He had an IQ in the normal range, just a unique form of brain damage. I’ve seen severe delusions. "I was a bit freaked out, brushed it off with a nervous laugh and changed subjects. by Marlane Gohl September 19, 2019 September 19, 2019 1 Comment on STORIES FROM THE PSYCH WARD #11 Mirror, Mirror I’ve done some time on the psych ward, and there are a few events that stand out to me. These creepy true stories from psych ward patients are enough to keep anyone up at … It was her, all better. Supposedly they had both [gone] to the kitchen to get coffee or something. A few weeks ago I went to see a psychiatrist. Social services found her tied to a tree. People share their eyewitness and firsthand accounts of true creepy and wild stories that really happened to them. 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. ", "During the night, the workers go through rooms every fifteen minutes, shine a flashlight in your goddamn face, and record if you are awake or anything out of the ordinary. This screenshot of Freud's Tinder profile. I imagined padded cells, straightjackets and a prison-like culture. Apr 17, 2018 - Explore Ruth Ochoa's board "Creepy/ Ghost stories" on Pinterest. He could speak, but nothing made sense, he could hear you, but he wouldn’t respond in any meaningful way. There is a lot of controversy around the subject of psychiatrists. Learn about us. How about you? I’ve seen a few people recover to a degree but never fully. Totally vacant staring eyes, jaw hanging down with a continuous thread of dribble rolling off his bottom lip. It is incredibly unsettling hearing somebody shuffle into your room and scribble on a notepad, especially when you are already a paranoid schizophrenic. “I was in a juvenile psych unit. She did not meet any typical milestones and would grunt to communicate. She would mope for about a month, super depressed, not eating, nonstop crying she could not be consoled, she’d get fairly violent…then it would start over, she’d just wake up one morning and as happy as could be, ‘Did you hear the great news!? “In a day treatment facility I volunteered for, I led a writing group to help people develop goals and motivation to continue in treatment. He threatened to kill me if I made eye contact with him. 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.”. The real-life experiences told by the these psych ward workers far surpass any horrors you may have encountered at the cinema or in a book. It was like a scene from a horror movie, it went on for a good 20 minutes and I couldn't figure out why the hell the nurses weren't doing their checks and why this kid was still pacing without being found. After that, they kept him in hotel rooms with a rotating cast of social workers and youth workers to provide 1-to-1 supervision. No life, no humanity. The look of sheer terror in his face and the shaky voice have stuck with me. She would go on very coherently about her pregnancy and her child. Seriously, people, brain damage is no joke—wear your helmets, fasten your seatbelts, and for the love of God, don’t drive drunk.”, “A young man with a history of poorly managed schizophrenia who also had chronic meth-induced psychosis, or what I heard someone call ‘Methiphrenia.’. Even a hug felt awkward when the person next to you had no visitors, which is often the case in the psych ward. 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.”. She ate Styrofoam cups, plastic cutlery, plates…etc. I never expected the delusions to have back stories. I was starting to get more and more nervous by the second when all of a sudden I hear from across the room one of the girls with extreme anger management problems start yelling for this kid to shut up. I was going through my weekly rotation in the psych ward when my instructor assigned me one of the few males that were admitted (I am a male so I often got the male patients). People so paranoid that you could leave a salt-shaker on a table near their room and they would think it was an assassination attempt/conspiracy to defeat them with psychological warfare. "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. Terry loved to wear little girls’ clothing and would have pictures of little girls that he had cut out of magazines on a string around his neck. My worst was a 4-year-old with extensive physical and sexual abuse. Would randomly just start screaming asking his mother to stop hitting him. Take a look at these terrifying real life tales of those who have stayed in psych wards, as told by the Redditors who experienced them.Â. Let us know in the comments! About the Author: Je Abarra is a nurse by profession and a freelance writer by passion. Again, cue nervous laughter. She smiled, thanked me, and we said our goodbyes.”, “Young man who was suffering from drug induced psychosis. “Brain damage can be absolutely horrific. One of those cases that sounds funny on paper, but is absolutely gut-wrenching to watch. 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. Had a client shove a metal jagged end of a broomstick that he snapped in half right into his abdomen then start screaming and digging into it with his fingers. “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. Typical stuff. Once the dust settled it was shared with me that she was pregnant once upon a time, and she already had a 1 year old. The winds have picked up to 40 miles an hour. He was messed up before, but that kind of childhood pretty much did him in. When I first started working there I just thought she was some fun old delusional lady. Reviews: 11 [] . I don’t mean ‘couldn’t help himself from eating a second cookie.’