I began working with Juanita, newly diagnosed with Disassociative Identity Disorder. "The destructive alter immediately closed the space between us and grabbed me around the throat. Because of her diminutive size, I don't think I ever felt threatened, but I was nevertheless scared by the appearance of this apparition I didn't go away, I remained steadfast."
In her new book, Thirteen Years in a Psychiatric Hospital, author Lorraine Limero allows readers to step through the locked doors of psychiatry and meet the disenfranchised, the depressed and suicidal, the psychotic - all individuals bruised by life.
Limero entered the world of Psychology because she was grieved by the spate of suicides among high school students in her community. Juxtaposed to this horrible loss was a deep yearning inside to make more of her life. She wanted to utilize her qualities of compassion and tenderness to reach the disenfranchised and beleaguered, believing that everyone has a spark of the Divine.
Limero is convinced that healthy communication was endemic to supportive and responsive families. She has concluded that the definition of "family" has been altered dramatically over recent generations so that support is often given by those who are neither relatives nor friends. Families rarely remain in insulated communities for their lifetimes. Noticing a chasm where there once was connection, Limero was eager to provide emotional ballast to the mentally ill who are scorned and shunned by the very people who should provide them love.
There are many myths engendered by those who neither understand nor acknowledge mental illness as a physical malady. The very words that describe sufferers are highly pathologizing, as if this population was "bad" vs. "ill." Her desire in writing this text is to demystify the process of treatment and recovery.
For more information regarding Thirteen Years in a Psychiatric Hospital, or author Lorraine Limero, please contact Green Ivy Publishing.