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I Have Been to a Mental Hospital

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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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    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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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 22, 2007

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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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    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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    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 1 Response 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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    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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    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 1 Response Sep 1, 2014

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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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    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 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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    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!
    VeniceTheMenice VeniceTheMenice 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 19

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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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    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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    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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    after 2 suicide attempt,

    5 years of self harm and 2 of eating disorder, i went to a mental hospital... And it kind of helped me but at the same time, my depression went up...
    jardougall jardougall 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2014

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    When I was 13 I wrote a poem about wanting to

    kill my mom that she found. When I got to the hospital they said I was normal and let me out the next day When I was 16 I attempted suicide and was very bulimic and went to the hospital. One doctor told me that it was my parents fault. I remember being scared to see them on...
    lonelygurl92 lonelygurl92 22-25, F Jan 11

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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 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 22-25, F Apr 14, 2014

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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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    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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    Things I remember... Cuffed by a bed,

    straitjacket, isolation room, mean nurses, insults, fights - lots of fights, hit, sedatives, lots of pills, crying, lies.. This is their design.
    Sanding Sanding 16-17, M 4 Responses Jan 7

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    My only goal for 2015 is to stay out of the

    hospital. I know its going to be a hard goal to keep but let hope and pray I can do it. It will prove that I'm strong and am no longer battling it as bad.
    sadly203 sadly203 18-21 2 Responses Jan 5

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    I was formed on Tuesday.

    Picked up by paramedics from my therapist's office. Not fun at all. The ER nurse took blood to run some tests, she shoved the needle into a cut I had made on by elbow that was still scabbed. I was horrified to see that. When I asked her why she was doing blood work as I had had...
    missmalky missmalky 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2014

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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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    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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    I've been hospitalize 3 times.

    One in December 2013, one in March 2014 and another in November 2014. Been in two different hospitals. Been twice in one of them. The first time was of a mental breakdown followed by a panic attack and anxiety and for being suicidal and having homicidal thoughts. I was a mess...
    AndreaCulea AndreaCulea 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 29

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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 11 Responses Sep 17, 2014

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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 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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    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 1 Response May 14

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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 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'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 have been a patient at one twice,

    once last spring and the other the year before that My goal is to never have to go to one again. I may post why sometime or I may not.
    Ivygirl96 Ivygirl96 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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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 10 Responses Mar 29

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    My mom sent me to a mental hospital

    so she didn't have to deal with me or the sexual abuse investigation between my step dad and I.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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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 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 went and visited a friend at one,

    so I was technically at one. Not as a patient but as a visitor.
    Batman328 Batman328 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 2

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    I've only been twice.

    Once because my therapist thought that my cutting was getting out of hand. The other time for actually trying.
    Holmesdown Holmesdown 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2014

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    I'm proud to say that I have been out of the

    hospital for a month now. Ya I've thought about going back just because it was a safe place that I needed again but I've made it through those hard times without it and I'm proud of myself. No one realizes the strength it takes to overcome the thoughts of suicide until they...
    sadly203 sadly203 18-21 1 Response Dec 11, 2014

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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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    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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