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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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    I have a choice, to go

    for four months or to stay here. I wanna go back but I don't wanna leave my family. Over there (believe it or not) it was perfect. No one judged me.
    Dyylaanxx Dyylaanxx 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 6

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    Yeah Cus my granny was a nurse there

    and we used to pick her up from work.
    lexinwonderland lexinwonderland 13-15, F Dec 7

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    Again, excuse the awkward wordings to get

    around the censors, but it won't let me post this story without them. I was in one for six days in February, and then they forced me to go to further treatment for another three weeks. I missed so much school because of it, but I couldn't be luckier that my teachers were...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 7

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    I'm here voluntarily desperately seeking help

    but I'm questioning the system. Who's to tell me how I can and can't feel? How my thought processes should work? What's right and what's wrong? Maybe I'm meant to live in misery. A change would be so incredibly hard. I feel like I'd lose myself if I didn't have bpd or if it...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 28

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    I was formed on Tuesday.

    Picked up by paramedics from my therapist's office. Not fun at all. The ER nurse took blood to run some tests, she shoved the needle into a cut I had made on by elbow that was still scabbed. I was horrified to see that. When I asked her why she was doing blood work as I had had...
    missmalky missmalky 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11

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    heathee heathee 46-50, F 10 Responses Aug 29

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    I'm actually in one now

    and I don't see myself getting out anytime soon
    romanalanski romanalanski 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 3

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    The Blue Chair I remember it vividly,

    recreate the setting constantly in my head, whether i like it or not. It's stuck in there like a tape..playing, pausing, and rewinding. I sat in that blue chair for an hour, awaiting the evaluation by yet another uninterested emotionless psychiatrist. Ten minutes goes by, and i...
    smellsliketeenspiritl05 smellsliketeenspiritl05 18-21, F a week ago

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    MY FIRST TIME. 3.5 days,

    no mess, discharged Friday= Freedom. OR SO I THOUGHT...I can't seem to stop thinking bout the experience of it all, esp they traumatic parts like being strapped to gurney or having my I.V port site get so infected my arm felt numb... Pls tell me I will get over this b.s soon
    15YrsCutting 15YrsCutting 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 13

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    Lost Girl

    So I did it. I went off the deep end. I admitted myself to the Pysch ward. I couldn't deal with my demons alone anymore. I have severe depression and anxiety issues. I'm on Prozac and ambian for sleep. I am freaking trying to deal with being out. I am not at my house right now...
    crazygirl76 crazygirl76 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 14, 2013

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    Visiting My Girl Frend

    Many years ago when I was a student and 18 years old I awoke to find my girlfriend, who was 21, in bed beside me but I was unable to awaken her. From the empty bottles I realised she had taken an overdose. She was epileptic but did not like taking her...
    gooddog99 gooddog99 51-55, M 5 Responses Mar 19, 2009

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    I Was Admitted to a Psychiatric Ward

    In November last year I was in a mental hospital for a week. I had severe depression and I was suicidal. I had planned my suicide and my self harm had become a lot worse, my doctor decided to admit me into hospital to keep me safe. I was sent to an adults ward even...
    thesoundofsilence thesoundofsilence 18-21, F 9 Responses May 9, 2007

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    Larned State Hospital, Kansas

      If there is a place in this world that deserves the sign “Abandon Hope All Who Enter” it is “Larned State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, Kansas”. I have written about the Menninger Clinic but not Larned because I don’t like most...
    Dewduster Dewduster 66-70, M 22 Responses Jun 22, 2009

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    This will be short and sweet,

    I spent time at a mental facility because I had a complete nervous break down. I blacked out for days and had no Idea what was going on around, I was hospitalized for panic attacks and put on a 72 hour hold in which I decided I needed more help, it was amazing being able to talk...
    Jessbenoit Jessbenoit 18-21, F 6 Responses Nov 22

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    I've only been twice.

    Once because my therapist thought that my cutting was getting out of hand. The other time for actually trying.
    Holmesdown Holmesdown 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 7

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    My 7th Mental Ward Visit

    So....I was put in a mental ward again. What happened was my mental health worker came and saw I was very suicidal and depressed. She asked if I was safe and if I needed to go to the hospital to be kept safe. After a lot of thought I agreed to go. Well the mental health worker...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 28, 2011

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    I Wasn't Admitted. Though Maybe I Should Be.

    I was looking for a customer in Fort Payne Alabama and the place I decided to stop and use the phone "before I had a cell" was yes a mental hospital. I went inside and asked if I could use the phone, which I did and the whole time I was on the phone there was this...
    BlueGeorgia BlueGeorgia 41-45, M 19 Responses Jan 26, 2008

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    The Visitor

    I've been in a mental hospital; not as a patient, as a visitor. My mum is a mental health nurse. She used to have Christmas parties at her work and I was allowed to join in. I was only little at the time, and saw the patients for who they are: people. I enjoyed these parties...
    AngelofPink AngelofPink 70+, F 15 Responses Mar 10, 2010

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    A Question.

