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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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    I've been in 4 times

    since 2005. the last time was this past may. I completely broke down and the mania was out of control. I hated every minute of it but for some reason I do better when I'm there, like it's half life.
    lilystone lilystone 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    August 14, 2015. Day 30.

    Got wished a "Happy Early Christmas" by the girl singing loudly at the bathroom sink. I'm Jewish.
    RandomInkFlow RandomInkFlow 18-21, T 1 Response Aug 14

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    The first time was for one month,

    then for two weeks and then in Germany for five months. Now I have to go again. My diagnosis is depression, borderline and psychosis.
    CutiePie1742 CutiePie1742 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 10

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    I met the love of my life in a mental ward

    after we both had attempted suicide. Best think I ever did was try and die. Three years later, still going strong.
    theindigoboy theindigoboy 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 4

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    12 months all together,

    spread over 3 years.
    xoliviaclairex xoliviaclairex 18-21, F 9 hrs ago

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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 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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    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 1 Response Nov 10, 2014

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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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    I was sent to a mental hospital under suicide

    watch a week ago, and it wasn't so bad while I was still depressed, but as I started getting better, I got really bored.
    bandgeekavery bandgeekavery 13-15, T 2 Responses Aug 16

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    Several. Am now allergic.

    They solve very little.
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 31

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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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    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M Jul 31

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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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    I am going to one today to visit a friend

    who had a breakdown. Someday I will tell you my story.
    emperornorton47 emperornorton47 56-60, M Aug 6

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    Blueclouds1234 Blueclouds1234 18-21 1 Response Aug 6

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    I Was Admitted When I Was 13

    I was 13 and wanting attention. Instead of that, my mom admitted me to the adolesent physciatric sp? ward. Only after that experiance I worse. Once i was out I was on anti-depressants, and anti-anxiety pills called lorazepam. Those pills screwed me up
    gumbygirl gumbygirl 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 23, 2007

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    Easter Eggs

    "You can't go home yet" was all that I heard. Every day I shuffled into the crammed meeting room with the faded yellow walls, and heard the doctors deny me freedom. I was in the hospital for the sixth time due to a manic attack. I don't remember most of it, but as the...
    hollyjulia hollyjulia 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 13, 2009

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    i have been in a mental hospital

    for suicide and self harm. they diagnosed me with depression and had to take pills for it.the pill made me feel better but i guess i got used to them and i don't feel the effect of the pill.
    ladyangel924 ladyangel924 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 14

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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 3 Responses Oct 28, 2014

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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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    Many. But. Egos

    and pill pushers run them. No cures. Just new rules And moronic arts. Why no cures. Profit.
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 6

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    just visiting a cousin.

    I was not a patient.
    meanameicallmyself2 meanameicallmyself2 36-40, M 1 Response Jun 4

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    I've been going threw therapy

    because I had voices in my head and susidal thoughts and one day they sent me to a hospital (not mental)and I was there for 2 weeks then after a week of going to a school full of people with mental problems the voices stated coming back and I had a very weird dream the...
    cloudysky2257 cloudysky2257 13-15, F Jun 28

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    It's scary. We are scared.

    And so we laugh. We laugh at the girl who has a serious conversation with a ninth floor window. We laugh at the girl who picks up the phone and duals no numbers, yet speaks into it earnestly, though we all know that phone only receives calls. We laugh at the girl who...
    RandomInkFlow RandomInkFlow 18-21, T 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    If they can't put you into a steel cage,

    then they'll put you in a padded one...
    Eyedea9 Eyedea9 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    So we have a really nice lady here

    who is absolutely convinced that everyone is out to get her. She regularly claims that people are being racist. One day u heard her yelling to her nurse about her doctor being racist. "I see him, he comes and he see one patient, another patient. He sees many many patients and I...
    RandomInkFlow RandomInkFlow 18-21, T Aug 10

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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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    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 20 Responses Jun 22, 2009

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    It was interesting. I really like the patients

    there. Though the rules and the nurses were stict as anything. I wasn't particularly fond of the staff, even though all of them liked how well behaved I acted around them. The schizophrenics were interesting. They were hungry constantly because of their anti psychotic meds that...
    NightOwlGirl NightOwlGirl 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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    Was there for a month,

    came out nearly 2 weeks ago.. It really did help me but now I'm going back to the same as I was before
    neutralwalrus neutralwalrus 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 9

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    Hands down best part of any day is watching

    someone pick up the phone that only receives incoming calls, press 3 or 4 numbers, in all seriousness, and sit down to have a lengthy phone conversation. The first time she picked it up, I was about to tell her that outgoing calls have to be made on the other phone, but then she...
    RandomInkFlow RandomInkFlow 18-21, T 5 Responses Aug 12

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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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    Best new patient greeting I've ever seen.

    (yelling) "I have Jesus! Jesus loves me. I don't care if you hate me, I don't care what you think. I have love because I have Jesus! (normal voice) Hi, I'm Jess"
    RandomInkFlow RandomInkFlow 18-21, T 1 Response Aug 13

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    It isnt so bad. At first it was scary

    for me and it can be the first few days. It gets better though. Seek help if you need it. Don't be afraid.
    ChangingFaces5 ChangingFaces5 26-30 3 Responses May 6

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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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    Been in hospital 5 times in 9 years my last

    time in hospital was 2011 suffering with anorexia and manic depression and really bad self harm I made friends I hospital yes but I have made a vow to my children that they will never have to see me like that, I was on 24 hour watch 2 nurses would be with me every second of...
    leahlovesyou leahlovesyou 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    Yes I have was in one

    for over four years, as an employee of course lol
    BeyondGreenEyes BeyondGreenEyes 31-35, F 7 Responses Mar 29

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    Twelve. *******. Times.

    first time, five days second time, two weeks third, three weeks fourth, a week and a half fifth, eleven days sixth, two weeks seventh, six weeks eighth, ninth, and tenth, fourteen months consecutively eleventh, three months twelfth, six weeks
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 8

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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 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 22, 2007

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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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    The Visitor

    I've been in a mental hospital; not as a patient, as a visitor. There used to be Christmas parties where my mum worked 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 because there was always...
    AngelofPink AngelofPink 22-25, F 15 Responses Mar 10, 2010

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    I'm going to be posting here a lot

    because this is going to become like my diary for psych ward stories. Now, this is technically the 4th or 5th ward I've been in, and it has been by far the craziest (no pun intended. Jk, pun totally intended) experience so far. For example, today there is someone wandering the...
    RandomInkFlow RandomInkFlow 18-21, T 1 Response Aug 9

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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 16-17, F Sep 1, 2014

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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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    I got out this morning.

    Let's just say I was committed in June 2014. I was that bad. *************** I was forcibly admitted to a hospital. I got in there. My dad went to talk to a social worker. I tried running after him, screaming. I was restrained by a nurse. She held me in a lock until I calmed...
    troubledjealousteen troubledjealousteen 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 25