Thursday, January 26, 2023

‘What If Yale Finds Out?’

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2020

From The Washington Post: “Confined to a room at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, S. asked her nurses and doctors with growing fear, ‘Do you have to tell them?’

Yes, they replied. Because she was a student, hospital staffers said, they needed to let college officials know, she recalled. They gave her consent papers to sign for the release of her medical information. She remembers how vulnerable she felt in her thin hospital clothes as she signed the release.

. . . Yale officials quickly set up a Zoom call with S. on a hospital laptop in a small, bare room. On the screen, she said, was Paul Hoffman, the psychologist in charge of student mental health at Yale.

She told him about the rape she’d experienced — but had never reported because she didn’t want her parents to know — and how it had sent her spiraling into suicidal thoughts.

He nodded and took notes. A few days later, he arranged a second Zoom call, with her and her parents.

‘We’re going to recommend you take a medical withdrawal,’ he told her, she said.

‘Do I have to?’ S. remembers asking him.

‘We’re going to strongly recommend it,’ Hoffman replied.

. . . For S., leaving Yale meant losing her friends and mentors — people who had kept her afloat during her depression. It meant losing her routine, her lab research, her four-year plan to get into medical school. Losing all the things that gave her purpose, identity and support when she needed them most.

S. had followed the campus debate in the wake of Shaw-Rosenbaum’s suicide. She knew Yale could force her to withdraw if she didn’t leave on her own.

As soon as the Zoom call with Hoffman ended, hospital staffers handed her the cellphone they’d taken when she arrived. She began typing out the email Hoffman had asked her to send. ‘Good afternoon,’ it read. ‘I am requesting a medical withdrawal.’

In coming months, S. would look back to that moment with anger and regret. It wasn’t what she imagined when she was admitted to Yale, one of the country’s most prestigious universities. She recalled how her family screamed for joy. How special she felt when Yale found out Brown and Northwestern had also accepted her and raised her financial aid to match what they would provide.

‘They make you feel like you’re the best of the best, like this bright and shiny thing,’ she said. ‘But as soon as something’s wrong, they want nothing to do with you.’

It had been difficult to get into Yale. She would soon learn how daunting it was for those exiled from the university to return.

. . . In 2018, researchers at the Ruderman Foundation, which advocates for the disabled, assessed the mental health withdrawal policies at all eight Ivy League schools. No university received a grade above D+, and Yale received an F.

. . . ‘It’s hard to explain what’s so dehumanizing about it that it’s haunted me for two decades,’ said Alicia Floyd, who withdrew after a suicide attempt in 2000 and now works as a doctor. ‘It’s the betrayal you feel, the violation. Realizing how unimportant you are to this institution that you had such high hopes for. The trauma of how they treated me has outlasted many other issues I had.'”

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14 COMMENTS

  1. ‘They make you feel like you’re the best of the best, like this bright and shiny thing,’ she said. ‘But as soon as something’s wrong, they want nothing to do with you.’

    But isn’t this part of how they maintain their image of the best and brightest that you bought into in the first place?

  2. Of course, as soon as students start showing signs of natural responses to trauma, or God Forbid empathy for what others have to go through who aren’t so privileged to end up at Yale or other Ivy League Colleges…

    How dare they not be happy to be so privileged….

    Let alone what their schools teach regarding “mental health.”

  3. From first hand experience, I can say that Yale’s self constructed image of wokeness and egalitarianism is in many ways just a facade.
    A former employee, I got a letter from the University health services (my health insurance providers) one day stating that I had reached my “lifetime limit” of coverage for mental health problems, and that the health service would not pay any portion of any mental health expenses, whether inpatient or outpatient, from that date forward. This was in direct violation of parity laws which had already been passed. I suppose I could have tried to fight them on it, but at that point I had already been sufficiently blamed and shamed into silence.
    The funny part was that the treatment they were done paying for — once a week therapy and “medication” from a Yale trained psychiatrist who as it turned out was keeping no records of anything, including all the ridiculous amounts of “medication” he was prescribing to me — had already done so much damage at that point that I was well on my way to being disabled. Everyone around me was insisting that I “get help”. The more help I got, the more difficult it was to function at my job or anything else.
    This was the 90s, the decade of the brain when everyone was listening to Prozac and proselytizing about how “mental illness” was a chemical imbalance in the brain that needed to be corrected with medication. When I didn’t “respond to” the “medication”, I was labeled treatment resistant and passed on to another Dr who recommended ECT. The downward spiral had begun.

  4. It’s interesting to hear the perspective of students. As an employee, I was well aware that I was viewed as eminently replaceable. I remember being told by superiors, repeatedly, “you’re just a pair of hands,” and, “you need to remember, you’re not a real person here.”

    • KateL says, “As an employee, I was well aware that I was viewed as being eminently replaceable. I remember being told, “you’re just a pair of hands,” and, “you need to remember, you’re not a real person here.”

      And neither are the students.

      Totally hypocritical and totally disgusting. But THAT’S what “wokeness” amounts to: judgmental, hypocritical, hate-filled, and glorified self-pity.

      This shows how morally bankrupt the eastern establishment can be. It’s all about image, ego and competition, and success at any cost. They’re convinced of their moral superiority, but all it is is a twisted, secular version of the prosperity gospel.

  5. I’m glad this story is published in a widely-read newspaper, as more publicity will let college-bound students know the harsh realities of not only college life, but the realities of life in general.

    If students need counseling, they should get it—promptly, and the sessions need to be kept private. But I hope the increase in demand for counseling services doesn’t lead to more people being drugged.

    Please read this and cry: blog.nomorefakenews.com/dontletyourchildseeapsychiatrists.ever and scroll down to the story of “Roberta”.
    It’s from Dr. Breggin’s book, “Toxic Psychiatry”

    • And I’m not surprised that the Ivy Leagues are the slowest to institute more humane mental health policies for students. But what does anyone expect from such lofty institutions soaked in snobbery and polished with greed? Where the most important thing to the school is the school’s reputation? It the cold-blooded Eastern Ethos in action, that’s for sure. And it always seemed incongruous to me how these “rarified centers of learning” can act so barbarically. But maybe it’s one of the ways they get away with charging such high tuition.

      One lesson worth learning: college is big business, and big business doesn’t care about YOU. And no college is worth killing yourself over. EVER.