    The more stories I read, the more I am beginning to view American mental hospitals as stuck in the 60's, Girl, interrupted style. Over here the hospital are just your average hospital nothing like what I have heard described, even the closed wards are tame. I was wondering if I...
    randomdriftwood randomdriftwood 21-25, F 3 Responses Jul 19, 2007

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    BootyHadMeLikeDamn BootyHadMeLikeDamn 13-15, F Dec 7

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    Mental Illness Makes People Laugh

    Let me say that when it happens, ain't nothing funny about it. I was 26 when first admitted to the Psych Ward of Metropolitan Hospital. I was in and out of psych wards of more hospitals than I can name. Finally, a psychiatrist said, I have a chemical imbalance. They gave me...
    Ardeena1 Ardeena1 56-60, F 19 Responses Dec 1, 2006

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    A Blue Chair

    I remember it vividly, recreate the setting constantly in my head, whether i like it or not. It's stuck in there like a tape..playing, pausing, and rewinding. I sat in that blue chair for an hour, awaiting the evaluation by yet another uninterested emotionless psychiatrist. Ten...
    smellsliketeenspirit105 smellsliketeenspirit105 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 8, 2012

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    I've been to a mental hospital twice

    so far for schizophrenia. the first time was when I was 16 or 17, and I was convinced there were bugs all around me and crawling into my skin. I cut myself a little bit to try and get them out, then I sort of just stopped functioning for a little while. The second time I...
    AndrewRD AndrewRD 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 29

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    I went to the ER by ambulance

    and was in the ER for 24 hours while they were trying to figure out what to do with me. While in the ER I was considered a SI reason (suicide ideation) and was put under constant watch. I was dealing with anxiety plus Depression as well as suicidal thoughts. The ER was my...
    sadly203 sadly203 18-21 3 Responses Nov 23

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    Was Admitted 10/13

    I was admitted to River Crest Hospital in San Angelo Tx. I was admitted for suicidal thoughts and homicidal thoughts. First time to ever be admitted and I was nervous because I didn't know what to expect. Okay went there by some friends, they took me because they know I needed...
    nowheretorun88 nowheretorun88 26-30, M Oct 28, 2013

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    after 2 suicide attempt,

    5 years of self harm and 2 of eating disorder, i went to a mental hospital... And it kind of helped me but at the same time, my depression went up...
    jardougall jardougall 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 7

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    I have been seeing a psychiatrist

    and psychologist since I was 12. I had depression and Psychosis disorder nos. Around 15 my mental health started to decline even more. I was placed in a youth psych ward where I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. I don't remember how long I was there. I was okay for a...
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 17

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    tarjawhore tarjawhore 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 28

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    Just Passing Through

    I work with a lot of people who suffer from mental illness and I have to say the media really does paint an incorrect picture.  Many are really great people who unfortunatly get stigmatized because of their afflictions.  Yes I was at a mental hospital but I was...
    johnwad3 johnwad3 26-30, M 11 Responses Dec 18, 2006

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    After several suicide attempts

    and self harm, I was voluntary admitted to a psychiatric hospital.. I was 20 years old. I was put in the Azure Unit, which was on ground floor, of the Cery Psychiatric Hospital, just above Lausanne in Switzerland.. I felt very comfortable there.. In fact I loved it! I was in a...
    Sorrentina Sorrentina 41-45, F 10 Responses Sep 17

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    I'll be honest. I've been 3 times,

    all in 2012. Neither me or any of the other girls there were actually "crazy", we were all just in really bad situations and had reached our breaking point.
    classAteam classAteam 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 9

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    To say I have been to "A" mental hospital is

    kind of funny. I have been to many. Most of the mental hospitals in "Orange County, CA.", and some in L.A. county as well. I was considered a lost cause a hopeless case. My behaviors were so out of the realm of normal that many times I had the label of SED tossed at me. I can...
    CorkyHatch CorkyHatch 36-40, T 1 Response Jan 12

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    I'm back in one again.

    I've been in my room for 24hours trying to find anything sharp. Not one staff member has checked on me.
    alanajane alanajane 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 9

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    My Confession!

    Hey, I thought I would never share this on EP! But, I feel comfortable enough to share it now! =p I've been in the mental hospital many times, during my life. My first time was when I was 15. I was highly suicidal and took many aspirins to do myself in. I was rushed to the ER...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 18, 2008

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    They aren't as people make them out to be.

