These creepy true stories from psych ward 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. ", "On my second night there, I heard screaming in the halls. 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. How about you? It was in his file. She was angry he was disrupting her sleep and I couldn't [have been] more thrilled. 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. I’ve seen a few people recover to a degree but never fully. Supposedly they had both [gone] to the kitchen to get coffee or something. That’s why her delusions start over after the due date and she is so mad in between. 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. Blow up the sky! She could be pretty lucid on good days, and had a real affinity for flowers. His mind was messed up for some reason. By subscribing, you agree to the terms of our Privacy Statement. He lost his ability to ‘hear’ thoughts in his own head, and had absolutely zero impulse control. ... Want more creepy stories? We made brief eye contact and I went back to reading. Enjoy these funny psychiatry jokes and puns. 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. “This schizophrenic woman whose psychosis had the real-life origin of Dexter the TV character. Had another patient who cycled through almost 100 foster homes in their youth. The one that always creeped me out the most was about a client with self-injury issues who had shoved a hollowed out pen into … The first one had no pictures on the walls, and the second had about three abstract paintings, and 2 illustrations that reminded me of the Silence Of The Lambs movie poster (eerie, I know). He could be the nicest, quietest kid, or he could try and cut you with whatever was nearby and tell you that he was there because he cut his family’s dogs paws off. 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. And that was not the only animal. Visiting hours were three hours shorter per day for the psych ward than “regular” patients. 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 And none of them had given up on him. I think the laughter also stems from the community that forms. She would go on very coherently about her pregnancy and her child. 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. "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. Turned out that this is still, to this day I believe, the only psych patient that have ever been flown in to our facility. She was so distraught over it she gave the newborn up for adoption. “I worked for a number of years a residential facility, ages 6-106 and have seen it all. 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). 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. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is very well written and realistic as it is based on the author’s own stay on a psych ward. In one of my psych ward experiences, a nurse refused to feed me even after I told her I had hypoglycemia, a low blood sugar condition where all kinds of nasty things happened if I got too hungry. "I then went into my room and took a nap, suddenly this other male patient came in. Hopefully someday they’ll find a … He could speak, but nothing made sense, he could hear you, but he wouldn’t respond in any meaningful way. “I worked on a juvenile psych unit. She was very badly disfigured. Sign up for The Lineup’s newsletter, and get the strangest tales delivered straight to your inbox. "I was a bit freaked out, brushed it off with a nervous laugh and changed subjects. “I was in a juvenile psych unit. Not to visit a friend, or as research, but because I was mentally ill and a danger to myself. “I was a psych worker at a day program for adolescent outpatients. We had a kid who had pretty much been raised in a series of hotel rooms from a young age, because he was so violent that he burned his bridges with every group home, residential placement and appropriate foster home in the city. Most clients were diagnosed Autism, so you saw the typical self-injury and harmful to others. Haha I’m a mess 🤡 here are some wack stories I did in the psych ward lol Instagram- @barrett.haha I didn’t get much sleep after that shift.”. Never had been. I was told she set herself on fire after losing her baby.”. A charming, surprisingly life-affirming peek at a depressed teen's stay in a psych ward. "I remember my exact thoughts were, 'Sh*t, I'm going to die.' I had to wait like four hours maybe, till the shift change, before I got any food and by then I was a wreck. It’s the worst depression and suicidal ideation I’ve ever seen. Broken humans that don’t work anymore and nobody knows what to do with them. 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. That has been his entire life. He stayed for over a month with no signs of remission. He would have to mutilate his genitals for sexual pleasure. There is a lot of controversy around the subject of psychiatrists. Had a child, maybe 8 years, who could’ve modeled on the front of a GAP catalog. There’s nothing there in his mind, at all. 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. Within 10 seconds of meeting me, he had called me (or whoever he thought he was talking to) a bitch, a cunt, a whore, and a slut. The guy is about 40-50 years old now, but he’s exactly like what you might imagine a lobotomized person to look like. At home, he had beat up the family cat to the point of its bones breaking because he liked the sounds the cat made. I’m going to have another baby!’. Arms hanging down by his sides. Had a teenage client commit suicide in a horrific manner. The look of sheer terror in his face and the shaky voice have stuck with me. I’ve seen severe delusions. Guy who was usually very sweet, but couldn’t handle stress and would have episodes where he would run and smash his forehead against doors/windows until he literally had goose-eggs you could put golf balls into. When I first started working there I just thought she was some fun old delusional lady. He had raped a younger sister with some of his toys. “Had a patient try to cut their tongue out. 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. Again, cue nervous laughter. I found out that he was raped by his father. While it’s in no way fun to be in the hospital, … There were staff on hand to help and guide you, activities to keep you busy during the day and opportunities for relaxation. A severe schizophrenic who was usually quiet because he spent 99% of his time being haunted by images of dead people he knew and trying to manage that.”. She smiled, thanked me, and we said our goodbyes.”, “Young man who was suffering from drug induced psychosis. Then she would talk about the baby growing inside her belly. A middle-aged man who literally had an emotional age of 6 who spent almost all his time annoying staff, throwing literal tantrums, or manipulating people to cause fights. 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. 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. They laughed and said "Oh he likes the young ones!". Submit your writing to be published on Thought Catalog. The girl had somehow flung open her locked door and tackled the kid to the ground. Psychiatry Jokes and Puns. The things she would scream when actively psychotic were truly some of the saddest, most terrible things I have ever heard. The writing does an excellent job capturing the fractured thinking that paralyzes Craig and stops him from being able to get anything done. They should transport the guy I described between hospitals to show family members what the doctors are talking about when they say that a person should be allowed to die.”