(A night of bad memories. Sorry)
He had worked his entire life in the defense industry. It was his life.
He thought he might be suffering from depression and one afternoon went to the ER. He didn’t know much about therapists or anything like that but he thought a doctor could tell him what to do. He didn’t want anything messing up his job.
The hospital he went to had a psychiatric unit there and they sent a social worker down to see him. She talked to him a while and asked him if he had ever felt suicidal. He thought everyone had and said yes. She excused herself and went to check his insurance. After that she went to talk to the doctor.
Turned out he had good insurance.
The doctor came in and told him he was commitable because he had talked about hurting himself. He tried to explain but the doctor told him he would have to commit him to the state hospital….. But…
He had an option. The unit at the hospital only accepted voluntary admissions and if he would voluntarily admit himself no committal would be be necessary.
The guy was sobbing by now. He wanted he told them a promise they would not tell his job. It was the weekend and he thought he could miss next to no work and no one would ever know. They promised him.
He was discharged in 3 days. He was the star of the unit. He was smart and everybody liked him. Even the staff thought he had his shit together.
About 2 weeks after his discharge his world caved in. His job found out, his security clearance was gone and with that his job. Somebody later told me he thought one of the psychiatrists at the hospital also did some consulting for the government and that was how they found out. It could have been they just found out what the insurance was being billed for. The truth was no one knew and as far as the guy was concerned it didn’t really change anything.
A couple of weeks after he lost his job he drove towards the hospital. There was a bridge along the way. He got out of his car and walked to the edge and jumped off into the interstate below. They said he died immediately.
I knew some people who worked at the hospital. They were shocked. One guy told me none of them had thought he was that bad off.