    If you take it seriously you can get help and recovery :)
    Muppo23 Muppo23 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 1

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    Iv been too two different mental hospitals

    and iv been to one of them twice. So iv been in the mental hospital 3 times in all. It was a very interesting experience. The first time was probably the most awkward in the beginning. I went there mostly because i was suicidal. I also was having a lot of homicidal thoughts but...
    chaoshead chaoshead 13-15, M 2 Responses Nov 2

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    Mental Hospital

    I have been in and out of mental hospitals since i was 18 and i have seen some pretty strange things going on in those places. Maybe i will even share some of those stories ... They are funny but you must remember that people aren't themselves whilst they are in there and they...
    deadinsideout deadinsideout 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 24, 2013

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    Maybe a Bit Long...

    In 2005, I was struggling with weight issues and school when one day I was sent down to the nurse's office. After some quick checks like pulse and blood pressure, she insisted I go to the hospital. I did. I was released later that day with the warning that if I didn't fix my...
    onthesoapbox onthesoapbox 19-21, F 1 Response Oct 22, 2007

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    I remember my very first time,

    I'd just come from emergency and it was about an hour away from home. I remember watching the lights on the bridge and falling asleep. They woke me, and it was this big building, no cars or anything around it. They rolled me in on the stretcher and we went down the halls looking...
    endofalldays endofalldays 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 10

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    To Be Misdiagnosed With Schitzofrenia

    A year ago I discovered powerful telepathic and telekinetic capabilities.  I am starting to understand empathetic capabilities and am attempting to practice them as telepathy took me no practice and telekinesis happens on accident.  Because I believed in my powers...
    Jacob1080David Jacob1080David 22-25, M 16 Responses May 2, 2010

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    God I can't believe that tomorrow will be a

    month since I went to the ER for all my craziness. I've just got to make to the 11th and then I can say that its been a month since I was in the hospital. I know I can do it because I've got a good motivation to stay calm for.
    sadly203 sadly203 18-21 1 Response Dec 5

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    My Little Stay

    After I attempted suicide the first time I had to stay at a hospital near by. After I was released from there I had to go stay at a mental hospital for a little while. Wasn't a horrible experience but it wasn't great either. It seemed to me to be a combination of preschool and...
    DND DND 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 8, 2007

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    I Just Got Out a Few Weeks Ago

    It wasnt along stay but this time I used it wisely. Every other time I went I was like man when are they gonna let me out and I would just stay stuck on that and not learn anything. This time it was so much better I didnt think about when I was going home. It was like a vacation...
    halfgone halfgone 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 6, 2007

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    My mom sent me to a mental hospital

    so she didn't have to deal with me or the sexual abuse investigation between my step dad and I.
    CaliArs CaliArs 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 8

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    I think the reason I love mental hospitals

    and everything related so much its because they are the only place where it's normal to be sick... where it is ok not to be fine...
    gabscaussigh gabscaussigh 18-21, F Apr 14

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    I was in one when I was six

    and I had my first kiss there
    basedteenager basedteenager 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 6

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    I was sent to one after attempting to stab

    myself in the thigh with a pair of metal scissors. Before that I had attempted suicide with multiple hangings, pills and cutting. I always chickened out at the last second. During all that I was never caught.sometimes I miss it there because of the people who didn't think I was...
    QuietViolets QuietViolets 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 23

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    Mental Health Worker Was In Psych. Hospital.

    I have a degree in psychology and am working on my master's degree.  I have been working in the mental health field for about ten years.  That does not mean that I haven't ever had my own mental health struggles. I have been in three inpatient eating disorder treatment...
    behindthemask behindthemask 26-30, F 10 Responses Feb 7, 2007

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    My Real Personal Experience Of Being In A Mental Hosp./psych Ward!

    So this is my REAL experience of being in the psych ward/ mental institution five times in my 18th year of life. I have quite a few issues, and as my username states, I have indeed unfortunately missed out on my teenage Golden Years.      A tiny bit of backstory: Okay so my...
    SkippingTheGoldenYears SkippingTheGoldenYears 18-21, F 31 Responses Mar 8, 2012

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    I was so angry. Out of adrenaline I ran to the

    bathroom to hit and punch the wall and I saw my box with my blades in it and without thinking I just took to it my thigh and it's opened up two centimeters deep and four inches across. I didn't tell anyone and put on two bandages and went to the hospital where she had an...
    AnasFailure AnasFailure 13-15, F 5 Responses Oct 21

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    It Was A Positive Experience

    I was inspired to write this by Groovimax, a very cool guy. I didn't think so at the time but it saved my life, going in to hospital, and was the beginning of proper recovery for me. I was ill, I'd had a mental breakdown, I wanted to die. But I was also an obstinate arsehole in...
    Eggyegg Eggyegg 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 4, 2011

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