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Losing TimHow Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia$
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Paul Gionfriddo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168281

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168281.001.0001

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Hospitalization from the Northwest to Middletown

Hospitalization from the Northwest to Middletown

(p.125) Nine Hospitalization from the Northwest to Middletown
Losing Tim

Paul Gionfriddo

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Tim's admission to a community psychiatric hospital. His psychiatrist observed that Tim's symptoms could be related to either bipolar disorder or schizo-affective disorder. Tim's father noted how the psychologist and psychiatrist had different ideas concerning Tim's treatment: the psychiatrist seemed certain that Tim needed an anti-psychotic drug, while the psychologist recommended the use of an antidepressant. Tim's hospital environment was less stressful than school, with a simple routine consisting of meals, counseling, quiet time, and recreation. Eventually, his discharge summary indicated that Tim needed medication to manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior, auditory hallucinations, paranoia, and inattention.

Keywords:   psychiatric hospital, bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder, anti-psychotic drugs, antidepressants, depression, anxiety, paranoia, inattention

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