She could be pretty lucid on good days, and had a real affinity for flowers. "I remember my exact thoughts were, 'Sh*t, I'm going to die.' We were all thrilled… he came back the following week because he stripped naked in school and threw a desk at his classmate. Of course, it wasn’t the cutting his arm or legs kind of mutilation. When I switched buses, a nicely dressed girl asked me if I was from Colorado. I never expected the delusions to have back stories. Don’t fuck with spice.”, “I worked in the dental clinic of a psychiatric hospital for a bit and I’ll never forget a patient named Terry. He then proceeded to tell me that he thought I was very hot and had to masturbate to the thought of me right afterwards and would do the same later. Staff in psych wards/institutions get a bad rap, but honestly, they wouldn’t put up with the kind of stuff they have to for the amount that they get paid if they didn’t feel a calling to be there. He lost one testicle in the 90s, attempted to cut off the other about ten years ago, and this time he tried taking the whole thing off. Share your stories/experiences from the psych ward as a patient or staff member/doctor. They had to tie him into his chair because he could sometimes become violent. He was in his early 30s, and it’s likely he’ll be in institutions for the rest of his life, partly because of years of bad decisions, and partly because of the hand he was dealt. "During lunch, I got repeatedly harassed by the bra thief (to the point where he was not allowed near me) and John would sit across from me licking his utensils while staring at me. “I had a kid once that kept freaking out during the night shift. "I was a bit freaked out, brushed it off with a nervous laugh and changed subjects. Arms hanging down by his sides. By subscribing, you agree to the terms of our Privacy Statement. Never had been. There was one guy who had brain damage from infant meningitis. Someone who would spend almost all their time walking in circles screaming at imaginary people. Ten years ago I spent time in a residential psychiatric ward. I don’t mean ‘couldn’t help himself from eating a second cookie.’—I mean zero. She was angry he was disrupting her sleep and I couldn't [have been] more thrilled. From violent and strange roommatesÂ to lifelong patients and attempted escapes,Â a lot of these stories sound like something straight out of a horror movie.Â, While much of what leads to people being sent to psych wards and what happens while there can be tragic and disturbing, it's clear that many facilities have no idea how to actually helpÂ the mentally ill. Rather than receivingÂ any help, manyÂ patients do and say whatever they have to just so they don't have to endure the facility anymore. He would mutilate himself for sexual pleasure. ANY years ago, after I had received my Ph.D. and while I was studying for my Psychologist licensing exam, I worked the 4:00 PM to midnight shift in a residential treatment program for severe psychiatric disorders.. Turned out that this is still, to this day I believe, the only psych patient that have ever been flown in to our facility. ... Want more creepy stories? He told me his father had found a camper and put it at a lake and he would be living there until he graduated. And none of them had given up on him. "Well, this one night I remember falling asleep rather fast and waking up in the middle of the night to someone singing, it started off faintly then got louder as the person neared my room, I then realized someone was pacing the hall singing. One time I heard him yell: ‘Fire every missile! He once ate all the staples out of a stapler before staff noticed what he was doing. He said he knows it is wrong, he knows he might be one of the only people in the world that has this issue and he realizes that taking away his genitals prevents him from forming lasting relationships. Maybe three years later I took a bus to interview for a graduate psych program. Several weeks after beginning the group, I mention this to another therapist, who informs me this woman has no husband or children, and never has.”. It was stark-cold terrifying.”, “I worked as an RN in an inpatient psych unit. stories of yesterday soy story mental illness depression it's kind of a funny story psychiatric ward hospital identity mental health 77 notes Nov 29th, 2015 Open in app I met a lot of interesting folks. I later learned from the dentist I had worked with that Terry had witnessed his little sister being brutally raped and murdered by their stepfather when they were children. These creepy true stories from psych wardÂ patients are enough to keep anyone up at night.