VII-"I Was A Mental Patient" - Michael Mok - New York Telegram and Sun

VII-"I Was A Mental Patient" - Michael Mok - New York Telegram and Sun

Entering Hospital Easier Than Exit

by: Michael Mok | publication date: March 22, 1961 | Publication: New York World-Telegram and Sun | pages: 1

Then I was summoned to see my psychiatrist. Our session came about at my request because I wanted to know what the hospital was planning to do with me. This interview just lasted a few moments, in contrast to the first meeting, which was 20 minutes long. The doctor said that three courses of action were open: I might be retained at the hospital for further observation; I might be committed to a state mental hospital; or I might be released. He added that his decision would have to be backed up by the judgement of his immediate superior, whom I might see very soon.

In the seventh article, Mok describes the ordeal of convincing his psychiatrist to release him from Kings County psychiatric ward.

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