“Psychosoziale Station Fünf”
So… I’m back.
Um… this is going to be rather personal, I guess, but there it is…
I spent a very relaxing, very soothing couple of weeks in voluntary protective custody.
In the caring, benevolent surroundings of Station PS 5 …
“Altona 93 – Kick Fascism”
Hey – I wanted to be there!
The image above, that’s my room number.
(Note the stamp-sized AFC Altona 93 sticker some previous patient has left there!)
The Chapel Perilous… “Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.” – Steven Wright
When you feel depressed, this can be a temporary solution only.
I should have known.
Zentrum für Psychosoziale Medizin in Hamburg-Eppendorf… back in the seventies, they knew how to build loony bins!
Don’t underestimate the healthy and beneficial effects of a controlled environment!
Not to mention my daily dose of Oxazepam.
And proper counselling into the bargain!
This is the head nurse’s office…
She is, in fact, a very nice person.
This looks creepy, nonetheless.
Looks just like something straight out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, doesn’t it…?
As a matter of fact, the patients are not supposed to take any pictures of the ward…
But I just couldn’t resist.
Although everything here looks pretty bland and nondescript and hardly worth taking pictures of.
I didn’t take any pictures of my fellow patients, naturally.
Peter Bies – Assemblage “Vichy” (2009)
And this is my… ah… sick bed, so to speak.
The objet d’art on the bed:
I made this piece during Ergotherapie (occupational therapy).
Svelte, isn’t it?
Took me about twenty minutes.
After that, I spent the best part of the session chatting with the New Age hippie therapist who’s doing a really good job there.
You know what I like best about the ward?
Nobody wants to sell you anything.
Except, of course, for the young interns.
“That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is known as The Artist’s Reward.” — Ernest Hemingway
Oh it’s lunchtime already…
Bye for now!
Peter Bies © 2009