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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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    I actually just got out today.

    The sad part is it wasn't my first time.. or my second time, or even my fifth time. It was my eleventh time. Im wondering of im even mean for life. I really dont think I am. I just want to be happy, I have tried everything that someone under 18 can do. Maybe when im 18 it'll get...
    austinsucks austinsucks 16-17, T 3 Responses May 24

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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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    All Because of a Man

    I was married for about   a yr and a half ...  i was working for Claire's in the mall by our house in cinci ...  and my husband would always pick me up at night  when i would get off work ...  well i started to notice that when he was picking me up...
    starstruck2xtrme starstruck2xtrme 26-30, F 7 Responses Feb 23, 2007

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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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    I've Been To A Mental Hosptial

    I've been to a mental hospital 4 times. The first time i went i was there for eight days. Second time eleven days. Third time ten days. Fourth time a week. I have depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, an eating disorder and i cut. I'm on four different pills. I also believe...
    madisonw1001 madisonw1001 13-15, F 8 Responses Nov 8, 2013

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    Out of the blue, it happened.

    I began cutting myself again. It has been almost 6 years since the last knife touched my skin. It was catching up with me: the mother, the wife, housewife and the full time worker. My husband were taking a ride in the car one of the few nights he was home. I couldn't stop...
    strangerinacrowd strangerinacrowd 31-35, F Mar 11

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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 18-21, F 17 Responses Mar 10, 2010

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    I've been to canyon ridge mental hospital 5

    times for suicide attempts and thoughts it's really affect my life more then I thought it would and I never want to go back
    Shayalex Shayalex 18-21 2 Responses Mar 3

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    Sectioned/certified/committed/detained-- My Stint In Short Stay Facilities In North America

    It all started in April, 2008. I was off my Celexa and seeing black holes. I thought that since I was an illegal immigrant, I was screwed unless Jack took me to that illegal clinic that he mentioned, that had a doctor that would prescribe you anything you wanted if you...
    Anastassia54 Anastassia54 22-25, F 2 Responses May 16, 2010

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    They Still Lock Up Gay People!

    "I'm not CRAZY, I've just been in a  very bad mood for forty years!"    -Weezer Boudreaux (Steel Magnolias) I used to be terribly ashamed of what I am about to tell you but I am not any more because it is just another one of those experiences that...
    choctawgrrrl choctawgrrrl 41-45, F 11 Responses Dec 18, 2008

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    Actually, it was a psych ward in the hospital.

    I had tried to commit suicide. Not the worst place to be, but it's fine for a few days. At least at this one. Nice staff, but not a lot to do. Kind of a dumpy place, drab, boreing. But at least there was a porch. Which you could only go out on if an aide was with you. Like...
    alcross alcross 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    I have been to many hospitals

    since the age of twelve. I have been diagnosed with bipolar since the age of six. I was first put into restraints when I was twelve. This means I was strapped to a bed in leather restraints like I was someone going to die on death row. They injected me with a tranqulizer and to...
    number1stella number1stella 26-30 3 Responses Jul 8

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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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    3 times in about a year.

    It was torture. I'm not insane, I'm not crazy, they need to quit saying I am. I'd rather die then be in those stupid rooms. But I'd rather die then live in the first place.
    Lastrit Lastrit 13-15, M 2 Responses Jul 17

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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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    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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    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 4 Responses Jul 19, 2007

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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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    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 at one AGAIN. It's

    so boring. I'm allowed to leave my room but I don't want to. I have 2 pairs of clothes and my black converses. They took my piercings out. Everything in my room looks baby proof. And the staff talk to us like we're retards. Just being here might MAKE me mental!
    JayyPsythe JayyPsythe 13-15, M 2 Responses Feb 2

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    I fell into a deep bout of depression

    when I was 10, by the time I was 12 I had developed an eating disorder(anorexia) after a serious self harm injury, when I had reached a particularly low weight, I was admitted to hospital after the 3 rd night I had put on a pound and a half, and my injury had stopped being...
    EsmeIsAwesome EsmeIsAwesome 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 24

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    Suicide attempts, self harm,

    depression... What not lol
    petra1erksn petra1erksn 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 3

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    Mental Hospital

    I went to one after my suicide in my teens.Its funny how those places work.They did nothing to help me or the underlying problems that lead up to it, they just medicated me to zombie mode.It took me 30 years to get my depression diagnosed preperly and find a medication that...
    mailmanshadow mailmanshadow 51-55, M 6 Responses Apr 17, 2011

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    i have been encouraged from my last visit to

    the psychward not to go back unfortunately that no longer works.cause ive found a stash of my medication and will try o overdose at some point cause i have a lack of self control.Im going to try the emergency room this time.They never send me to the psych ward cause they say my...
    Passionfruit3 Passionfruit3 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 5

