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What a week in the hospital meant for my healing process -- and for my writing


For someone on the outside, a stay at a psychiatric ward may seem shameful. When I checked myself in earlier this year, I was afraid, uncertain, and, yes, ashamed. But I also knew it was necessary. What I didn't know is how much the treatment would affect my work as a writer and how DBT would change my life. This post will cover the stigma surrounding hospitalization, my perspective in the aftermath, and the utility I found in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.


Melissa Smith

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