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Fort Lauderdale Hospital is a more than 100-bed fully licensed health care organization that offers medical and surgical services to individuals and families. It employs a staff of physicians, nurses, therapists, counselors and technicians. The organization provides inpatient and outpatient care services to adults and adolescents who suffer from psychiatric and chemical dependency problems. Fort Lauderdale Hospital also offers treatment, schooling and social rehabilitative services to adolescents between 11 and 18 years of age. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., it additionally operates the Pride Institute that provides psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment to members of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. The organization s intensive outpatient program offers structured group therapy services and education regarding addiction-related diseases to patients.
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0 STARS! This place should be shut down! I recently had a friend go here in need of psych help. He told the nurse that he was going to kill himself and the nurse told him he was a liar. He told the nurse that if he left the hospital, he would walk into oncoming traffic. The nurse let him leave WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW. Thank goodness he called me and I took him to a different hospital where he was immediately baker acted and treated. Do NOT take anyone here! I work in the medical field and what they did to him is absolutely disgusting and heartbreaking. What if he had killed himself? Do your research about this place about all of the children they have literally killed with psych meds.



You would think this is a free clinic. My friend brings her daughter there, waits for hours and watches evertone on the waiting room leave frustrated one by one. So sad, no manners.



Do NOT admit anyone that you love here. It is a living nightmare. We had a loved one become a patient here and nothing good came from it~ he ultimately lost his life. Now trying to get copies of his medical records has become equally frustrating. I've been calling repeatedly only to get transferred to voice mail with no response. Please, please learn from our sad experience and go elsewhere~ notice there are no email contacts for administrators or anyone on their website. Such regret for us....



Major Dump! I was subjected to being in close proximity to crazy people coming off of heavy drugs. Long wait to be admitted (5 hrs.) The rooms are horrible. I had to wait 3 days just to see a psychiatrist. Then he wouldn't release me until the next day until I had a meeting with him and my family. I was released with no such meeting. I was not given meds until I saw the doc. who I had to wait 3 days for! Never ever send anyone there! I was transferred there from another hospital b/c there was no room. I will never go to the hospital for mental issues again. Never want to see that horrible place again!!!



They like to overmedicate at this place, for example:

A Tamarac mother sued Fort Lauderdale Hospital and a psychiatrist who worked there, saying they overmedicated her teenage son with a cocktail of mental health drugs — some of which have not been approved for the treatment of children.

The boy, Emilio Villamar, died of a sudden heart attack. He was 16.

Emilio was found slumped over in his room at Fort Lauderdale Hospital — where he was being treated against his will behind locked doors— with blood dripping from his mouth or nose. He was taken by ambulance to Broward General Hospital, where he slipped into a coma and died.

Peter Ventre will lie on your medical records, get a copy.


One thing I can tell you with ...

One thing I can tell you with absolute certainty is that in the psychiatry business, the culture of ‘looking the other way’ is the norm, not the exception. You would be extremely hard pressed to find anyone working in a psych ward that will speak up when viscous crimes are committed by staff against other human beings. The fact is that I’ve never once met anyone in the business that has done so. After years of research I asked, what is it that drives psychopaths to seek careers in psychiatry? I know exactly why. First you have to understand what a true psychopath is. It is a person who has no conscience, no sense of right or wrong, no guilt, shame, empathy, or anything within the usual set of characteristics that make one human. And they are attracted to occupations where they have power over others. To get others in a position where there are no witnesses, and in a setting where the psychopath seemingly has near unquestionable credibility. Once the victims are thrown into this scenario, the psychopaths are free to inflict any means of torture and abuse they want until they get their psychological ‘high’.

When your loved one makes those "help me" phone calls from this place , they aint lieing.



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Denied informed consent to treatment

You will be treated like trash in this place. I asked about my informed consent like it sais on the patient bill of rights and was ignored. It looks like this:

I, the undersigned, understand that I am about to be prescribed one or more drugs by Dr. __________________.

The drug(s) I am to be prescribed is (are) the following:

I understand that a DSM-IV diagnostic label has been assigned to me, based on my doctor's (and perhaps also on other people's) subjective judgment of my speech, manner, and behavior during our meeting, which lasted approximately _____ minutes.

I understand that although my doctor says that I am sick or that I have a treatable illness or disease, he or she is just using a figure of speech and cannot establish, with any test or procedure known to medical science that I in fact ""have"" the ""illness"" implied by the diagnostic label.

