Years of abuse, neglect and trauma that I internalized as self-blame led to psychiatric hospitalization. The hospitalization itself as well as some of the interventions, particularly seclusion and restraint, added additional layers of damage. Through learning about the dynamics of oppression and doing emotional release work alongside other people on similar journeys, I have been able to “clean the lens” and free myself from the internalization of oppression well enough to realize that there was never anything wrong with me.

The Human Impact of Seclusion and Restraint – Lauren Spiro (PDF, 68KB, 3 pages)