Sunday, June 06, 2004
Worked 11-7 last night, children's inpatient psych, long-term resident children. It's not ALWAYS the fault of parent/s, but all too often that seems to be how it gets started. It's drearily the same story for almost all of them -- sexually abused, neglected, beaten; drugs or alcohol during the pregnancy; unloved and unwanted, they either are out of control or they try suicide. Sometimes they are prostituted by their parents. I can't imagine spending my childhood on a psych ward, but that's what is happening to these children (average age for this unit is 13). And what's sadder yet is that most of them LIKE being on the unit because it's the only place they've ever felt safe.