If you have the bad luck to find yourself in the emergency room of a psychiatric hospital, you’ll be asked a standard series of questions in order to figure out if you are, well, crazy. I’ll cover what to answer and what NOT to answer, so you can avoid being mislabeled as paranoid, delusional, grandiose or any of a number of other things that you obviously are not. I’ll also have tips for those who still manage to get locked up, despite following my advice.
Jean MacDonald is a partner in a small Macintosh software company. She was a web designer and teacher before that, and worked in book publishing before that. She was raised in Miami and lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, and New York before discovering Portland, her favorite place on earth. She is working on a memoir about the 28 days she spent in various psychiatric institutions over the course of two years in the mid-1990s.