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I Have Been In a Psych Ward

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    Almost Miss It, Almost...

    As Kurt Cobain said in a song about Frances Farmer “I miss the comfort of being insane”….I really do in a way miss the comfort of the insane asylum/crazy place/mental health facility. The nurses and PCA’s were all so calm and polite and laughed at my jokes even when they...
    ak3160 ak3160 22-25, M 2 Responses May 10, 2012

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    Should Have Stayed

    I'm a man now but when I went in I was a teenager... Been in only once since adulthood and that was for a suicide attempt, I had a drug overdose... You know I've told this story a million times it seems but still its something uncomfortable for me to talk about but I do feel...
    bushi132001 bushi132001 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 16, 2012

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    2nd Time Now

    Well I've now been in two psychiatric facilities in two states each involving the same run up of alcohol, self harm and finally suicide attempts. The first time I was hospitalized after drinking 2.5 l of Smirnoff vodka, and swallowed a 3 month supply of zoloft, seroquel...
    Myblackdog Myblackdog 22-25 Feb 19, 2013

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    When I Was 18yrs Old I Trie...

    When I was 18yrs old I tried to commit suicide, and was committed to a psych ward, because I was a danger to myself.  It was the scariest place I've ever been.
    keyna keyna 36-40, F Apr 14, 2008

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    What the @#$% Am I Doing In Here?

    My first visit to the psych ward was very surreal.  I remember that I was very robotic as I sat in the receiving area answering their questions and trying to fill out a psychosocial survey.  It was almost midnight before I walked through the door and was shown to my...
    lucyfur13 lucyfur13 36-40 2 Responses Feb 8, 2008

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    I have been admitted to the psych ward twice.

    Once for overdosing on ecstasy and having a psychotic break where I cut my legs 200+ times. The second was for attempting suicide a a year later.
    ksnaps ksnaps 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 13

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    I've Been Twice...

    Once when I was 16. Had to go for cutting. Then again three or four months later. Suicide attempt. The doctor at the emergercy room didn't commit me, he was going to let my go home. But my councelor convinced my parents to take me to a psych ward, and the doc there committed...
    SCChick1990 SCChick1990 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 9, 2009

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    I Have Been In A Psych Ward

    I was taken in a Psych Ward for assessment.  It's because a child accused me of being something I'm not.    I was given an assessment had to answer over 200 questions but at least the conclusion they got was that I'm no danger to anyone and not to myself either.     The...
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 Feb 25, 2012

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    My Trip to the Psych Ward

    I was there twice. First time when I was 16 because I was trying to kill myself and again at 17 for the same reason. I was also cutting. It was just the step-down unit (unit is locked but individual rooms are not, you are free to wander through lounges, food room, other patient...
    callista83 callista83 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 10, 2008

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    Three Times

    First time was Fall of 2006. I had plans to kill myself, and my school health counselor had an intervention meeting with my parents. I was hospitalized for 10 days. Second time was Fall of 2007. I stopped taking my antidepressants several months earlier, and took an overdose of...
    paperalias paperalias 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 14, 2008

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    Life On The Ward

    You see strange things in psych wards. Once I was in HD and the only thing that moved or changed was the crane I could see from the very small yard – It became my primary interest. I saw an old dude reading a catalogue, he then just got right to it. All the nurses said...
    DC57 DC57 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 4, 2012

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    It Sucked...

    Truthfully, they've been trying to put me in one since I was just a kid. I was a kid with very severe depression so yeah. And every time they tried to put me in one, I would get lucky and there wouldn't be any beds. Every single time. Then the day after I turned fourteen, my...
    deadmoon deadmoon 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 13, 2011

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    The Psych Wards A Weird Place To Be.

