I Am a Psychiatric Abuse Survivor

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 40 People

    South Africa

    Hi i spent time in an institution here - it was traumatic and I became witness to unacceptable human rights violations - and myself experienced physical assault, seclusion as punishment, being forced to stand naked in lines while staff taunted our bodies etc..........
    psychorobb psychorobb
    1 Response Jul 12, 2010

    so i was forced to take one mg of haldol

    when i was misdiagnosed for one month i am an aspie meaning i have aspergers syndrome i am no longer taking it i have been off for two years but i still experience problems like loss of what seems oxytocin loss of creativity clamy feelings chronic migraines and i just cant feel...
    jone900 jone900
    22-25, M
    1 Response May 30, 2015

    I have been in therapy

    since the age of nine when I started throwing tantrums and kicking our apartment wall in. I have also been hospitalized a dozen times, misdiagnosed and overmedicated. During sessions with the MSW who helped me get my MA, he called me a "patsy", promised me that I would have...
    Mamalaicious333 Mamalaicious333
    66-70, F
    1 Response Dec 17, 2014

    I Sought Help, Was Involuntarily Committed, And Charged $20,000 For It

    I was being treated for depression by my own doctor and psychiatrist, and went to a local mental health clinic in Essex county, NJ for a support group meeting. Afterward, one of the directors of the clinic-- a social worker-- spoke to me and advised me to go to a clinic at a...
    RG1945 RG1945
    61-65, M
    3 Responses Jul 30, 2010

    Years Of Abuse..., Torture

    I am a 6 year survivor of foster care in Franklin County Ohio (FCCS). Although I am a survivor of the Big Pharmaceutical initiative to drug children of 19 years. I was an exceptionally bright child, genius in fact, and I'm not boasting. At the age of 32 months I had mastered...
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Jul 2, 2013

    Death Begets Social Service Abuse

    I was 13 enjoying life when my guardian mother died. It was like a ton of bricks was dropped on my life. I went thru the grieving prossess and thught I came out none the worst for wear. But that would be farthest from the truth. During a conversation some friends and I were...
    Laura71771 Laura71771
    36-40, T
    1 Response Aug 2, 2009

    San Francisco VA

    I was a non-combat veteran who went to the VA to get help to stop drinking. I had no idea at the time that I would be considered a psychiatric patient or I would never had gone. I found out weeks later and was pissed. I definitely would have gone elsewhere but they happened to...
    jimmieddx jimmieddx
    Sep 18, 2013

    Put In The Looney Bin For No Reason, Violated My Privacy

    The therapist that day (it was my reg scheduled therapy appt that day" I told her I wasn't feeling well due to low blood sugar, she took me to the nurses office they took my blood pressure, next thing I know here comes a doctor and told me she wanted to talk to me and that her...
    survivor11 survivor11
    4 Responses Jan 12, 2011


    I am a survivor of psychiatric abuse.  I believe it was damaging to me in recovery, possibly because I was exploited and manipulated by an unscrupulous malignant consultant who recognised a depressed young wman with underlying anxiety, and had found an escape in excessive alchol...
    Helgor Helgor
    Apr 11, 2012

    We Live In A Sick Society

    I have been through all the psychiatric stuff with involuntary hospitalizations and experiencing trauma and abuse from being there. Don't know what else to do but get better. I feel too weak and scared to talk much about it and would like to forget it or pretend that it didn't...
    vegangal vegangal
    56-60, F
    3 Responses Aug 22, 2013

    I was physically, sexually,

    emotionally, and verbally abused at the psychiatric institution: Sempervirens Psychiatric Crisis Center, Humboldt County Mental Health in California. If you know about this institution, please contact me.
    AlexWasp AlexWasp
    26-30, F
    Aug 20, 2015

    Social Services Had Me Put In Hospital For 4 Years From Age 16 In A Corrupt Way.

    Just found this group and after reading few peoples stories thought id add my own.Basically got admitted to a psychiatric ward via a temporary foster placement aged 16 in 1994 in England. I was at foster placement due to family breakdown at home..mother not well and stepfather...
    andrewEngland andrewEngland
    2 Responses Mar 14, 2011
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