Why I Was First Hospitalized


I was first hospitalized in 1994 or 1995 because I had a psychotic breakdown. I was riding the ‘L’ home from work with my then-husband and I began seeing things, but they were superimposed onto what everybody else saw — reality, I guess. I saw Andy Warhol-like paintings, where the piece is divided into quadrants. I’d been feeling really depressed for a while before this happened, although I hadn’t been seeing things until that day.

We got off at a stop located near a hospital and went to the ER. They determined that I needed to stay in the Behavioral Unit (euphemism for “psych ward”), and that was that.

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I hold an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. I'm a fiction writer, blogger, wife, pet mom, and Ohio State Buckeye!