Abandoned: Chestnut Lodge Asylum…

Posted on Wednesday 10 July 2013

So Saturday, we’re off for a couple of weeks to the coast of Maine and I have no clue about whether the Internet even goes there or not, but friend Martha found something to fill in the space. No, this is not one of those cheesy photoshop graphics I sometimes come up with. It’s a real thing:

It’s a real computer game that one can buy here. It says:
These days the Chestnut Lodge Asylum is abandoned and forgotten, but many years ago a terrible tragedy unfolded behind those rusty gates. Every year, patients disappeared from the asylum without a trace. Neither the nurses nor the police could find any clues. But one day, everything changed. My dreams draw me to the asylum and I yearn to return to my normal life – a life without nightmares, premonitions, and fears…. Explore the Asylum and its surroundings, find out the true story of this place and face your fears in this gripping Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure!
I’m not a gamer, but I have, of course, purchased it and look forward to exploring the mystery this evening. Was it Gerald Klerman in the Day Room? Managed Care in the Office? ["Every year, patients disappeared"]. I doubt it will be that true-to-life, but I have to be awed that such a thing even exists, no matter what it is. Enjoy…
    July 10, 2013 | 6:02 PM


    On the topic of gaming…The link above is to a German language Flash game (that is translatable to English) where you play as a psychiatrists trying to understand and help very different stuffed animal psychiatric inpatients. It was certainly weird and frustrating playing a role of a psychiatrist when treatment progress often stalls. I highly recommend the experience.

    July 10, 2013 | 6:52 PM

    Here’s Surgeon Simulator 2013. It’s not strictly related to psychiatry, but apparently in the full game you also get to do a brain transplant. I’ve only tried the free 48hr prototype, but it’s..


    July 10, 2013 | 8:59 PM

    Worked over 2 months in York Maine, got internet but it was a bit sketchy in places, one thing that was annoying was could not send texts or pictures from the beach AT ALL.

    Hope you enjoy your excursion. Also, if close to the New Hamp line, remember no sales tax there, so Portsmouth is a place to check out. Assume no posts until late July?

    July 11, 2013 | 2:33 AM

    Enjoy the change of scenery! The coast of Maine sounds so lovely and Stephen King like.

    There are pages of images of abandoned asylums under “abandoned asylums” on google images.


    July 11, 2013 | 8:22 AM

    I live a couple of miles from where the original Chestnut Lodge was. It was the inspiration for the hospital depicted in “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” and the doctor in the book is based on Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, The author was a patient there in the 1950s. The book was a huge inspiration to me when I was a teenager and I really loved driving by the old hospital every day. It burned down a few years ago.

    July 11, 2013 | 9:09 AM

    and the beat goes on.

    FDA slow to ask J&J for drug data, lawyer says
    David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer Published Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 1:08 AM

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is dragging its feet in addressing concerns that Johnson & Johnson’s antipsychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega are dangerous, a Philadelphia lawyer says in letters to the federal agency, and the company should allow those alleging harm from the medicines to release information provided by the company during lawsuits’ discovery phase.


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