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Sitting In The Waiting Room At The Ptsd Clinic

Posted by Tbird , 06 April 2012 · 1574 views

So perhaps it's just me, but it just seems odd to me. but I'll run it past you all and see what you think.


So we have a new building that our PTSD clinic has moved into. The entire front is glass the whole front of the building. In front of of the big window that is the wall are chairs for us to wait in, with our backs to the windows.


Now this puzzles me, as many of us who have PTSD like to have our back to the wall. So since the new building is here I spend my time in the waiting room trying to decide if they purposely designed it this way as some kind of subliminal exposure therapy or is it that no one really gave it any thought. It just seems odd to me.


So funny thing this last visit. I'm sitting in the waiting room pondering the whole glass question when another veteran (tough looking, think biker) comes out this side door and takes a seat by me. He says "I don't like this new system" and I'm like "We got a new system?" and before he can answer they call him in, just before he leaves he says "I don't like these locked doors" and I say "I don't like all this glass" his response "Hear ya" and so that was my latest visit to the PTSD clinic.





I hear ya too. I think it falls on the side of them just not thinking things through. I just can't give them credit for being that creative.

For instance, here the main Behavioral Health moved out of the VAMC across a fairly big city. It's on Leavenworth Street, and across the street is the Turkish Cultural Community Center. Triggers, anyone? I know we're not at war with Turkey, but there are folks walking on the street in traditional clothing....

The waiting area is in the Open Space model. They at least have chairs against the walls, but the reception desk is in the center. Waiting patients can clearly hear everything said at reception, whether by doctors or incoming patients. Naturally, this means everyone else can hear whatever you say, too, including your last 4, your problem, who you're seeing, etc.

Here, too, the doors to the offices are all locked with cipher locks. Guess they're more afraid of us than we are of them....they think.
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