—I mean zero. A couple of the most memorable ones: One girl was convinced that YouTube was a secret way for the government to communicate with her, and only her. Share your stories/experiences from the psych ward as a patient or staff member/doctor. "I then went into my room and took a nap, suddenly this other male patient came in. When I asked him why he did it all he gave me the most sane and logical responses. I also think it’s worth noting that before I went to work with brain-damaged patients, my boyfriend rode a motorcycle. "We got talking and things seemed normal until he said he saw me when I was admitted the previous night. They had to tie him into his chair because he could sometimes become violent. Anybody opposed to euthanasia hasn’t seen real brain damage. It was in his file. One that was consistently troubled was a patient with hallucinations and schizophrenia. Whatever thoughts came into his mind came out of his mouth in real-time. The spouse cheated after 60 years of marriage, leaving the patient homeless and heartbroken.”. He told me his father had found a camper and put it at a lake and he would be living there until he graduated. Broken humans that don’t work anymore and nobody knows what to do with them. Not me, but a coworker of mine (we work in outpatient mental health) has some stories about when he worked inpatient on a psych ward. 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. It’s heartbreaking…Dementia seems horrifying enough when its described as ‘being confused, or losing your mind,’ but it seems so much worse when it’s, ‘repeat your worst life experience over and over until you die.’…To constantly be stuck in the time leading up to your most traumatic experience and reliving it over and over…the very definition of hell in my opinion.”, “Not specifically at a psychiatric ward but had a patient at the hospital with severe dementia. She would open up random videos and start conversing or arguing with them, because she thought she was looking at a live video chat with a government agent. He shuffled in and hands me something, says bye, and runs out. I would have to say a tie exists between the two most troubling patients that I encountered while doing my co-op. 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.. And all he does is pace up and down whatever room his is in, all day and all night, until he collapses asleep after about 4-5 days sleeps 12 hours, wakes up and resumes pacing. While it’s in no way fun to be in the hospital, … He admitted to voices talking to him. The final straw came when he was about 8 or 9; out of nowhere, he tried to gouge his foster father’s eyes out while he was driving at highway speeds. 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. So my mom turned a corner and noticed an open door. I had to put a girl in restraints that included her head because she was so suicidal and distraught that she was biting chunks out of her own shoulder. I always thought of that whale when I worked with this patient, it preserved my patience and empathy for him when he was displaying more negative or aggressive behaviors. Of course, it wasn’t the cutting his arm or legs kind of mutilation. Once I was in the psych ward and one person was brought to the ward. Everyone hears stories about psychiatric hospitals and I fell for them too. He had smoked some spice and was taken to out hospital with involuntary status. Learn more about working with Thought Catalog. We admitted any age (youngest was 2) and would have some violent individuals with minimal staffing. He proceeded to pull his pants down and show me his boner.". But my daughter is safe and warm inside the adolescent psych ward. Nine-year-old child who calmly and purposefully drowned a toddler because the toddler’s mother had refused to allow the nine-year-old to have another lollipop. From that point forward, Clyde's co-workers were way more open about putting the patients in chokeholds or headlocks in front of him -- those are one of the most common forms of physical abuse in psychiatric hospitals. We had a kid with a double-whammy of fetal alcohol issues and brain damage from a childhood hit-and-run. He covered the entire spectrum of psychotic behaviors during his stay but the worst was when he would pop into reality for a moment. He had raped a younger sister with some of his toys. That name rings a bell. “Guy from what appeared to be a severely repressive rural background who would randomly yell out confessions about his emotions and urges related to pedophilia/bestiality/homosexuality/incest. Most people feel relief — not anger — at being there. Always a kind word for anyone and happy to listen. "I was relieved that I wasn't the only one hearing this and a second later I hear a loud bang like the door across the hall had [flung] open and then a thud. The woman throat punched me hard. I was actually thrilled to see that happen. He was pretty low functioning so it was really hard to process. Psych wards have a bad reputation in general, and these true psych ward stories won't do anything to fix it. And none of them had given up on him. 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. In October 2019, I spent two weeks in a psychiatric ward. I turned around and there was nothing there but he kept staring anyway. She was just the sweetest person ever. She is working as a staff nurse in the pediatric ward of a private city hospital for more than two years. Someone who would spend almost all their time walking in circles screaming at imaginary people. Looking back now, there was a grim inevitability about my admission. She had me believing she lived in this sweet fantasy land that was set on repeat. Now, crows wind in circles toward the frozen lake. 24 Jokes Only Psychology Nerds Will Find Funny. 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’m going to have another baby!’