Ward 4b at Martin Army Community Hospital in Ft. Benning, GA.

From mid October to the first week of December 1990 I were there, I do not know if still is but it was at the fourth floor of the Martin Army Community Hospital in Ft. Benning, GA.  As I write this, all those memories come back not as flashbacks but in a more benign form.   I made good friends there, a person from Maine and two from Texas.    I remember that for some time I could not go pass the door it was a prison of sorts but every Monday we went on tour to different places.  I remember the staff they were good people a lot of them from the Reserve.  I cannot really rate the experience because it was my first and only time in a psych ward.  What I can say is that it changed the course of my life.

jc2009 jc2009
41-45, M
7 Responses Mar 21, 2009

We each have a path that we must walk in life and that path take's many twist's and turn's that we donot alway's understand. In time my friend it will become clear to us and we will understand. I believe the lady said, I choose to be happy. Wisdom come's with age. We will get there together my friend.

Thank you lagarto you made me laugh just when I need it.

I've been inside a mental hospital 3 times; once in a state facility (involuntarily committed) - twice I committed myself in private hospitals. What I noticed about all three facilities is that none of them had gift shops.<br />
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I mean, what about a T-shirt that said, "My dad went cookoo-pants and all I got was this stupid T-shirt".

it was a military hospital and if I remember correctly everything was<br />
painted off white. It was very clean and the only private rooms were<br />
for soldiers who were a danger to themselves or to others. The staff was<br />
Polite and I even befriend one of the nurses. Overall I guess it was an sterile<br />
environment.

Did the enviroment help your overall experience or was it unpleasant in there? I have seen pictures and all the pictures I have seen look very depressing. Is that how it was?

Thank you for your comment. It was good in part because I finished college I got a job, bought a house; I have been in a stable relationship for almost 11 years. <br><br />
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The bad part, I fail. I never got the chance to fulfill my dream of becoming a soldier.<br><br />
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In my mind that unfulfilled dream matters more than anything else.

"What I can say is that it change the course of my life." <br />
Overall, was it a good or a bad change?