    I've been in the pysch ward a total of 8 times in the past 3 years. My experience has been quite good. I've actually had a lot of fun in the psych ward. But it all depends on how you look at it. My first time to even the last time, I've made a lot of friends, some I've kept up...
    crochetlover82 crochetlover82 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 27, 2012

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    I have been admitted twice,

    and honestly, these were the most beautiful times of my life. I made wonderful friends, had wonderful staff, and a really cool room with a TV lol! anyway, they helped me through my troubles with eating and suicide, and I wouldn't be here without them. they were the hardest, but...
    ladysuffragette ladysuffragette 16-17, F 1 Response May 5

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    In My Early Teens

    When I was a teenager I attempted suicide. I swallowed an entire bottle of prescription pain meds and a half a bottle of Jack Daniels. My mother came into my room and smelled the alcohol. She then started to search my room and found the empty bottle. After grilling me for several...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise 36-40 Feb 28, 2013

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    Yeah I Have, My Mind.

    Nevermind I'm not explaining this one, you should either get it or not care/think you do.
    Acchbellon Acchbellon 18-21, M Dec 6, 2012

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    2 and a Half Years of Hell

    I was admitted to a psych hospital when I was 14 and living in America, I was admitted for cutting, suicide attempts, depression, drug and alcohol abuse. During my 2 and a half years in hospitals I was transferred to 7 different facilities in 3 different states, including the New...
    samshine samshine 22-25 5 Responses Sep 19, 2008

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    It's Kinda Extreme

    All through my teen and young adult years.. I was really bad. I was a severe self-injurer (cutting and burning) to the point of 50+ stitches in one night and a drug addict. Today, I am 24 years old and have been locked up in a hospital some 20+ times. I haven't been in one since...
    dyingirl dyingirl 22-25 2 Responses Jun 14, 2008

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    "Beauty's Captive"

    When i was 25 my girlfriend broke up with me and i did not take it well to say the least. She broke up with me three weeks after i found that i really did love her. We were in the pool and then we were in bed after having just made love. I lay next to her beautiful naked body...
    loveunbound67 loveunbound67 41-45, M Mar 11, 2012

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    Two Weeks Away From The World...

    After I drunkenly took a bottle of pain reliever with sleeping aid, I was "involuntary committed."  I was told that I was lucky to be placed in the last available bed in my state, three hundred miles away.  Before getting into the ambulance, I really wanted a cigarette.  I...
    speckledflower speckledflower 31-35 Sep 10, 2011

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    Didn't Belong Though.

    I had been up three days straight from drugging and was a little stressed and out of my right mind. I thought it would be a good idea to go to the hospital (bad idea). They asked if I was suicidal and I told them I didn't give **** so they sent me to a psych hospital for 5 days...
    BixDugan BixDugan 26-30, M Nov 23, 2013

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    I Have Been Twice. ...

    I have been twice. Both times after fairly serious psyvhotic breaks.
    turtlemusic28 turtlemusic28 26-30, F Apr 14, 2008

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    So... Yeah. I Have.

    Here's the deal, I've got about thirty minutes to kill before I leave the ward temporarily to go off and do a battery of psych tests. I have another account on this site, but I made a new one because I'm not even sure I want my "fake" online persona tagged with this; that's how...
    Bridegroom Bridegroom 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 15, 2013

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    Since Tuesday

    I spend my days now in the psych ward getting treatment instead of going to school because I have severe depression and suicidal thoughts. If I attempted or did major self-injury, I probably would have ended up in inpatient.  I like it. Its relaxing. Its very much like...
    reset reset 18-21, F 2 Responses May 6, 2010

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    A Moment Of Sheer Genius/stupidity

    You have to love the stigma associated with mental illness. It makes you never want to admit to yourself or another that you do indeed have a problem. For the longest time I hid My ADD. Everyone just thought I was a little goofy and took pills for my migraines. The high school I...
    BlackJackBartender BlackJackBartender 22-25, M 1 Response May 7, 2012

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    Two Nights Too Long

    I was hospitalized in April of 2011, voluntarily, because they considered me a danger to myself. I had what I think was a nervous breakdown. I thought it might help to have a break from my family and all the stressors leading up to this event, but it was probably the worst...
    PoppleImperative PoppleImperative 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 26, 2012

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    I've Never Gotten This Out.