Indeed, I am aware that although medical opinion may now hold that a ""chemical imbalance,"" a ""brain abnormality,"" or some physical problem ""underlies"" or ""produces"" my distress or suffering, no objective information (through lab tests, scans, etc.) concerning the state of my body has been obtained in order to arrive at a DSM-IV diagnosis. If, by chance, such information has been obtained for that purpose, I understand that this information plays no role whatsoever in fulfilling any criteria for any DSM-IV diagnosisor diagnoses that I have been given by my physician except perhaps for diagnoses related to drug-induced disorders such as tardive dyskinesia.

I understand that the drug I am about to take cannot restore any of my physical or psychological functions ""back to normal."" Rather, the drug is expected to produce many new mental and physical symptoms, which might help make my original complaints seem less disturbing for a while.

I have been informed, if I am prescribed a neuroleptic drug such as Haldol or Risperdal and if I take it regularly for a few years, that I have at least a 30% chance over the next 5 years of developing tardive dyskinesia, a possibly irreversible disorder characterized by abnormal involuntary movements of my face or other body parts. I have been informed that I may also suffer from other acute or chronic movement problems, such as parkinsonism, akathisia, and dystonia, and their associated unpleasant mental states.

I have been informed that if I am prescribed lithium, I do not have a ""lack"" of lithium in my body, nor can such a ""lack"" be demonstrated by any existing test. I understand that the blood tests that I will undergo regularly will be for the sole purpose of determining just how much lithium has been introduced into my bloodstream and whether this could produce toxic symptoms, since, as a result of the mental dullness that lithium is expected to produce, I will be in no position to recognize some of these toxic symptoms.

I understand that the drug is likely to provoke various unpleasant effects when I stop taking it, especially if I stop too suddenly. I understand that although withdrawal reactions are systematically ignored in psychiatric drug treatment or research, they might represent the worst part of my whole drug-taking episode. I further understand that these reactions will often closely resemble the original symptoms for which the drug was prescribed to me, and are likely to be taken for a return of these symptoms (a ""relapse""), rather than for withdrawal effects. I realize that my doctor or the researcher is likely to interpret these reactions as a sign that my ""illness"" is chronic and that my drug is ""effective.""


The subjective experience of b...

The subjective experience of being forcibly injected with psychotropic drugs

and left isolated has created one of my longest-standing recurring nightmares.

There I was, a confused and frightened young person. I felt at the time that I

needed respite, advice, support and comfort. Instead, the impact of the coerced

psychiatric drugs felt like a wrecking ball to the cathedral of my mind, a mind

which was indeed troubled, but which I valued nonetheless. While on coerced

neuroleptic psychiatric medication, also known as antipsychotics, the more I tried

to focus and think, the more difficult I found the task. I developed a number of

physical side effects to the medications that some might consider trivial, but that I

found upsetting, such as muscle contortions in my legs and back plus blurry vision. All in

all, I felt humiliated, disrespected and voilated. I certainly did not feel a high level

of trust with my mental health providers that might have been more conducive to a

therapeutic relationship.


First things first . If a love...

First things first . If a loved one is calling you from this sadistic Hell-Hole saying please get me out of here, do it. This place IS Abusive.

My "Crime", I was in florida and got sick from over drinking vodka and needed alcohol detox medication, That is how I became imprisoned at "Fort Lauderdale Hospital". My stay started with the door locked behind me, I realized this when I went to go out for a cigarette so I could focus on the intake paperwork... Too Late I was to be another victim of these sick people who run this place. Your intake includes a "BODY CHECK" by this rubber glove pervert who gets off on it. He tells me "SQUAT AND COUGH" I attempt to refuse such disgusting treatment and am told to comply or things "could get rough" so its NAKED and SQUAT AND COUGH.

The next day I am accused of mental illness, coerced medication is part of the program. 800mg seraquel, trileptal (some "mood stablizer" Squat and cough put me in a bad mood) and haldol 20 mg. "Mouth Checks" That's for patients who don't know or are afraid to refuse toxic amounts of CHEMICAL RESTRAINTS.

I will never forget at dinner when this young woman refused an "order" to sit down and said "No I want a salad, I didn't get a salad" was forcibly grabbed and removed from the cafeteria. I will never forget her screams of terror as she is dragged to the elevator and then pinned in the back of the elevator forearm across the chest by this sick sadistic control freak. No female actor in any horror movie could replicate a real life terror screams like I heard in real life as this young woman was assaulted.

I was realy upset by this, but to them it was a lesson to the other patients.

As for me " My refusal to take medication is a symptom of my illness" DSM IV, Whats my illness? Intelligence? Compassion for others?

Alcoholism, ya

Do not send your loved one to this place ! I heard over and over on those Phones "Get me out of here". This Place is a discrace to human rights.

Here is some information I found online that you may find usefull to other victims:

Citizens Commission of Human Rights International

6616 Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA. USA 90028

Telephone: (323) 467-4242

1-(800) 869-2247

Fax: (323) 467-3720


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