Michael Ackerman, Fort Dodge: Well, I just started to believe that there were all kind of words games that were being played with me with the initials on the products that I was placing onto the conveyer belt. That there were hidden messages being taught to me that were there was an underlying conspiracy. It was post 9/11 of course and I believe that there was a secret language that was being taught to the country to prevent terrorists from being able to full understand or comprehend what was being said in the English language and I would liken it to an analogy would be like sort of like a if you were doing a crossword puzzle you might have a lot of fun doing that and it's fun for awhile but if you were to do that 24/7 -- 7 days a week it would get old and it would drive anybody to a nut ward and that's what it was like with me is I felt like I was doing a word game all the time.
Q: Did you voluntarily go to the doctor?
A: No, I had to be committed because I believed so whole heartedly that the conspiracy was real. That I did think anything was wrong with me. It was the world around me I felt had the problem.
Q: So, were you in the hospital for several weeks?
A: No, I was there for about a week I think it was and I was interviewed by several psychiatrists and they referred me to the action program which I -- it stands for assertive community treatment and they-- they help you set up your meds and-- and help you cope with day to day living.
Q: What have the helped you with?
A: Why I see a nurse-- I -- I actually see the team leader. Her name is Deb Delp and she's been an immense help to me. I-- I've shared a lot of things with her. She's just as much a friends as she is a social worker and she-- she's really helped me cope day to day and keep me in check. She's kind of like a check and balance for like the government judicial and executive branch. They keep each other in check, you know, and she does that with me.