    I was 16 years old. I admitted to my therapist that I had made an attempt to kill myself, and I was recommended to spend some time in a psych ward. I was admitted the next day. We arrived at the hospital around 11 am, and I was not settled in until 11 pm. My mother...
    strangeasangels strangeasangels 16-17 6 Responses Apr 10, 2009

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    Right now I am inpatient at a psych ward

    and I have been here for 2 and a half weeks. I hope I get out tomorrow. I was admitted because I wasn´t sleeping and I was really suicidal. The stay here has mostly been okay. Most of the staff are nice and I am allowed to smoke once every hour and the food is ok. I´m allowed...
    lisa7 lisa7 31-35, F 5 Responses Feb 4

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    Just Visiting

    I visited my dad at the psych ward about 8 years ago. He wasn't in for long but when I saw him I was shocked. I don't really know the full story but him and his wife argued, one of them pulled out an axe - then my dads wifes (then girlf) son pushed him down the stairs. The...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 23 Responses Nov 8, 2007

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    4 Hours Of Hell

    The nurse called my name from the hallway. My heart pounded faster than it already was and I stared at the ugly blue couch with the ugly leaf pattern, green and brown, green and brown... I heard my name again and stood up, some force other than my own moving my legs to the small...
    HunterFae HunterFae 18-21, T 1 Response May 9, 2012

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    Advice And Inspiration Blog

    Greetings loves, My name is Dana and I'm a 21 year old college student studying sociology and education. About a month ago, I create an advice blog. On this blog you can visit it to find motivational and inspirational pictures on life, love, beauty, and health. You can also ask...
    DanaHarrell DanaHarrell 22-25, F Apr 21, 2013

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    Outdoors

    They really need outdoor spaces available when in the Hospital. I was in for three weeks, my last trip in Peoria, and my body was so weak when I got out, I couldn't make it more than a few hours before I'd have to lie down to cope with the stress from those three weeks.
    MadeItOut MadeItOut 31-35 Jul 10, 2012

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    I had to beg my parents to take me to the

    hospital because they didn't believe me when I said I was in crisis. I'm the only one who even tries to save me from myself. but the psych ward stay was the best three week period of my life.
    missalkali missalkali 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 19

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    I Have Been to a Psych Ward

    Yeah, I've been to a psych ward a couple of times to visit my brothers. I have two schizophrenic brothers who are also bipolar. They inherited schizophenia and bipolar from my mother. My older brother has bipolar and every year like clockwork, he loses a part of who he was...
    Dimples87 Dimples87 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 14, 2008

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    Tv And Movie's Create Stupidity And False Fear

    One of the side effect's of my depression is that I rarely watch the tv or movie's any more. It has done more damage as to how people percieve MENTAL ILLNESS, yes I said ILLNESS and the type's of treatment then anything in history. People sit and watch Michael Myer's in a Friday...
    Robert1256 Robert1256 51-55, M 5 Responses Nov 30, 2010

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    Many Many Times

    I was 16 the first time I was admitted to the psych unit.  That kicked off roughly a decade of being in and out of 'em. I quit counting admissions around twelve...the actual number is probably closer to twenty.
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F Sep 25, 2011

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    Rochester

    One time in Rochester, they finally gave me my cell phone back. Called some friends and they visited. That has always meant a lot to me. I was going through delusions that everyone knew who I was and my history and what I was thinking. One time they told me to eat in my...
    MadeItOut MadeItOut 31-35 Jul 10, 2012

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    I Met The Best People There

    The ward I went to was minimum security. Mostly a chemical dependence therapy area. I wasn't there for that. i had a messy panic attack. But I did meet the best people there. I think it's because we all confessed our weaknesses and sins in group. It brought us together in a...
    adamjensen adamjensen 31-35, M 3 Responses Sep 20, 2012

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    Yeah, That Sucked.

