IamA worker at a state Psychiatric Center. I have seen too much, AMAA!
Update: This blew up faster than I'm able to handle lol Sorry for any delays in responding. I'll get to everything, promise!
Thank you all SO much for the support and well wishes.
If it's at all possible, please try to come away from this with a better understanding of our mental health system. It's suffering, but it's on the right track. We need people to support the reform that's slooooowly taking place to help it go faster and spread wider.
Update 2: Wow, officially overwhelmed at this point. I have to take a break.
Thank you all so much for your questions and support!
I'll be back to answer as many more as I can soon.
I'd love to answer almost any question: Let 'er rip!
My short bio: I can't disclose too much as I may risk my job (NDA of sorts) but basically I work at many of the few remaining psychiatric hospitals in New York State.
I come into contact with roughly 200 patients a day, have seen everything from patients eating their own feces to dead bodies, and I recently ran into a co-worker who was a fellow redditor. He suggested I do an AMA.
I'm in my mid-twenties, don't have a degree, and got into this line of work by taking a test and waiting on a list. I love my job, and although I may come off as a cynic and a "tard hater" I truly do feel for these people and work very hard every day to help them.
My job specifically is that I assist them in obtaining legal help when they need it (they do often) for free because most law firms will not help them due to the difficulty of their cases.
My Proof: I'll need a mod to let me know the best way to provide proof here as I can't just take a picture of my ID. Trying to avoid getting in trouble here.
Edit: Uploading proof to a mod now. (11:02am)
Edit 2: Had to change the proof a bit. Almost there. (11:20am)