Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Probably a good book

I have not read this book, but I bet I could write the story, just like I wrote the book and story about my mother. The stories of the mentally are all the same, in-patient, out-patient, going from one doctor to a different one, in and out of either prison or mental institutes, family helps or does not help, tremendous ups and downs, etc. They all hear voices and are usually directly chosen by God to do something that only they can accomplish. I don't mean to sound bitter, but after you hear those stories for 48 years, you really don't want to hear them all over again, just being honest.

Understanding Mental Illness -- Author and Nurse Recalls Twenty Years of Her Life in a Psych Ward

FENTON, Mo., Jan. 7, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Do you know someone who's mentally ill -- or has been in a mental institution? These patients seem very difficult to take care of; that's why their families sent them to mental hospitals. But have you realized the burden hospital attendants are carrying, just to provide for the medical needs of these people? Get a glimpse of Donna Snyder's life as she battles the insanity-causing pressures and complexities during her twenty-year stay in a mental institution with Define Crazy.

Every day came with a new surprise for Donna Snyder when she started working as a member of the nursing staff in VA Medical Center. Through her book, Snyder recounts her experiences from day one until the end of her stay in a psych ward, recalling her patients' idiosyncrasies. She shares her encounters with the psychiatrically ill, and narrates how she was able to adjust to a peculiarly new environment. She revisits the years when she uncomplainingly dealt with those who screamed endlessly in the middle of the night, those who created trouble in the ward, and felt empathy for those who met heartbreaking tragedies at a very young age. Being in a mental institution for twenty long years taught Snyder to understand the reality of mental illness -- a reality we must all accept. As she transferred to another psychiatric institution, Snyder carried with her the lessons she got from her experiences and from the people she worked for.

Define Crazy is an enlightening book which exposes the actual setting of psychiatric institutions, and how the government deals with citizens who need help. It asserts that mental illness is not a condition one must be ashamed of; rather, it is a situation that needs proper attention to avoid unwanted incidents. For more information, log on to

About the Author

Donna Snyder received her nursing license in 1976 and has practiced nursing since. She completed her BSN degree from Webster University in 1998. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals since 1978. She has worked as Supervisor RNIV at the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center, and is currently working in an Acute Psychiatric Unit as a Health Care Professional and Registered Nurse. Additionally, she is President of the Missouri State Nurses Investment Club. Donna lives in St. Louis with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Define Crazy * by Donna Snyder, RN, BSN
A Nurse's 20 Years On A Locked Psych Ward
Publication Date: January 2, 2009
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 138 pages; 978-1-4363-5642-8
Cloth Hardback; $29.99; 138 pages; 978-1-4363-5643-5

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