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The Hell of losing your mind - Tom Petherick

Features | By Tom Petherick

Care assistant Tom Petherick was emotionally drained by strong, young, insane patients who were unable to speak

The establishment in which I find myself working today is what we used to call a loony bin. Nowadays, it is a home for adult males with extreme learning difficulties and behavioural disorders. It hardly matters what you call these things – because the facts remain the same. This large, Edwardian house sits at the top of an out-of-the-way lane in a faceless south-coast seaside town, with distant views of the English Channel and some passable cornices in some of the rooms. ...

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