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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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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 32 Responses Mar 8, 2012

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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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    Blueclouds1234 Blueclouds1234 22-25 1 Response Aug 6

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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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    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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    alright, well. no one wants to hear about this

    in real life, so I'm sure no wants to hear it here either. I kind of want to get what happened at Brynn Marr (mental hospital) and since then out of my system. let me start from the beginning. one day i had to get a check up because cancer runs in my family. they told me to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 27

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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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    Several. Am now allergic.

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    My name is Chaya. The "C" is silent

    so it sounds like I'm saying "Hiya". (Although technically, it's Hebrew and the "Ch" makes a phlegmy sound from the back of your throat) Silly me went to the bathroom as the nurse started her rounds so I had this exchange from the bathroom stall with my pants around my ankles...
    RandomInkFlow RandomInkFlow 18-21, T 2 Responses Aug 15

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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 means a lot to me

    that someone is willing to share their experience, but this is EP, so...well, when I was early 14 I felt suicidal. I told my parents and willingly went to the ER. A man came to evaluate me and I said I wanted to go to the psych ward. They let me. But, before I went in, after I...
    soccacutie23 soccacutie23 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 15

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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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    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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    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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 12

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    http://loveaschizophrenic.

    blogspot.com/ This is my blog about life from the view of a schizophrenic. Please read, comment, and share with friends and family. Thanks
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F Jul 4

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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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    12 months all together,

    spread over 3 years.
    xoliviaclairex xoliviaclairex 18-21, F 6 days ago

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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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    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 went in their on some outpatient bullshit

    when I was a kid. it honestly made me 100x worse. especially the group therapy, I'm not one to talk about my feeling. I got put into full time after I cussed out one of the counslers(it was because I was refusing my meds, and he said I wouldn't get anywhere in life without his...
    AustinOsten AustinOsten 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 3

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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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    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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    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 Aug 26

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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 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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    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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    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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    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 Aug 27

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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 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 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 25

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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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    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 Aug 26

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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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    in 2012 i admitted myself into the physc ward

    cuz i felt like killing myself. i tried every med nothing was helping. so my last resort was shock treatments..worst thing that ever happened to me. my life has been ruined i wish i was dead
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F 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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    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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    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 have been in one for over two months

    now due to having severe depression and suicidal ideation. I was sectioned and forced to stay in one to keep me safe...and no lie, these few months have been a journey of struggles and incidents but I am on the right way to recovery. I still am unsure when they'll release me but...
    driftingalone driftingalone 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 1

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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 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