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My son was admitted to Lakeside voluntarily and had expressed hope of finally receiving help for the emotional turmoil he'd been experiencing for several months. It was clear that he was ready to do the hard work required to address his troubles, including any prescribed medication therapy, daily meetings with the staff psychiatrist(s), one-on-one counseling, and group therapy. He understood that he would be inpatient, and that his contact with friends and family would be greatly limited. He expressed willingness to comply with all of these conditions and even seemed excited about finally getting help. Within 3 days of his admission, at a scheduled family visit, we could clearly see the "treatment" he'd received in his dramatically short stay had drained him of the hope with which he'd entered the facility. He was in far worse condition than when he'd gone in, angry, sad, hopeless, and bitter at his sense of betrayal. Not a betrayal by us, his parents, but by Lakeside. His father, younger brother, and I were stunned and horribly concerned for our struggling elder son's wellbeing. When, as a result of our observations in that visit, we made the decision to have our son transferred to another behaviorial health facility immediately, I was categorically informed that any attempt on my part to remove him from Lakeside would result in his immediate involuntary commitment - even if transported by ambulance, which I had suggested in an attempt to show that my intent was to have him transferred, not to reject or otherwise discontinue treatment. Note that the threat of involuntary commitment would not be contingent upon his symptoms and/or behaviors, but upon my attempt to have him transferred to another inpatient mental health facility. This begs the questions: How could such an order be advisable for the good for my already tormented and now discouraged and emotionally bruised son? And furthermore... why? Once the proclamation was handed down, the staff refused to communicate with me, though I spent upwards of four hours in the waiting area (immediately after meeting with our son on that third day of his stay) in further attempts to get my point across to the Lakeside psychiatrists. Neither psychiatrist spoke to us at any point during our son's stay at Lakeside. Not once. The evidently intractable threat of involuntary commitment was handed down to the hospital staff by Robert Hoehn, MD (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)* who oversaw our son's case, and/or by that weekend's on-call psychiatrist, Paul D. Clein, MD. (Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry). I believe that Clein works exclusively at Lakeside. Hoehn has a private practice and serves as Medical Consultant at Daybreak Treatment Center, day program for children & adolescents in Germantown, TN. Our son was discharged from Lakeside first thing Monday morning, 5 days after admission, though he'd had no meeting with any psychiatrist between the family visit and that morning. Why he was forced to remain inpatient, with no groups, counseling, or exams since our shocking Saturday visit is still a mystery, though I have suspicions regarding Hoehn's and Clein's behaviors - suspicions regarding the determination to predominate their patients' loved ones when their prescribed treatment plans were brought into question or challenged, and of course the determination to collect insurance payments for those extra days. Based on my family's experience and on my own personal interactions with its badly trained, sullen, lazy, unprofessional staff, I must tell you that I do not possess the vocabulary required to express the lengths to which I would go in order to protect my children from Lakeside Behavioral Health Center. *This is our second negative experience with Hoehn, who once suggested - in my son's presence - that the vocal tics he was experiencing might well be a deliberate attempt to gain attention. The vocal tics were, within a few weeks of that offering, officially diagnosed as one of the presenting symptoms of full-blown Tourette Syndrome.
Overall, I did get better there, but the level of comfort there could be improved. Some of the rooms too hot, others too cold. And you are not allowed extra blankets! Things of mine were stolen. The doctors could be more understanding of the trauma you are facing while there. There could be more games and activities offered in patients free time as well.
Doctors at Lakeside Behavioral Health Syst
Dr. Daniel S. Boyd's Latest Rating
A great guy, I have been with him for 7 years. I'm grateful to have found him...
Dr. Melvin L. Goldin's Latest Rating
He'll ask if you've ever considered suicide and send you to Lakeside if you say yes.