satanism today and tomorrow

Surviving in a Mental Hospital

Vladimir Guzhov, Dana Liz


No matter how sane and rationally thinking you are, you always have a risk of being placed into a mental hospital. Especially high is this risk if you practice any occult things or consume psychedelic substances. Generally, anything that makes you different from others in any regard can become a reason to put you into the Cuckoo's Nest. It can be the police that has caught you for something minor and questioned your mental health. Or (if you are a teenager) your parents can do it of absolutely good intentions (which pave the road… you know where this road goes). It can be just an accident… yes, a real accident: one guy fell down from a cottage roof, and people decided that it was a suicide attempt (a real case!). Or (a real case again): a guitar broke down leaving scars on another guy's wrist and he got there as an attempted suicide. It can be ordinary health issues, like headaches or a sport injury on the head. Many ways go to the Cuckoo's Nest.

If you got there, you can meet all kinds of strange people: observers of aliens and ghosts, mathematicians that went mad of their formulas, alcohol addict artists and musicians, users of all possible drugs, criminals that committed something really mad... What you cannot find in the mental hospital is two things: law and human rights. Remember this: no law and no rights can protect you if you are a mental patient. Whatever you do, psychiatrists can always declare you non compos mentis, and there is no way to appeal against their expertize. Whatever you do, it's always interpreted as symptoms of a mental illness. Therefore – be extremely careful.

First of all, do all your best to not to get there. If you got a head injury or whatever other reason to consider sending you to the mental clinic – try to play an as boring and ordinary person as you can. Say that you don't feel any differences from before, you don't see, hear or smell anything unusual. Say that you don't believe in god, devil, UFOs, whatever else... that you're not interested in occultism, mysticism, horror or porno movies and stories. Say that you like all the people, world and society around you. Say that you don't remember when you've had a headache or sad mood last time. Say that you're not afraid of darkness, skyscraper roofs, insects, mice… otherwise they will write in your file that you are getting into panic of all of this. If you see a plane in the sky – don't notice it, otherwise they will write that you are “seeing planes in the sky” (yes, a real case). If you have difficulties in memorizing things – forget about this.

If, despite of all your effort, they are carrying you to the mental hospital, – don't resist. Try to be as calm as you can, because the first impression of you counts much for you fate there. Answer their questions with simple phrases, keep on playing a boring person, and don't protest.

Don't even dream of being released from the mental hospital after a couple of days. If you got there for some minor reason, you are going to make from one to three weeks. There is much that depends on you; one can say that your fate in the mental hospital counts so:
30% – severity of the reason why you are there;
60% – your behavior there, what you are saying and doing;
10% – individual features of the doctors and the institution.
Anyway, be prepared for a long stay there; if they assign a psychiatric condition on you, you are going to spend at least two months in the institution.

Don't be scared of other patients in the mental hospital. They look so weird because of the medicine they are taking; if you take everything prescribed for you, you'll become such a lunatic too. Make good relationships with the other patients; they can tell you, which medications you can safely take, which are better to throw away, and which are worth sparing for future psychedelic trips.

Again, try to look calm, play an ordinary boring person as much as you can. If you know the reason why you are there, confirm a very-very mild version of it. Be polite with the hospital staff and make an impression that you trust them – but never trust them even a single cent. What psychiatrists tell you differs from what they are thinking, and what they write in your file is different from what they are thinking and saying. You cannot guess what the doctor is thinking about you; this is him who can read you like a book, not vice versa.

However, the author of this book is you. The doctor is not a magician; you have a chance to tell him what you need for getting out to freedom as soon as possible. What we can recommend is the following:
1. Keep the eye contact and don't blink too often.
2. Sit calm and relaxed.
3. Don't make a “closed” pose, i.e. don't cross arms and legs.
4. When making gestures with your hands, turn the palms up – this is an “asking” gesture.
5. You can complain about the conditions in the institution, but not about any health issues or personal difficulties. The staff has to be sure that you don't have any problems.
6. Call the doctors by name, this makes a more friendly impression of you,
7. Try to look open and friendly; don't show any signs of depression or bad mood.
8. When the psychiatrist is asking you questions, give a more detailed answer, try to guess where he is leading the conversation. Sometimes they keep on asking the same dumb questions on and on, expecting you to start talking about something unrelated, but they never ask it directly. Try to use your intuition (logic cannot help here) and guess.

It's possible to survive in a mental hospital for long time, but if you have relatives and friends whom you can trust, use your chance to get out with their help.

1. Sometimes you can get released under the responsibility of your close relative. However, this person needs to be persistent in the intent to get you out.

2. Jailbreak is risky, but sometimes possible. You goal is not just to escape from the institution, but also to hide somewhere afterwards. This is where you need help from your friends.

Probably, it's better to run away in early morning. This is the time when a person with strange clothes looks less suspicious than it could be in the evening. Also, you will have a whole day for going as far away as possible, while tonight the police is more active and most bus lines don't run.

Never try to escape via the main entrance; this is what they expect and what they already have countermeasures against. The best is to run through the kitchen, or truck unloading place, or something like this. Think in advance, how you shall climb over the fence.

After you have run away, be careful and act unpredictably. Don't go to the nearest bus stop; instead, sneak to another district and take a bus from there. They can be hunting you with dogs; do what you can to make them lose your track. This is why it's better to escape on a rainy day.

Don't go home: they are already waiting for you there. Go to your friend whom you can trust. Then do what you can do to legalize your getting out from the mental hospital: contact human rights advocacy groups, or a trusted relative who can take you under personal responsibility.

The last, but not the least, of what you need for your escape is money. Looking for bottles and tins in trash cans could be an idea, but probably not the best one when you have the hospital clothes on. It's better to ask a friend or relative whom you can trust to bring you a book to read and smuggle a banknote between the pages.

Translated from Russian by Milchar