This week was nothing out of the ordinary. A License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from the power center came to the Psych Ward to facilitate a group discussion. A few of the patients decided to participate. In this group session the subject of dogs dominated the session. Mike described how he used to own attack dogs, and how those dogs helped him elude police. While two other patients described the type of dogs they used to own. It was a good session allowing patients to remember a time in their life when something mattered. Being a caretaker of an animal who depended on them for food, shelter and emotional connection it can be a stabilizing factor. This is something that mentally sound people take for granted.
There were other developments in the Psych Ward. Ann-Marie, the young woman from Haiti revealed to the LCSW that she finally contacted her mother and that her mother sent her some money for her birthday. It is somewhat surprising because according to Ann-Marie’s chart, her family abandoned her upon her arrival to the U.S by admitting her to the Psych Ward. They never looked back or visited her. Ann-Marie also revealed that her mother used to hit her all the time, but Ann-Marie insists that despite what her mother did to her she still loves her (https://truegeorge.com/2016/07/20/crying-to-mommy/).
This is a typical response of an abused or oppressed person. No matter how they were treated the abuse/oppressed person still look to the oppressor longing to be accepted. They may actually feel some type of affinity towards the abuser/oppressor. When it comes to mentally ill people they tend to get abused by those around them. After all mentally ill people brings frustration and a lot of stress to those who care for them and the care takers probably have no support in dealing with the mentally ill family member so their frustrations are taken out on the mentally ill person. Then at some point the mentally ill person will be abandoned.
Ann Marie’s chart confirms that there was some type of abuse that was meted out by the family because of her slow mental condition, which climaxed to the physical abandonment, yet Ann-Marie still wants to be connected with her family despite the treatment she received from them.
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