. She was so distraught over it she gave the newborn up for adoption. I have seen violence and gore. Hmm...Pavlov. I'm still not completely sure where they were during all of it. From violent and strange roommates to lifelong patients and attempted escapes, 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 help the mentally ill. Rather than receiving any help, many patients do and say whatever they have to just so they don't have to endure the facility anymore. He had done so much damage with his years of meth use, on top of his poorly controlled schizophrenia, that he was incapable of any sort of meaningful interaction with another human being. 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. He could become physically aggressive at the drop of a hat for no perceived reason, or he could sit in a corner, crying and yelling that he was a good boy and he didn’t need any of ‘this.’ Even the most seasoned staff members wouldn’t enter a room alone with him. He lost his ability to ‘hear’ thoughts in his own head, and had absolutely zero impulse control. She was even allowed a baby bed and every night she would tuck her baby in beside her bed. We continue talking and suddenly he says, 'You know, those hospital pajamas look really fucking sexy on you. Haha I’m a mess 🤡 here are some wack stories I did in the psych ward lol Instagram- @barrett.haha 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. As far as I could tell, he was 100% normal except for the whole mutilation thing.”. I think the laughter also stems from the community that forms. Would also say ‘Jesus loves you’ whenever you saw him and always had a Bible. I was told she set herself on fire after losing her baby.”. We also have other funny jokes categories. These should be among the most private moments families have together, when a loved one is at their worst lows. “I was a psych worker at a day program for adolescent outpatients. “I have spent time inside a few different psychiatric facilities. 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. “Had a dementia patient, among other things I imagine, but I was just the nursing assistant. We chatted for a while and I told her how happy I was to see her doing so well. Worked with refugees. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to make interior design a priority. We made brief eye contact and I went back to reading. Or share interesting/funny stories that are topic related from others. I honestly felt horrible for him because he said he has been struggling with this since he was a kid. The other patient was someone with severe brain damage who had to be kept locked naked in a padded cell with access to nothing she could put in her mouth because she would continually try to eat anything. There’s nothing there in his mind, at all. From hilariously misinformed patients to doctors with a wickedly dry sense of humor, we at Bored Panda had compiled a list of short stories when doctor/patient interactions were just too funny. I suppose this story was on more of the funnier side but at the time it really freaked me out. I met a lot of interesting folks. One woman gave really strong and compelling answers about wanting to improve her health to be a better wife and mother (have the energy to run around and play with her kids, etc.). It got much creepier, while he was singing he was running his nails down the walls as he paced back and forth and continued singing, what made it even worse he was singing about death and demons which totally was freaking me out. “I worked for a number of years a residential facility, ages 6-106 and have seen it all. I bugged one of the nurses to tell me why she was covered in burns. After a couple seconds of listening to them wrestle around on the floor, I finally heard the nurses come running to break it up. Chemically induced psychosis, from my experience, is game over most of the time. Dedicated to your stories and ideas. That was seriously what it seemed his life was like. We were all thrilled… he came back the following week because he stripped naked in school and threw a desk at his classmate. However, as far as the potential for awkward situations goes, going to the doc's can be comedy gold. this guy was completely delusional and dissociated from time and location; he thought at times he was at a bowling alley and at other times he thought he had just gone shopping for shoes. I said ‘yes.’ Then she asked me if I worked on a psych unit. That’s why her delusions start over after the due date and she is so mad in between. They almost succeeded. Most of them die before it sets in, but about 2% of all alcoholics will get this disorder. He was well educated and was a sales manager in some firm. 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. She could be pretty lucid on good days, and had a real affinity for flowers. There was this story that I read a long time ago, about a whale that lived in the ocean somewhere, who was born with an inability to make sounds at the frequency that any other whale could understand. Houses are dusted with new snow, and arctic temperatures are expected by nightfall. The girl had somehow flung open her locked door and tackled the kid to the ground. See more ideas about creepy, creepy stories, ghost stories. But it would all abruptly end and start over once her baby was due and there was no new baby. She would scream at other kids if she saw them watching YouTube videos, because she thought it was just for her. My earliest memories of psychiatric nursing were the stories that my mother told me of being a psychiatric nurse at Waterbury State Hospital in Vermont in the depression. She was chronically depressed. 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