ED Magedson – Founder
Stony Brook Hospital CPEP101 Nicolls Rd, Stony Brook Stony Brook, New York USA
Stony Brook Hospital CPEP Abuse, Neglect, and Poor Living Conditions. Stony Brook New York
I expierenced a couple of bad weeks in my life and decided to drink myself into obliteration. I ran my mouth off a little too much in my dispair and my mother, not used to seeing me in this state and being the poor naive woman that she is called for help. She later told me she expected me to sleep it off under the care of mental health experts. In my drunken stuper I willingly went to Stony Brook CPEP. I spent around 15 hours in their "care" before I was cut lose to go back to my life. In that time I was exposed to the sad truth of modern medicine.
I've never been to a place like this. While there, I witnessed and experienced some of the worst things I've ever seen with my own two eyes. Considering the circumstances, people who are brought there should be recieving healthcare. There was NO healthcare being provided what-so-ever. You are being PUNISHED for falling weak. It is obvious that the system is used as a money racket for the hospital. In the meantime the staff gets off on the pain and suffering of the patients. This facility needs to be investigated and the truth needs to come out. It is a machine, it operates without any checks and balances. It is out of control.
With the exception of a few lower level employees the staff was horrible. I liken the human sympathy they had for the people in there to that of Auschwitz, no exaggeration. Some of them wouldn't even look you in the eye. They talk down to you like you are a sub-human. Patients would knock on the glass and try to talk with the staff and they wouldn't even acknowledge them. The director was one of the most angry condescending people I've ever met. She was a short indian woman, and she makes it very clear that she does not care about you or your situation. God forbid you approach her and ask a question. I don't care what her justification in her mind is, it might not be a crime but IT IS WRONG! It literally reminded me of the n**i woman in the labor camps. One female patient found out she was going to be released and she went to hug her. It broke my heart to see the director push her away and laugh, "No no no, Hahah sorry, you can't touch me" and then walk away. It was obvious that she loved saying that and being a "better" human being. The best part is these people are not "better", I don't consider them to be productive members of society. They are a stain on humanity and I know history will reveal it that way.
If the dehumanizing treatment wasn't enough, the medical negligence put it over the top. A lot of patients and myself included were on various forms of medication. CPEP did not provide necessary medication to any of the patients. Some of them were supposed to be taking Xanax, a couple guys were in need of Suboxone, and other medications that induced forced withdrawl symptoms and health risks. I considered this to be a form of cruel and unusual punishment.
The living conditions were a disgrace... The bedrooms were disgusting, ants crawling on the floor, feces, food, dirty cloths. This place should be condemned. SHAME on anyone who is involved in the care of patients at this facility. In our modern era, how does stuff like this go on in this world.
To the staff of Stony Brook Hospital, you should be ASHAMED of yourself. You are a disgrace to everything it is to be human. You should all be investigated. I hope one day you know the true meaning of JUSTICE! You don't have a clue to what psychiatry really is. Your education was derived strictly from pharmaceutical companys. You don't have a mind to think for yourself and realize the inherent inhumanity in the work you do. Or worse, you get off on the suffering of others. I got more human interaction from the orderlies than I got from the Doctors and Nurses. Sure, some patients come through like a revolving door. But most people that come into your care are at a hard spot in their lives. And you do a great job reminding them how our society has lost it's compassion for human life. IF I WORKED at CPEP, I would QUIT tommorow and testify to the human rights violations that go in there. THERE'S NO EXCUSE! It might be a long way from Auschwitz but I could never allow myself to bare witness to these abuses and not say anything. Maybe the only people who are left to employe are the narsastic control freaks... Maybe, THEY NEED TO BE IN THERE. I wasn't the only one who felt this way. There was some staff that agreed 100% with my disposition. Some of them expressed a sense of sorrow for what they've let go on for too long. One man said to me, "I'm not like them (The doctors and nurses), I'm not gonna put my feet up on the desk and play on my phone while a patient is waiting to be seen. I'm gonna talk to them and see if they need anything, and do what I can to see that they get it." One of the staff members even expressed his intention to work his way up and change the way CPEP deals with mental health. Both of them came out and sat with myself and the other patients at the table and we spoke with no pre-concieved notions or condescending attitudes. Thank you gentelman for being one of the few humane people left. You should be running that place.
What's the problem and why this is such an injustice? It is well documented that many suicidal people are struggling with complex personal histories of trauma. For these people, involuntary psychiatric treatment further traumatised them, often worsening or indeed sometimes triggering suicidal feelings. More generally, if we understand suicidality as a crisis of the self i.e. rather than the consequence of some "mental illness" then it simply does not make sense to further attack an already fragile sense of self. It is hard to imagine anything less helpful for the suicidal person than to be assaulted by those you seek help from at a time of such crisis. After making the mistake of feeling sad, a doctor meets with you and asks you some questions. After about a 10 minute interview the doctor is going to JUDGE YOU and your life, tell you what YOU NEED, and whether or not you can go home.
The truth will come out about this facility and god forbid, others like it. I had NO IDEA it was like this. I remember seeing a video on the news a few years ago about Esmin Green, a woman who keeled over and died in a Brooklyn facility like Stony Brook CPEP. She was left to die on the floor as the staff watched on and did NOTHING. I can promise you had the same thing happened at Stony Brook CPEP, the patient would recieve the same reaction and care. This is my warning to society, I've seen the inside of this place. IF YOU DON'T TAKE ACTION NOW, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER ESMIN GREEN. Let it be known on this day that you were warned. If we fail to act, and my prediction comes true, look back on this review in shame.
I believe if the rest of the world saw what I saw they would be outraged. Stony Brook CPEP should be shut down immediately. Anyone involved in the care of patients should be investigated. This is a serious problem in healthcare. It is a broken system. I feel so sorry for the poor and indigent people that are subject to the abuse of this system and that don't have a voice. Obviously nobody will listen to them. We have to change our thinking about healthcare and approach to people in crisis. People who justify their involvment in these places should be held accountable. I might not have went to medical school, but I know what right and wrong is. SHAME ON YOU. If you're saying to yourself "I'm just doing my job." and you think you're immune from prosecution, you might want to crack open a history book and look into "The Nuremberg Trials"
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