A psychiatric resident's journey through the closed ward

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Every psychiatric resident starts his or her specialization program on the closed ward. That feeling of dread started rising in my abdomen as I walked down the dimly lit corridor to where the ward was supposed to be, poked away in a corner of the sprawling hospital complex. The corridor was painted a sickly mustard yellow, and lining it was a series of doors. Only two bore signs. I felt an odd sense of danger and uncertainty (why were there no signposts?); my briefcase felt like a useless appendage hanging off my arm. This article is an attempt to understand the overwhelming emotions and the often existential feelings that work in this holding bay aroused within me. I do not think that the closed ward was planned to be a place for profound psychological change in the residency program, but the intensity of densely compacted emotions enclosed within its walls affects every young doctor that passes though. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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