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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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    "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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    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, 2014

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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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    My only goal for 2015 is to stay out of the

    hospital. I know its going to be a hard goal to keep but let hope and pray I can do it. It will prove that I'm strong and am no longer battling it as bad.
    sadly203 sadly203 18-21 2 Responses Jan 5

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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, 2014

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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 70+, F 15 Responses Mar 10, 2010

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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, 2014

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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 1 Response Sep 1, 2014

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    BootyHadMeLikeDamn BootyHadMeLikeDamn 13-15, F Dec 7, 2014

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    Yea, I was placed in the psych ward in June of

    2014. This guy there kept hitting on me. He said he would spend his income tax check on me. I wanted to punch him in the face. I told him I had a girlfriend. And he asked for her name so I said Perrie Edwards. He said he knew her. But he didn't because she is in a British Girl...
    ButterflyBandage ButterflyBandage 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 29

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    Well, going to, at least.

    My doctor said it'd be a good idea.
    Hiiamawhovian Hiiamawhovian 13-15, F 5 Responses Mar 28

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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, 2014

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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 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 19, 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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    I went and visited a friend at one,

    so I was technically at one. Not as a patient but as a visitor.
    Batman328 Batman328 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 2

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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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    I have been a patient at one twice,

    once last spring and the other the year before that My goal is to never have to go to one again. I may post why sometime or I may not.
    Ivygirl96 Ivygirl96 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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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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    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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    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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    there was a man called Mathieu- big glasses,

    clean shaved,blue eyes, blond hair, mid thirties, political/social, writes speaches for major "connaissance" in France, always offered me cigarettes, and loved to remind me of my age. another called Benjamin- slightly chubby, very kind, slightly unshaven, musician, expresses...
    UnusualAngel UnusualAngel 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 6

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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, 2014

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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 22-25, F Apr 14, 2014

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    1 month last year and they maybe gonna put me

    in a mental hospital next week again 👍
    Celine1804 Celine1804 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 14

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    Things I remember... Cuffed by a bed,

    straitjacket, isolation room, mean nurses, insults, fights - lots of fights, hit, sedatives, lots of pills, crying, lies.. This is their design.
    Sanding Sanding 16-17, M 4 Responses Jan 7

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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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    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 Apr 7

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    I kept busy but it was a place

    that made me feel so dangerous and emotionally unstable and I hope to never go to a mental hospital ever again
    Nightdude55 Nightdude55 18-21, M Feb 25

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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, 2014

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    I was sent to a mental hospital

    for PTSD add and being a skittzo I was only 15 they drugged me out of my mind it took me a year to come to my sinces
    babbysitting babbysitting 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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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 2 Responses Dec 9, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 11 Responses Sep 17, 2014

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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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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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've been hospitalize 3 times.

    One in December 2013, one in March 2014 and another in November 2014. Been in two different hospitals. Been twice in one of them. The first time was of a mental breakdown followed by a panic attack and anxiety and for being suicidal and having homicidal thoughts. I was a mess...
    AndreaCulea AndreaCulea 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 29

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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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    Yes I have was in one

    for over four years, as an employee of course lol
    BeyondGreenEyes BeyondGreenEyes 31-35, F 11 Responses Mar 29

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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, 2014

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    I'm proud to say that I have been out of the

    hospital for a month now. Ya I've thought about going back just because it was a safe place that I needed again but I've made it through those hard times without it and I'm proud of myself. No one realizes the strength it takes to overcome the thoughts of suicide until they...
    sadly203 sadly203 18-21 1 Response Dec 11, 2014

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    When I was 14 I was in a mental hospital under

    suicide watch......I was there for 6 months. I still remember everything
    Broken0923 Broken0923 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    I have lost count. The last two were in November

    and December 2014. I think that makes somewhere between 12 and 15 psychiatric hospitalizations since 2009. Most of them were TDO's and I then signed in "voluntarily". That is mostly because my first TDO ended in being committed to a state hospital for 27 days. It was one of the...
    Shonnie Shonnie 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    I hate when people use the word "Schizo.

    " It is so deragatory. I thought that people who have actually been in a ward would understand terms like that are horrible. Phrases like, "I'm just ocd about that...I mean cdo. haha" **** me off so bad. I don't have ocd, but I know people who do. It is no joking matter and...
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 7

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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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