Â, Redditors have shared their scary mental hospital stories, ranging from the unsettling to the terrifying, and it is no joke. Back to the hospital she went. I didn't know about it until an expatient that was visiting the ward asked me why I was washing my own clothes. He shuffled in and hands me something, says bye, and runs out. She was making her routine room checks and happened upon the most horrific scene Iâve ever heard.This was during the night shift, and generally, all the patientsâ bedroom doors should be closed. The three psych wards Iâve been in were pretty plain on the inside. A 16-year-old kid was in for molesting his 3-year-old sister. Psych wards have a bad reputation in general, and these true psych ward stories won't do anything to fix it. Some blame them for only being after the money, others accuse them of killing people with their brutal methods. Subscribe. He had in a way started to assume the identity of his little sister and he considered the girls in the pictures he cut out his friends. I suppose this story was on more of the funnier side but at the time it really freaked me out. From her head down her entire body. Tianna wants governments to set up special psychiatric wards for teenagers and young adults, as it is "scary'' for teens to be turned away from paediatric wards â¦ I felt horrible for jumping to conclusions, especially after I got to know him more and saw what a gentle, kind soul he was.”. Would randomly just start screaming asking his mother to stop hitting him. Hopefully someday theyâll find a â¦ That name rings a bell. We chatted for a while and I told her how happy I was to see her doing so well. It is incredibly unsettling hearing somebody shuffle into your room and scribble on a notepad, especially when you are already a paranoid schizophrenic. He said his (deceased) father was going to help him. And the truth of the matter is, my daughter is journeying into another landscape. It was in his file. I sat there frozen for a few seconds before she was tackled by two security guards. edit: forgot to mention—they found the eyeball in her stomach.”. He proceeded to pull his pants down and show me his boner.". Then, you had new hires that wouldn’t last more than a year, and although I never saw anything physically abusive, I definitely had to report staff being verbally abusive to clients.”. A nurse came in and said to me, all rushed, 'Don't worry, we have everything under control, just stay in your room quietly.' Most people feel relief â not anger â at being there. Broken humans that don’t work anymore and nobody knows what to do with them. The one that sticks with me the most is the patient who was married to their spouse for over 60 years. He said that since he is so isolated and there is no other way for him to get sexual gratification, he has to mutilate himself. Do you have any funny stories from a psych ward. The winds have picked up to 40 miles an hour. I’m going to have another baby!’. "We got talking and things seemed normal until he said he saw me when I was admitted the previous night. When you are in hospital for a mental illness, itâs no secret to anyone else on the ward why you are there. Another child, maybe 6, severely burned by a family member with a blowtorch. “I worked for a number of years a residential facility, ages 6-106 and have seen it all. She’d talked about this kid for months, in great detail, and we’d never thought to report it to her caseworker because we had no reason to doubt she was telling the truth. Psych wards have a bad reputation in general, and these true psych ward stories won't do anything to fix it. Typical stuff. And that was not the only animal. But my daughter is safe and warm inside the adolescent psych ward. by Fiona Rutherford. After a couple seconds of listening to them wrestle around on the floor, I finally heard the nurses come running to break it up. One of the things she most liked to do was take a cab to town when all the staff was distracted making lunch, buy a bunch of flowers, take the cab back and waltz back into her suite carrying an insane (literally) amount of daisies and shit. Stories From the Psych WardâCharlieâs Story (Teaser) I have been encouraged by the response to my little stories and character sketches inspired by my stay in the hospital. One full moon, and anyone who’s ever worked in a psychiatric facility knows what I’m talking about with full moons, she decided to pluck one of her eyes out with a plastic spoon she palmed from a tray on the way to the bathroom, despite her restraints and that two PRN attendants wheeled her down. The doors had no lock so another girl, probably about my age (early 20s) kicked my door open and stood in the doorway, staring at me with wide eyes and a knife in her hand. One that was consistently troubled was a patient with hallucinations and schizophrenia. When the resident asked him ‘Why?,’ he replied, ‘They are my only friends.’, “Kid that was completely dissociative. He would pull drinks out of the fridge and dump them over his own head, bash himself in the face with sporting equipment and just drop his pants and pee whenever he felt like it. As far as I could tell, he was 100% normal except for the whole mutilation thing.”