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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 16, 1972
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Sunday Ga*tttf*Mail CLICK! 'NORMAL' REACTION TO LIFE IN MENTAL HOSPITAL Volunteer Patient's Actions Are Involuntarv Complaints Lead To Price Cuts WASHINGTON tf) - The Cost of Living Council said Saturday citizens' complaints have led to 2,646 voluntary rollbacks iu prices, wages, and rents during a recent nine-week period. Most of the voluntary rollbacks, 2,117, involved rents. There were 33 wage rollbacks and 496 voluntary price reductions during the period from April 28 to June 23, the council said. "It is clear from initial reports that voluntary action to reduce increased prices wages rent, hospital room rates t fees are saving consumers many thousands of dollars each jweek," said Donald Rumsfeld, (director of the council. He said voluntary rollback actions influenced by citizens' complaints to the Internal Revenue Service which enforces wage-price controls are averaging about 300 per week. The price commission has ordered 60 price rollbacks and directed 20 companies to make refunds to customers. i How does it feel to hear the click of a lock in a mental institution, to he locked up and treated as insane. In a recent experiment 21 mental health workers and hospital employes became patients to see-what it is like to be one of their charges. Mental Health Workers Get View of Hospital Life From Other Side of Locked Doors as 'Patients' STEVE WENDORF, a "staff'jinclude a program patterned! All said they especially felt a lember in the exoeriment. said after fhp pYrwrimpnt ho eaiH harir rf froa.-^TM oa TM»- ,TM,f NEVER MISS TELEPHONE CALLS AGAIN MARK II ANSWER ,,d RECORDER With Viict-ActMtiM Built-in Cassette Recorder .'or receiving incoming messages · Use any renjth cassette. · Voice Controlled Incoming Messages Permits caller to leave any length message up to 60 minutes automatically ·hangs up at end of message. 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Training programs forldid not feel they were being jmental health workers should treated as real people. said they felt at times that they were being deprived of their identity and 93 per cent said they felt as though they were in i prison. a b o u t constantly to: reassure themselves that "ever-j ything is okay because I c a n j --T -- . -- -- ~ t jM»*u£ AO v/n-a/ LKa~dUAC 1 had to be treated like an ani- feel something happening." · w r t i * ) * ' fH »*· i , frTM * ' · · mal?" The woman, Christine Ruiz, is a mental health worker. She posed her question after spend- Tom Richardson, a hospital psychologist who helped design the experiment, said: "It has gotten people to see ways to ing a weekend recently as a change some things." "patient" at Elkin State Hospi-| One "patient,"" who com tal. The weekend was an experi- ! plained about the "horrible ment to show mental hospital!soap." lack of privacy and noise employes what it is like to be in the ward, said after the expe- one of their charges. riment: "My God, my God. If "So many times I was ignored;it's that bad on our own wards just as if I didn't exist," Missive ought to run back right now Ruiz said, "The lost identity andi aa d fix it." dehumanizing, inferior feeling isi Frank Fetters, a worker who all felt by the patients and soi was a "patient," said after" : " ' --·· ward: "I felt like an animal being kept in a bam; I didn't go forgotten by the staff." Twenty-nine employes were _ selected at random to be "pa- to slee P until very late in the tients" in a mock ward. Another {morning; and I didn't sleep very 21 were selected to staff the| we11 -" ward. Observers took notes and' He said his behavior toward filmed the proceedings. .patients changed immediately. « - - i "I was the coach-type," Fet- THE " P A T I E N T S " went \^ s saic l explaining that he was through regular admitting pro-! author itarian and "hollered a cedures and were given showers '"'" *""*"* * *' and issued ill-fitted clothing. They were searched and all per-- sonal belongings were confiscat-l ne lot" trying to control patients. I don't think I've screamed a patient since I got back." at ed. They ate in a dining room with actual mental patients. The "staff" treated the "patients" just as they would treat patients in their wards. They gave tokens as rewards and took away tokens as punishment. Interviews afterward showed the experience was realistic and o f t e n frightening. A questionnaire filled out by participants also demonstrated its realism. "It was scary to me," said Nancy Klein, a DePaul University sociologist who was an adviser to the experiment. She said she feared the employes who became "patients" would regress in their behavior. The patients were anxious, angry and restless. Dr. Donahue Tremaine, a Roosvelt University psychology professor who was j · -j rr --. i «w LO paranoia prooiems in pa- an advisor, said On experiment fonts .are real. I now under- also showed mental hospitals can cause people to react in ways which are considered abnormal. The observers said the now, no matter how ridiculous the patient's request, he said, he has tried toj honor it. STEVE P1SER, a "patient" who escaped several times during the experiment, told an in- SHOP MONDAY AND FRIDAY 9:30-9:00 -OTHH DAYS 'TIL 5:00 (CLOSED SUNDAY) 346-0911 terviewer he it because "things just got a little intense." For him, "the atmosphere changed from hospital to jail." Once, Piser was put into restraints for his recalcitrance. Altogether he found participation in the experiment "a pretty humiliating experience." 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