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September 6, 2014 at 7:21 am in reply to: Let Them Sleep In: Docs Want Later School Times for Teens #47031RISNParticipant
As a child, I remember the bi-modal sleep pattern and how my parents fought to keep me in bed (My parents were both teachers). There was a gate installed at the top of the stairs, and I would throw my toys over the gate and climb over during the wee hours of the morning. Finally they removed the gate, realizing that it was a greater danger to my safety than the sleep pattern. I do recall that at age 3, I would awaken and have experiences of an altered state of consciousness (parents called these “nightmares”). I wanted to talk about this, and they did not. If I had been free to find other bi-modal sleepers would I have resolved some of this material earlier in life and avoided capture by psychiatric system?RISNParticipant
Thanks,boans! My son asked me to watch this too. I think that one thing we need more of is to have students who have survived the psychiatric system and those who are just entering adulthood write an Advanced Directive. Colleges and universities are often entry points for the psychiatric system. And once a student turns 18, they can be cut off from their families for support. An advanced directive would inform the family and college of the preferred course of action in the event of an alleged breakdown (Do NOT want medications! D Not want ECT! Do NOT want to go to hospital or ER!). The state university where I work allows other students to report altered states (much like the young woman who was committed by her school). This is an open door for abuse!
It would be interesting to gather a group of senior citizens and hear their stories of entry into the psychiatric system. Everyone probably needs to write an Advanced Directive.