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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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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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    Suicide attempts, self harm,

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

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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 was no outdoor space. The views from the windows were all of other parts of the hospital building. They...
    kdkorz10211 kdkorz10211 22-25, T Nov 2, 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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    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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    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 and got suspended for quite a long time. I got into violent arguments with my mother. I felt depressed often. I took pills...
    rfacklam rfacklam 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 9, 2013

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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 16 Responses Mar 10, 2010

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    http://health.clevelandclinic.

    org/2014/01/greater-number-diseases-now-attributed-to-smoking/
    cronin43 cronin43 46-50, F Mar 14

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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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    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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    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 showing up to work, school, didn't answer my phone and I was just laying in bed thinking of different ways to kill myself...
    surrealreality surrealreality 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 23, 2013

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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'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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    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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    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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    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 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 Feb 5

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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 when i was 16 years old just before the school year started i was only there for ten days then i went to east house at McLeans...
    sross9 sross9 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2013

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 bigger complex of psychiatric units. There were rehab wings, nursing homes, emergency units and a security wing for dangerous patients. Some...
    MargaretMcCormick MargaretMcCormick 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 21, 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 better than being locked in a small area. Well O.P is not bad but it is boring just a lot of therapy. The first day was yesterday but I...
    nowheretorun88 nowheretorun88 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 6, 2013

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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 3 Responses Nov 8, 2012

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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 times where they had to call in the emergency response team. i was having reactions to the pain meds they were giving me. i ended up in ICU...
    vanillaflame vanillaflame 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 1, 2007

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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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    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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    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 7 Responses Apr 17, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Aug 14, 2013

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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 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 an evaluation. A cop followed us there to make sure we went. So there i was at the hospital. They poked and prodded me with...
    Sierce Sierce 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 31, 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 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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    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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    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 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 6 days ago

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    Tell me, have you ever experienced a stay at a

    psychiatric ward? Some call them insane asylums, mental institutions, mental health rehabilitation centers, and some other things. So tell me, have you been there? Honestly, I think it's fabulous. I just got home from being at the ward for a week about an hour ago. It was my...
    omghipster omghipster 16-17, F 7 Responses Dec 3, 2013

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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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    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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    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 in anymore. I want to talk about what it was like but no one wants to listen, due to its "taboo" nature. It is traumatizing that I...
    incendioflames incendioflames 18-21, F Mar 19

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    Anonomous441 Anonomous441 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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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 boyfriend, so I staring loosing weight. At first I wanted to be 40, then 35, then 30...At the beginning of July I was 34 kilos and my...
    ioanac3 ioanac3 16-17, F Dec 28, 2013

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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 make up tips. It was a bit sad to see young woman so depressed but I hope I helped a bit.
    justmeand11 justmeand11 22-25 Nov 10, 2013

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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 be able to return to their homes without fleeing back to the ward. I understand this. After a while of staying there and while...
    InexplicableKy InexplicableKy 18-21, F Jan 20

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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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    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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    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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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 4

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