Stop Stigma, Stop Abuse of Mentally Ill Patients
Mona went to McLean Hospital, considered the "Ritz Carlton" of psychiatric hospitals. They gave her the wrong diagnosis / wrong treatment. For years she was subjected to abuse, verbal and physical, assaults, and violent restraints. We were told she is "difficult". Take any "normal" person, and subject them to the same wrong treatment Mona was subjected to, and that person will also become "difficult".
Mona wrote this:
“…Eventually, I grew too old for adolescent programs and found myself in hospital wards full of patients who no longer expected to get out, and doctors who no longer cared. I was restrained for self harm, then again for locking myself in a restroom, then again for not following directions. Up to six members would pull me down onto a bare mattress in the quiet room, and wrangle my limbs into leather cuffs, which would keep me still until the injected sedatives took effect.
This is how I spent my early twenties.”
Her therapist, Gillian Galen, was not licensed, nor had her Board certification when she started to treat Mona (2009) - we were not told this. For the amount they charged per month, around $40 Thousand (today it costs more) we assumed and expected McLean Hospital to assign a licensed doctor, who had the Board Certification, who was experienced, competent, and professional. Gillian Galen used Mona as her editor; she had told us (parents) on the speakerphone while Mona there how brilliant Mona was; she had picked up errors, etc.
Gillian Galen and Blaise Aguirre took Mona's confidential patient-doctor emails, they copied and pasted to the introduction of their book. In addition they added her case in the book. Mona was categorically against it, and she was upset by it.
By law they needed a signed consent. Mona didn't want her confidential patient-doctor email, nor her case in their book, that's why she wouldn't sign it. She didn't sign a consent. They included her intellectual property anyway, completely disregarding Mona's wishes. Mona filed a complaint, to this day nothing has been done. The book continues to be sold with Mona's intellectual property, still disregarding her wishes. When I complained last year to Dr. Tsimprea, Chief Quality Officer of McLean Hospital - at first she said by law a signed consent is needed - on a phone call naturally overheard by my husband. On another phone call, again naturally overheard by my husband, Dr. Tsimprea simply said, Mona didn't sign a consent form, but Gillian Galen and Blaise Aguirre said that "she gave consent verbally". This is self-serving. It is against the law, They used her intellectual property even though it was illegal.
HIPAA Laws - we were never told of these restraints. Once Mona called crying, they had restrained her for asking to charge her laptop. When we called the hospital, Proctor II, we were told they didn't charge electronics. We had just been there, a line of patients wait for their turn in front of the nurse station, waiting for their electronics to be charged. Mona never spoke to us about how they restrained her - we did not know about this until recently.
We were told there are no locks in restrooms. How could Mona lock herself in a restroom? And restrained for that?
Another good question: how did a patient manage to overdose on Tylenol, and complete suicide in McLean Hospital? I have not been able to find an investigation about this.
And yet another good question: why did McLean Hospital hide a Sex Scandal from the prior president of McLean hospital for over a year?
Why does McLean Hospital try to hide so hard?
Mindfulness Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Paperback - May 1, 2013
by Blaise Aguirre MD (Author), Gillian Galen PsyD (Author)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (May 1, 2013)