Updated: Apr 3
A mental hospital, often known as a psychiatric institution or psych ward, is designed for people who have psychological disorders and require intensive care to avoid harming others or themselves. You've probably heard of it before, but your expectations might be different from what the reality is. In this article, I share my experience at a mental hospital.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression, you should seek help from a mental health professional.
Why do some people say psych wards are bad?
The "psych ward" is still one of the most stigmatized places for mental care. Despite the changes in public views about mental health, the imagery of psych wards in society are still patients tied to beds, electroconvulsive treatment, and rooms with padded walls. These negative stereotypes are all around us. Cinema uses mental wards as settings for horror, tours to "haunted" asylums are advertised in travel guides, and psychiatric hospitals are still a factor in the creation of Halloween rides.
Despite public views that psych wards are imprisoning individuals, many patients choose to enter the clinic voluntarily and stay only for a few days or weeks. Discussions occur with the patient about whether or not a patient should get medications. Physical exams, vital-signs checks, and lab tests are performed on patients to ensure their health.
It's a place where people pick up the pieces of their life that have been shattered by illnesses. Doctors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists work together to treat the ill and guide patients out of the abyss. Patients may find hope in one another by discussing their stories, opening up in groups, sharing meals, and experiencing the comfort of shared experiences.
Every institute is different, and it mainly depends on the country and the associated rules. This article is focused on my experience and how I felt about it. I'm hoping it may be helpful to someone out there.
Because so much has happened, it's difficult to know what to say and what not to say in this article. I'll leave certain details out and attempt to describe it in such a manner that you can take something useful out of all this. The most important aspect of my articles will always remain the same: You should know that you are not alone if you can relate to what I'm writing.
My BPD Background
I have suffered from symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder since I was little due to a traumatic childhood. And therefore, I deal with suicidal tendencies. There have been several moments in my life where I was ready to end it.
I have suicidal thoughts every day, but there is a difference between the thoughts by themselves and really wanting it. The last time I really wanted to end it was when the most important person disappeared from my life. I didn't want to live with the loss. I was so convinced that I would be in pain for the rest of my life and I wanted to avoid that. During that time, I was unapproachable and no one could influence my perspective on life. I was determined and knew what I wanted. I behaved in such a way that the people around me thought I was in psychosis, it is still not clear whether this was the case.
My family was devastated by everything I did, including expressing that I did not want to live anymore. My family made the right decision to have me taken to a psychiatric institution after several stressful days.
My experience in a mental hospital