are a pain in the ass) there were some pathetic pictures to color with broken colored pencils and crayons but they were almost all the same picture of a gingerbread man). The food was substandard even for a hospital and supplies (food) were low the whole time. MANY patients there were getting ECT (very unusual, mostly used as a last result, normally). It was reminiscent of the overcrowded underfunded Hospitals before deinstitutionalization. Place was a nightmare, and I wasn't even committed against my will. (they won't let you leave on holidays or weekends, hence I was stuck there for DAYS).
I knew I wouldn't get anything therapeutic out of the situation, because they were overrun with much worse cases (psychotic patients) and couldn't handle the number of people there anyways. I just bode my time until they let me out (Tuesday I believe, I think I got there on Friday night).
Thank you Arbor Hospital – Yes I was there over 10 years ago, but if it wasn't for the Arbor Hospital, I wouldn't be where I am today.
I do have to say. As long as you are there for the right reasons, you will benefit.
Further more I can't understand if it is so bad, why people would choose to go to a place they didn't like to go. I was there for my life. So perhaps that is why I am very thankful to the Arbor Hospital.
Lastly, I have never met anyone that was in a psychiatric hospital that did not need to be there.
So before you write your review, you may need to be more honest with yourself why are you there. Or even who may have put you there.
Life is great and I am currently working on my Medical Degree.
DO NOT ENTER! – I was recently released from this facility and need to tell everyone out there....NEVER go to this place! I have never experianced anything like this in treatment before. First off I should have never been placed there to begin with. It angers me that some hospital emergency rooms can make up thier own opinions as to why you are there.
Upon arrival via ambulance with only a johnny on from the hospital I was led to this dreary office and asked to sign wavers. The "office" was a nasty closet with disgusting sticky floors. I was then strip searched....mind you I only had a johnny and came directly by ambulance. HUMILIATING to say the least.
I was then led to my floor and dropped off with a bag containing my only posessions.....my pajamas from the night before....thats all....was told to wash them because they have issues with bedbugs! NICE initial entrance to the place. I was told where my room was (DISGUSTIING AND DIRTY PLACE) and then saw a doc who after talking to me for 3 minutes maybe, changed some meds and said see you Monday. That was it! That was the only interaction with any mental health professional while I was there. There is noone there to talk to. Basically is is a warehouse for substance abusers that can get any drug they want in there. There were also many people there just avoiding prison! Your day consists of eating crappy food that other patients can handle freely and waiting for one of your 5 cigarette breaks! Thats it! Besides a few good staff members the rest of the staff was rude and disrespectful. Demeaning and unattentive to what I needed as a patient. On the day of discharge these people knew I had no way home which is about a thirty minute ride. I only had my pajamas from the time I got there as family/friends could not get there to help me. I was given 4$ and told that was all they could do to get me home in my pajamas with no shoes! The only good experiance I had is that I met this patient who cared about my well being. She was released the same day and actually cared more about how I was going to get home then the hospital did. She and her boyfriend offered this total stranger a ride to my doorstep. SHAME ON THIS PLACE FOR DISCHARGING ME THE WAY THEY DID! So my suggestion to all is .....DO NOT ENTER...it may make you feel even worse
Dr. Frankenstein I Presume – You would need to be a high functioning, olympic athlete to deal with these people.
I had made full arrangements with the head of the hospital (who was my doc) to enter on a certain day.
When I got there, no one had heard of me, there was no paperwork on me, then they found paperwork but all the details where wrong.
Finally got upstairs and was admitted.
The "therapy" is a joke and consists of people saying things such as "I shaved today".
Food was mediocre.
Staff waivered between competent to truly caring.
My room was a disaster. The bathroom so disgusting that I did not bathe for 6 days.
I left the hospital, detoxed off my drug of choice and was using 15 minutes later.
No aftercare whatsoever.
You want to detox. Faulkner Hospital. 7 South Unit.
Fantastic care, great food, access to snacks like icecream 24/7.
You meet with the head doc, the NCP, you are assigned a counselor and a aftercare program.
Group sessions are informative and really tell you all sorts of useful information.
Not What I expected...but might be what i needed! – I spent one week on North Two recently and learned a lot about myself mostly through interactions with the other patients. Having been to a few other rehabs, the Arbour was clearly not as "fancy" and the patients were a bit "grittier", but the staff was outstanding.
I had a fantastic psychiatrist and also had to consult with an Internal MD who was caring and concerned. My psychiatrist spent plenty of time with me and his advice was extremely helpful. However, my case worker was the only staff member that was NOT helpful and rather insulting. Thanks to the sessions with my psychiatrist I began to learn how to deal with conflicts and "come out of my shell".
I befriended many of the patients that I found intimidating or "gritty". We ended up helping each other and learning from each other. Nurses and other staff members were helpful and willing to talk when I needed it. Often staff came to me and asked if I was ok even though I was not obviously distressed (crying, etc).
Meds were given promptly and on time and if I had a problem with not feeling well, the Dr on call would be contacted and if other meds were needed, it was resolved within 15 minutes.
The only suggestion I have is that there should be more leisure/hobby/craft types of materials available. Books or magazines would be helpful as well. Fortunately, I packed some art supplies and many of the other patients and I spent time drawing during the down times. It was a good ice-breaker and if the units could have some of these items, it might make a big difference regarding patient to patient relationships.
I am grateful for the experience that I had at the Arbour...it was humbling and made me realize how selfish I had become. The distressful issues or problems came from the patients who were loud, demanding, and always complaining. The staff did the best they could, but its pretty hard to make someone change if they are unwilling....
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