On April 14, 2011, devoted family man Ken Dickson stumbles into a hospital emergency room grimacing in pain. What happens next is downright frightening.
Surgery saves Ken's life but improper care sends him spiraling into madness. Unable to fend for himself, his wife Beth takes charge. She does her best to save him but the unyielding stigma of mental illness hampers his recovery at every turn until he is beyond hope.
Desperate to get Ken the help that he needs, Beth makes a heartbreaking decision: she brands the man she loves a "danger to himself and others" and commits him to psychiatric treatment. A police SUV then delivers him to a high-security facility where the real nightmare begins.
Plagued by the pitfalls of contemporary psych wards, Ken struggles through living hell. Nevertheless, as the days stretch to weeks, he finds solace by befriending the lost and forgotten and helping patients with worse problems than his.
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