    I went to the Psych Ward on the recommendation of my therapist when I was 30.  As the staff was going through my bag for contraband, I heard a name from my past being paged over the P.A.  It was one of the human bag of garbage that abused me.  For a week I tried...
    Freestanding Freestanding 51-55, F 6 Responses Nov 19, 2007

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    Lost In The System

    My father died before I was born and my mother was the only thing there for me with my grandma and grandpa. When my grandma died we moved into a apartment with her boyfriend and then they got married. They then had a kid. I felt like a black sheep of the family after that. I felt...
    NicolesWay NicolesWay 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 26, 2012

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    The Visit

    In March of 2013 I was admitted into a psych ward for two and a half weeks. I was diagnosed as being bi polar 1 and had a case of psychosis. The events leading up to my hospitalization are peculiar yet funny in a way. I was dealing with a lot of things in my personal life and I...
    Jeromebond Jeromebond 22-25, M 4 Responses Sep 28, 2013

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    3 Times

    For a while I have been severely depressed and tried to end my life, which resulted in me waking up in the psych ward every single time. As much as I hated being committed to treatment at first, being in there actually helped me a lot. A big part of my recovery came from...
    cyjenny95 cyjenny95 18-21, F Nov 19, 2013

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    My Stays...

    I have been in the hospital 3 times. None of my stays have helped..oh well. Maybe the 4th times the charm?
    SomebodyHelpMe SomebodyHelpMe 21-25, F 1 Response Jan 24, 2008

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    My Second+ Visit

    I was in Little Rock, AR. I was on my way to my friend's house, and I couldn't find it. I was so tired, I laid down on someone's porch. The police were called, I woke up, and struggled to explain what had happened. My phone was dead so I couldn't call anyone and I didn't...
    MadeItOut MadeItOut 31-35 Jul 7, 2012

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    So What.....

    I use to feel shame and embarrassment about being in the Psych Ward. I don't now. I thank God there was a safe (and interesting) place to be when I needed it. People use the label Mental Illness. Well, it's really just having issues. Any human being would respond the same way if...
    WarriorMom WarriorMom 51-55, F 3 Responses Sep 12, 2008

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    I've only been admitted once

    and I think I left with more trauma than I arrived with. I suffer from pretty debilitating panic attacks and when I arrived I was having one and had accidentally taken way too much ativan- I don't remember anything besides crying and being ******** while the nurses counted all...
    officerdog officerdog 18-21, F May 25

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    Fear

    back in 2005 i was in the psyc ward in our local hospital anyways , i recall quite clearly my now x and a psyc nurse were pushing me to go for a walk anyways i said no i dont feel like it i dont feel right about going out i feel scared of people so the ward was my safe place...
    strongandtender strongandtender 46-50, M 1 Response Oct 4, 2009

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    In Trouble With Teachers...................

    I was in a ward once putting on music I thought would suit the audience. It was going well I was playing stuff like: “Shelter Me” The Waifs “Lithium” Nirvana “Kill your Sons” Lou Reed “Crazy in the Night” Kim Carnes etc. But then I got Leonard Cohen out and put on...
    DC57 DC57 36-40, M Sep 2, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    Many bad experiences. Last night I dreamt I was back in a psych ward again too. Even when I sleep I'm tormented by sh!t I just want to forget. I hope I never have to go back to one...
    blahlahblah599 blahlahblah599 16-17, F 14 hrs ago

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    So, I have not long come out of a private hospital here in the UK as an NHS patient (state funded to you American folks) and it's gone fairly well overall. I went in in a state...
    SolitaryFriend SolitaryFriend 31-35, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    since I was a child. A pretty damn good one at that, for the reason I acted was to not be seen. What one would see when they gazed upon my stone face was not I, but another...
    khelm khelm 18-21, M Jul 21

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    I am a regular 19 year old girl who experienced a drug-induced psychosis for the duration of the summer that almost ruined my life. I strongly feel that this is something that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 4

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    :) on the outside but :( in the inside!I've been through a lot of pain physically as well as psychologically so i've been through hell and been through a lot more than a average 21...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 3