. Unfortunately, they donât seem to make interior design a priority. Had another patient who cycled through almost 100 foster homes in their youth. I can totally see myself tearing those off of you.' When I first encountered him I automatically made the assumption that he was some sort of pedophile. Anybody opposed to euthanasia hasn’t seen real brain damage. I imagine some residual guilt/anger for her loss is what cause her to throat punch me for taking her doll. I couldn’t take how an individual could corrupt something so innocent.”, “I’ve worked at a psych unit for teens/children for a couple years. See more ideas about creepy, creepy stories, ghost stories. She was just the sweetest person ever. First, birth control and how babies are made are common areas of misconception which means nurses spend a â¦ In October 2019, I spent two weeks in a psychiatric ward. “When I was doing psych clerkship as a med student, there was a schizophrenic patient with the usual signs: auditory hallucinations, disheveled appearance, no expression on his face. He was a court-appointed commitment, as he was far too dangerous to walk the streets and too far gone to take part in any sort of rehab or social program. I turned around and there was nothing there but he kept staring anyway. Treatment was talking with patients, reading to them and taking long walks. Many years ago, there was a lady with horrific burns scars. She ate Styrofoam cups, plastic cutlery, plates…etc. One was a guy who had Korsakoff syndrome. Most older clients had a mild to moderate disability that today you would just accept as ‘slow,’ but since they had been there for so long, the facility was their home and they didn’t want to go elsewhere. She witnessed her mother’s brutal murder at age 4 and was not found for almost a week. You may unsubscribe at any time. The doctor believed that the young man felt like he was in safe environment for the first time in his life and his mind was allowing him to re-remember past trauma.”. I think the scariest for me personally was a five-year-old we had. Also Read: Top 10 Funny Nursing Quotes to Brighten Up Your Day. She was a very kind sweet old lady. So my mom turned a corner and noticed an open door. From the day I was amitted, I wasn't given a 'welcome pack' or what ever you're supposed to be give which other patients received. I’ve seen severe delusions. “Had a patient try to cut their tongue out. She was even allowed a baby bed and every night she would tuck her baby in beside her bed. Worked with refugees. She’d been with us for a couple of months when out of nowhere, she comes in completely hysterical, screaming that her daughter was found murdered that morning. Supposedly they had both [gone] to the kitchen to get coffee or something. He stayed for over a month with no signs of remission. There was no spark of anything in that 9-year-old’s eyes. Sign up for The Lineupâs newsletter, and get the strangest tales delivered straight to your inbox. She would scream at other kids if she saw them watching YouTube videos, because she thought it was just for her. He later approached me and introduced himself. One night she got all tucked in and forgot to tuck her baby in. The girl had somehow flung open her locked door and tackled the kid to the ground. This patient had been staring through my room window repeatedly, would say hi (and run away), and had plucked my hair out during breakfast. About the Author: Je Abarra is a nurse by profession and a freelance writer by passion. He would have to mutilate his genitals for sexual pleasure. He cannot eat by himself, he cannot do anything by himself, the only verbal noise/speech he produces is a loud ‘GU-GU-GU-GU-GU-GU-GU-GU’ like a propeller engine starting up. In the psych ward, you get to a point where everything is funny because you are desperate for a distraction from your own thoughts and emotions. "In the end, before John was sent to another hospital, he cornered me and told me that I was making him so horny. That was seriously what it seemed his life was like. They almost succeeded. He wears an adult nappy/diaper because he is totally incontinent, and changing it is remarkably difficult because he won’t stop pacing even while people are trying to clean him up. Now, crows wind in circles toward the frozen lake. His family broke down during visitation and only his father could manage weekly visits afterwards. While those who stay in psych wards can have any number of debilitating issues, or can even be put there unjustly, the way these places are managed and run can be the stuff of nightmares.