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    Suicide threats, most notably attempting to

    jump on front of Norfolk Southerns container train 22W.... If Hammond Police had not shown up when they did I wouldn't be here typing this If someone you know is thinking of suicide call this number. Remember: one friend CAN save a life
    Thunderwolf1997 Thunderwolf1997 16-17, M Mar 3

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    I admitted myself as suicidal at a local

    emergency room and was transferred from there to a private mental health facility. I understood that it would be for at least 72 hours. The first night I was there, I was placed where there was a bed -- on a unit with people who have much more "active" mental illnesses that I...
    UUMonk UUMonk 36-40, M 2 Responses May 25

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    I spent the last month in a mental hospital.

    I wont go into any details as to why, but it was a horrible experience. Yes I was in a safe place, and even tho I had loads of family visit me and call me (inpatients number) I felt lonely. I had no controll over what my husband was doing on the outside so I felt very paraniod...
    sarahk85 sarahk85 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 2

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    On September 23,2013 I was put in a mental

    hospital for 2 weeks for trying to cut my throat with a knife . I also was cutting my wrists and stomach. I'm not crazy but I hear voices telling me what to do.
    meellanie meellanie 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 17

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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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    In Riverside, They Don't Turn Out The Lights At Night

    I had cuts on my arms that I had to make myself look crazy. To get into an impatient program. I was homeless, and needed help with everything. I went to the window and asked for something for anxiety. I was picking at my scabs. The staff woman beside me said "give her something...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 29, 2010

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    These days it seems in-patient mental

    healthcare facilities are pulling double duty as detox centers... at least that's been my experience. I've never had to detox but I have had to be an in-patient for my mental health issues.
    utahwriter utahwriter 36-40, M May 13

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    At first I thought it was awful.

    I was in the ER at first, where they gave me some meds to sleep and then woke me up at 2am to move upstairs to the psych ward. Three different nurses asked me the same questions while I was half asleep, and then they took my jacket, my sweatpants, and my bras, leaving me with...
    showusyoursouls showusyoursouls 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 4

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    I have been to many hospitals

    since the age of twelve. I have been diagnosed with bipolar since the age of six. I was first put into restraints when I was twelve. This means I was strapped to a bed in leather restraints like I was someone going to die on death row. They injected me with a tranqulizer and to...
    number1stella number1stella 26-30 1 Response Jul 8

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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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    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've been to the local hospitals ER

    and then psych ward, and those were terrible because it doesn't help me BUT I had a really good experience at a long term facility. I spent 4 months in this long term facility and missed the second semester of my senior year and I missed prom. I didn't care though because I...
    musicsaveslivesxo musicsaveslivesxo 18-21, F Mar 9

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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 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 23, 2007

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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'm going back. I had a plan to kill myself

    tomorrow night with sleeping and depression pills. I was going to do it. They found out and now I'm going to the ER and being admitted to a mental hospital, once again.
    heretodie heretodie 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 13

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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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    And to anyone that cares.

    I am going again...
    Biandshy Biandshy 13-15, F 4 Responses Jun 11

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    org/2014/01/greater-number-diseases-now-attributed-to-smoking/
    cronin43 cronin43 51-55, F Mar 14

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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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    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 really miss all my friends I made there I

    wonder if I will ever see them again I got so close to them the 8 days I was there then I might not ever see them again and I only know their first names
    lonelinessneverfades lonelinessneverfades 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 1

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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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    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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    It was kinda weird we had to use soap on the

    wall if your parents didn't bring you shampoo or conditioner or body wash. I usually just borrowed other peoples soap for my shower. Every morning you had to get your vitals. Basically they took your temperature and blood pressure. Then they would give u your meds and ask how...
    lonelinessneverfades lonelinessneverfades 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    I've been in 4 mental hospitals

    and I probably will end up going to another one soon. I see myself slipping further and further from reality and into the darkness of my past. I really need help
    kayelani kayelani 16-17, F 4 Responses May 24

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    I have been to many hospitals

    since the age of twelve. I have been diagnosed with bipolar since the age of six. I was first put into restraints when I was twelve. This means I was strapped to a bed in leather restraints like I was someone going to die on death row. They injected me with a tranqulizer and to...
    number1stella number1stella 26-30 Jul 8

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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 was in and out of mental hospitals

    and behavioral centers for 7 months. Its so weird being out now even though its been about a year and a half. I was so use being institutionalized.
    noone3424 noone3424 18-21, M Mar 2

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    About three weeks ago I was put in a mental

    hospital for my issues. It did help me to be honest...sorta. I am trying to cope , but I did meet some people like me in their. I am not embarrassed because I was in a mental hospital.
    BipolaLove BipolaLove 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 26

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