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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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    And to anyone that cares.

    I am going again...
    Biandshy Biandshy 13-15, F 4 Responses Jun 11

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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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    Terrible and scary experience.

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

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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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    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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    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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    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 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 4 Responses May 24

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Jul 17

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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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    They suck profusely. I've never gotten therapy

    there. Just drugs. Many many drugs.
    BrokenBrain123 BrokenBrain123 22-25 1 Response Aug 29

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Aug 26

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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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    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 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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    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 2 Responses Aug 9

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    BrokenBrain123 BrokenBrain123 22-25 Sep 5

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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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    If you are in multiple groups with me

    and see this my bad but I was sent away from the hospital after telling them I needed help with my bipolar and that's appalling. They said they couldn't help. Are you joking? I needed inpatient services.
    BrokenBrain123 BrokenBrain123 22-25 Sep 9

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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 literally am reading all these stories

    and my heart aches. I have been in two mental hospitals and been batteling depression for six years. I have cutt every place there is skin on my body, I cannot even knic myself with a razor without having a raging impulse to make the cutt deeper. I hear voices and see things...
    Gonzales96 Gonzales96 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 hrs ago

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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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    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 1 Response Jul 8

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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 5 Responses Sep 1

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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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    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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    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 have a choice, to go

    for four months or to stay here. I wanna go back but I don't wanna leave my family. Over there (believe it or not) it was perfect. No one judged me.
    Dyylaanxx Dyylaanxx 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 6

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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'm actually in one now

    and I don't see myself getting out anytime soon
    romanalanski romanalanski 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 3

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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