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

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

Ward Miseries Are Worse for Women

by: Michael Mok | publication date: March 23, 1961 | Publication: New York World-Telegram and Sun | pages: 1

My stay in the locked wards was the direct result of scores of letters this newspaper received from former patients of Kings County.  One of those detailed the experiences of a sane woman, who was admitted to "G" Building, suffering from depression brought on by menopause. For 12 days she lived in the center of the vortex: She saw senile women, tied in wheelchairs, who helplessly fouled their gowns all day long. She saw little girls - the youngest 9 - living among sex exhibitionists, drunks, dope addicts and desperately disturbed women of all sorts. 

In the eighth, and second to last, installment of his "I Was a Mental Patient" series, Mok relays the experience of a middle-aged woman who was committed to Kings County psychiatric ward for 12 days.

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