God Knows Where I Am: What should happen when patients reject their diagnosis? The New Yorker, May 30, 2011
On October 5th, 2007, two days after being released from the New Hampshire Hospital in Concord, Linda Bishop discarded all her belongings except for mascara, tweezers, and a pen. For nearly a year she had complained about the restrictions of her psychiatric unit, but her only plan for her release was to remain invisible. She spent two nights in a field she called “Hoboville,” where homeless people slept, and then began wandering around Concord, avoiding the main streets. Wary of spies, she cut through the underbrush behind buildings, walked through gullies beside the roads, and, when she needed to rest, huddled in the bushes. Her life was saved along the way, she later wrote, by two warblers and an owl.
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