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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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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...
    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...
    nowheretorun88 nowheretorun88 26-30, M Oct 28, 2013

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 28, 2011

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    I'm being forced to go to a psych ward. See u guys
    Anonomous441 Anonomous441 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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    A Short Version Of My Story - I have been to a mental hospital four different times. And i have been to four other programs. I was first admitted to Bader 5 at children's hospital...
    sross9 sross9 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 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...
    onthesoapbox onthesoapbox 19-21, F 1 Response Oct 22, 2007

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    Thank Goodness It Was There For Me - i had an outpatient surgery this past February that ended up with me in the hospital for a week. i coded (code blue, respiratory failure) 2...
    vanillaflame vanillaflame 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 1, 2007

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    Twice - The first time was after my suicide attempt. I was 17, so I was sent to Mills Peninsula's adolescent ward. This place sucked. The ward was on the third floor and there...
    kdkorz10211 kdkorz10211 22-25, T Nov 2, 2013

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    Age 17. Being there felt unreal, yet safe. I wanted to get out but I met some really nice girls there. After I got back to school I had a hard time because I felt like I didn't fit...
    incendioflames incendioflames 18-21, F Mar 19

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    Just Visiting! - Went to a mental health facility for teenage girls to try to activate their self esteem. Taught them about taking care of their skin and gave them makeovers and...
    justmeand11 justmeand11 22-25 Nov 10, 2013

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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...
    musicsaveslivesxo musicsaveslivesxo 18-21, F Mar 9

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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...
    crazygirl76 crazygirl76 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 14, 2013

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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...
    alcross alcross 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 8

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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 1 Response Mar 3

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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...
    johnwad3 johnwad3 26-30, M 11 Responses Dec 18, 2006

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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...
    Jacob1080David Jacob1080David 22-25, M 16 Responses May 2, 2010

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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...
    hollyjulia hollyjulia 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 13, 2009

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    Twice. In one year. Plus I had after school care and tons of therapy. It didn't help I'm still as bad as I was the first time. Still majorly depressed. Meh
    sageykinz sageykinz 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 3

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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...
    randomdriftwood randomdriftwood 21-25, F 4 Responses Jul 19, 2007

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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...
    AngelofPink AngelofPink 18-21, F 16 Responses Mar 10, 2010

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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"...
    BlueGeorgia BlueGeorgia 41-45, M 19 Responses Jan 26, 2008

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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...
    Passionfruit3 Passionfruit3 18-21, F Feb 5

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    Twice Actually - I was about 18 and during that year I went in twice that year in 1998. I was extremely depressed and just stop caring about everything. The first time I stop...
    surrealreality surrealreality 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 23, 2013

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    Everything happened this summer. Starting with February 2013 I started to consider myself ugly and fat ( I was 48 kilos and 160 cm) as my best friends left me and I had no...
    ioanac3 ioanac3 16-17, F Dec 28, 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...
    strangerinacrowd strangerinacrowd 31-35, F Mar 11

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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...
    halfgone halfgone 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 6, 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...
    SkippingTheGoldenYears SkippingTheGoldenYears 18-21, F 31 Responses Mar 8, 2012

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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...
    gabsmedal gabsmedal 18-21, F 3 days ago

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 18, 2008

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    Life In A Psych Ward - When I was in eighth grade, I was sent to a mental hospital. There were a lot of reasons I was sent there. I had a rough year that year. I made a bomb threat...
    rfacklam rfacklam 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 9, 2013

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    A couple months ago. I went because i have suicidal thoughts, and my anger is worsening. I was at school. The counselor called my dad and said i needed to go to the hospital for...
    Sierce Sierce 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2013

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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...
    starstruck2xtrme starstruck2xtrme 26-30, F 7 Responses Feb 23, 2007

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    I've been in and out of a ward and have developed some interesting memories. I surprisingly made plenty of friends while during my stay, but on a sad note know that they will never...
    InexplicableKy InexplicableKy 18-21, F Jan 20

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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...
    JayyPsythe JayyPsythe 13-15, M 2 Responses Feb 2

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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...
    smellsliketeenspirit105 smellsliketeenspirit105 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 8, 2012

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    cronin43 cronin43 46-50 Mar 14

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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...
    Thunderwolf1997 Thunderwolf1997 16-17, M Mar 3

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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...
    DND DND 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 8, 2007

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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...
    Eggyegg Eggyegg 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 4, 2011

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    Well I have only been to one hospital. I have been admitted once but nearly a second time, but I am on out patient. Well I have to go to the hospital three times a week which is...
    nowheretorun88 nowheretorun88 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 6, 2013

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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 1 Response Jan 9

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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...
    Dewduster Dewduster 66-70, M 22 Responses Jun 22, 2009

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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...
    noone3424 noone3424 18-21, M Mar 2

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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...
    CorkyHatch CorkyHatch 36-40, T 1 Response Jan 12

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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...
    madisonw1001 madisonw1001 13-15, F 7 Responses Nov 8, 2013

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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...
    choctawgrrrl choctawgrrrl 41-45, F 11 Responses Dec 18, 2008

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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...
    deadinsideout deadinsideout 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 24, 2013

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    An Important Lesson I Learned There - When I was fifteen, I was in treatment for bulimia at a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. This hospital was just one in the midst of a...
    MargaretMcCormick MargaretMcCormick 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 21, 2011

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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...
    thesoundofsilence thesoundofsilence 18-21, F 9 Responses May 9, 2007

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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...
    BipolaLove BipolaLove 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 26

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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...
    behindthemask behindthemask 26-30, F 10 Responses Feb 7, 2007