One Patient’s Mission to Shatter Psych Ward Stigmas

One Patient’s Mission to Shatter Psych Ward Stigmas

When you hear the term “psych ward,” what first comes to mind? Even if you’re pretty open-minded, you probably don’t picture me. I’m a composed young woman with perky, brown curls for days. I’m soft-spoken and you wouldn’t pick me out from a crowd. I earned a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan, where I was heavily involved in student organizations and a research lab. I even danced in “The Nutcracker” with the Ann Arbor Ballet Theater. Yet, I’ve been admitted to U-M’s adult psychiatric unit twice and have been admitted to other behavioral health...

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