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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Suicide attempts, self harm,

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    My mom works at one,

    and I have anxiety and depression. She threatened to send me to the hospital yesterday after seeing my self harm.
    PanicAtTheDiscount PanicAtTheDiscount 13-15, F May 10

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Feb 26

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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 1 Response Mar 2

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    Terrible and scary experience.

    But the people were mostly nice.
    guardian96 guardian96 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 18

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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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    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 3 Responses Jul 8

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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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    When I was six my mum abandoned me at a mental

    asylum and I didn't see her or my family for 4 years. Trouble is whilst I was their doctors actually found that I posses the dark triad of traits and that I'm a schizophrenic.......
    zacisbest45 zacisbest45 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 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. 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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    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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    Wasn't a true mental hospital.

    More like a cheap crisis center for suicidal/abused teens. I remember the day I went. Around December I think, few years back. Mom was alive too. I was questioned by a psychologist to see if I had any mental issues, I remember lying because I didn't want to be there. Only stayed...
    CJCA CJCA 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    cronin43 cronin43 51-55, F Mar 14

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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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    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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    was a very dramatic stunt,

    played by my mother. At one point, I 'wanted' to be admitted. At least then, I'd have been comfortable. She was a lying, stubborn, idiotic, selfish, intrusive, judgemental, insulting b!tch. Which wasn't uncommon for her. My dad was such an assh0le. At the end of that paragraph...
    s0undgarden s0undgarden 16-17, M 3 Responses Aug 4

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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