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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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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 46-50, F 9 Responses Sep 17, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Apr 7

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    I have lost count. The last two were in November

    and December 2014. I think that makes somewhere between 12 and 15 psychiatric hospitalizations since 2009. Most of them were TDO's and I then signed in "voluntarily". That is mostly because my first TDO ended in being committed to a state hospital for 27 days. It was one of the...
    Shonnie Shonnie 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 30

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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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    Yes I have was in one

    for over four years, as an employee of course lol
    BeyondGreenEyes BeyondGreenEyes 31-35, F 9 Responses Mar 29

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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 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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    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 have been an inpatient in a private mental

    hospital one time. I was in the adolescent unit (children and teens age 12-17). I was admitted at 4 in the morning after I waited for about 4 hours in the emergency room. They weighed me and checked my height. Then I was asked to ***** behind a curtain, put on a hospital...
    cielphantomhives cielphantomhives 13-15, T 2 Responses Apr 23

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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 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 19, 2007

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    Well, going to, at least.

    My doctor said it'd be a good idea.
    Hiiamawhovian Hiiamawhovian 13-15, F 5 Responses Mar 28

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    I'm here voluntarily desperately seeking help

    but I'm questioning the system. Who's to tell me how I can and can't feel? How my thought processes should work? What's right and what's wrong? Maybe I'm meant to live in misery. A change would be so incredibly hard. I feel like I'd lose myself if I didn't have bpd or if it...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 28, 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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    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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    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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    I spent a week in the adolescent wing.

    At first it made my depression,anxiety, and suicidal thoughts worse but it got better. The no phone or makeup rule was a lot harder then I thought and did not really help with my self confidence. I'm glad I'm out but I sometimes miss the safety and support I had in there.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 3

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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 2 Responses Jun 3

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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 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 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    When I was 14 I was in a mental hospital under

    suicide watch......I was there for 6 months. I still remember everything
    Broken0923 Broken0923 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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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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    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'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 3 days ago

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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

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    I hate how people think I should be ashamed

    that I've been an inpatient at a mental hospital. I have people telling me not to tell anyone and to keep it a secret.
    DelaneyJade DelaneyJade 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 4

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    Had some of the best times of my life.

    Couple of crazies all together. Simply people who got f'd in da face by reality. Mother b*tch!
    VeniceTheFree VeniceTheFree 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 19

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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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    The first time, I had attempted suicide around

    30 years old, I attempted to cut my wrists, it was over the fact that I lost everything and I was a hardcore alcoholic, while in the hospital they diagnosed me with Schizoaffective, I knew there was something wrong with me but did not know to what extreme, after attempting to...
    squeezenbiteme squeezenbiteme 31-35, M 2 Responses May 14

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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, 2014

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    I kept busy but it was a place

    that made me feel so dangerous and emotionally unstable and I hope to never go to a mental hospital ever again
    Nightdude55 Nightdude55 22-25, M Feb 25

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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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    there was a man called Mathieu- big glasses,

    clean shaved,blue eyes, blond hair, mid thirties, political/social, writes speaches for major "connaissance" in France, always offered me cigarettes, and loved to remind me of my age. another called Benjamin- slightly chubby, very kind, slightly unshaven, musician, expresses...
    UnusualAngel UnusualAngel 18-21, F Feb 6

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    I spent 10 days in an inpatient mental hospital.

    It was horrendous. I was almost strangled to death by another patient at night. I was so drugged I don't remember a whole heck of a lot
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 13

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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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    Im in hospital right now.

    . Theres an old lady with a towel on her head singing religious songs and laughing, and i swear a guy was sent here for dad jokes, cos he is constantly roaming the halls and doing them. Last time i was in a hospital i made my best friends and we rocked it for 2 years literally...
    lauhi lauhi 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 3

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    I was sent to a mental hospital

    for PTSD add and being a skittzo I was only 15 they drugged me out of my mind it took me a year to come to my sinces
    babbysitting babbysitting 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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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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    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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    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 hate when people use the word "Schizo.

    " It is so deragatory. I thought that people who have actually been in a ward would understand terms like that are horrible. Phrases like, "I'm just ocd about that...I mean cdo. haha" **** me off so bad. I don't have ocd, but I know people who do. It is no joking matter and...
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 7

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