I know about Nick Casey’s story about the scene at El Pampero Psychiatric Hospital in Barquisimeto. Of course I do. Along with Meredith Kohut’s amazing photos, it was on the front page of the New York Times. It’s not missable.

But I haven’t read it. I’m too scared to.

I wrote that on Facebook earlier, and I was amazed by how many “me too” comments I got. It keeps popping up on our Facebook feeds. We know we have to read it. But we can’t.

The whole idea of a mental hospital without psychiatric drugs…it’s too much. A dark stain on our collective consciousness. A truth we can’t handle.

So, no money-quote this time. I’m not going there. There’s so much heartache as it is, I don’t know that I can afford any more.

But if you’re stronger than me, well…the piece is here. 

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