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The story of Gennie Pilarski

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Eldorado
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"Genevieve “Gennie” Pilarski quietly passed away in her nursing home room one September day in 1998 at the age of 79.

"Few noticed or cared as she had been a prisoner of Illinois state mental institutions for over 50 years.

"Gennie’s parents had her committed to Manteno State Hospital in 1944 when she was only 25.

"But after being committed to Manteno, Gennie would never be the same.

"The state would take her freedom, and the doctors would take her sanity."

Full 2013 article at Sometimes Interesting magazine: Link

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Piney

That was horrible......:hmm:

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Iilaa'mpuul'xem

Horrendous, what a sad story and life... Really awful. 

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Alchopwn
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On 4/13/2020 at 10:51 PM, Eldorado said:

"Genevieve “Gennie” Pilarski quietly passed away in her nursing home room one September day in 1998 at the age of 79.

"Few noticed or cared as she had been a prisoner of Illinois state mental institutions for over 50 years.

"Gennie’s parents had her committed to Manteno State Hospital in 1944 when she was only 25.

"But after being committed to Manteno, Gennie would never be the same.

"The state would take her freedom, and the doctors would take her sanity."

Full 2013 article at Sometimes Interesting magazine: Link

The horrible Catch-22 of US mental treatment.  Will we as a civilization ever get this right, when we can't even respect each other's basic human rights in more ordinary fields of human endeavour ?  There are still states in the USA where parents can sentence their kids to involuntary mental health detention.  Mostly this is done with great care, but then you have abusive parents who use their system to further damage their kids.  State level mental health in the USA is normally pretty terrible.  Your safest bet is to get committed to a newly made facility, as funding will still be good for a decade or so. *Shudder*

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psyche101

Sad story and a very interesting website. I've read a couple of those stories so far. Thanks for the link :tu:

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