. After I started coming home with work stories, he gave it up. I sat there frozen for a few seconds before she was tackled by two security guards. Psychiatric psychiatrist - a joke on psychiatry Funny stories Rating : 4.81, 21 votes. He’s a husk. One of those cases that sounds funny on paper, but is absolutely gut-wrenching to watch. That was seriously what it seemed his life was like. We talked about how I was feeling. No life, no humanity. Typical stuff. 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. It was the beginning of the end for my career working in psych. The spouse cheated after 60 years of marriage, leaving the patient homeless and heartbroken.”. 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. Learn about us. 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. Let us know in the comments! I was mistaken – it couldn’t have been further from the truth. 24 Jokes Only Psychology Nerds Will Find Funny. Short tales from the psych ward. Back to the hospital she went. Most people feel relief — not anger — at being there. See more ideas about creepy, creepy stories, ghost stories. He abruptly stopped screaming and went dead silent with huge eyes… looking directly at something behind me. He told me his father had found a camper and put it at a lake and he would be living there until he graduated. It gives me hope that even after death threats and shows of force, as far gone as he seemed, there were still so many people still trying to help him and find a way to communicate with him. She saw a staff member’s legs on the floor, halfway out the doorway.When she looked i… She witnessed her mother’s brutal murder at age 4 and was not found for almost a week. 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. 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. When the resident asked him ‘Why?,’ he replied, ‘They are my only friends.’, “Kid that was completely dissociative. The few child fetish … When I asked him why he did it all he gave me the most sane and logical responses. And none of them had given up on him. The resident I was shadowing, asked him what the voices say to him, and he refused to answer that question. 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 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. He was well behaved and actually really cute. Chemically induced psychosis, from my experience, is game over most of the time. Most of them die before it sets in, but about 2% of all alcoholics will get this disorder. Apr 17, 2018 - Explore Ruth Ochoa's board "Creepy/ Ghost stories" on Pinterest. Totally vacant staring eyes, jaw hanging down with a continuous thread of dribble rolling off his bottom lip. I dropped the baby doll when I fell over gasping for air. 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!? What’s interesting to me is how someone is fine the next day but will stand up randomly and shout ‘I need my kitty titties!’ the next. Everyone hears stories about psychiatric hospitals and I fell for them too. I looked down and saw that he had given me my bra back all neatly folded. I was the only teenager in a group of predominantly old, predominantly male patients. He is the youngest I’ve ever encountered with sociopathic tendencies :(”. He has no purpose, has required 24 hour care his entire life, and I don’t think there’s a single person who has ever worked with him that wouldn’t have gladly taken him outside and shot him in the head if they were allowed to. Of course, it wasn’t the cutting his arm or legs kind of mutilation. I lost my virginity in a Mental Hospital. My mom told me this story from her time at a neuropsychiatric ward while she was in grad school. Would randomly just start screaming asking his mother to stop hitting him. I suppose this story was on more of the funnier side but at the time it really freaked me out. She had me believing she lived in this sweet fantasy land that was set on repeat. But it would all abruptly end and start over once her baby was due and there was no new baby. A few weeks ago I went to see a psychiatrist. He was court ordered to be there for a period of time. 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. He said his (deceased) father was going to help him. Every now and then she would get up from the computer and start taking all of her clothes off or smearing her lipstick on her face. However, as far as the potential for awkward situations goes, going to the doc's can be comedy gold. 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. "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. One night she got all tucked in and forgot to tuck her baby in. I noticed and said, ‘I can tuck Susan in for the night’ and reached in to get her baby. This screenshot of Freud's Tinder profile. Looking back now, there was a grim inevitability about my admission. 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.’. “I had a kid once that kept freaking out during the night shift. She then started to lose it as she was trying to further assault me, yelling at me about driving too fast and destroying everything she loved. Reviews: 11 [] . I can totally see myself tearing those off of you.' “I have spent time inside a few different psychiatric facilities. In October 2019, I spent two weeks in a psychiatric ward. He proceeded to pull his pants down and show me his boner.". I had to end up calling the charge nurse who proceeded to call security. She did not meet any typical milestones and would grunt to communicate. Houses are dusted with new snow, and arctic temperatures are expected by nightfall. 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. I was actually thrilled to see that happen. Sign up for the Thought Catalog Weekly and get the best stories from the week to your inbox every Friday. Maybe the most troubled were some of the staff, rather than the clients. He had smoked some spice and was taken to out hospital with involuntary status. I had gotten her up and out of the bed to the bedside commode (bedside toilet) and while trying to get her back in bed she demanded I get my hands off of her, she took a step back away from me, ripped off her gown and was completely naked, grabbed the commode and started attempting to swing it at me while accusing me of making racial slurs towards her. I met a lot of interesting folks. I left three times during the admission process to choke back tears. Just wanted to know other people's experiences of a psychiatric ward. As far as I could tell, he was 100% normal except for the whole mutilation thing.”. Another kid, completed his whole program and set to go home. 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. 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. His family broke down during visitation and only his father could manage weekly visits afterwards. Some blame them for only being after the money, others accuse them of killing people with their brutal methods. I was terrified. He later approached me and introduced himself. Anyone upset about the doctors ending Charlie Gard’s life haven’t seen real brain damage. And the truth of the matter is, my daughter is journeying into another landscape. Psych wards have a bad reputation in general, and these true psych ward stories won't do anything to fix it. I imagined padded cells, straightjackets and a prison-like culture. There was one guy who had brain damage from infant meningitis. Either way here are some psychiatry jokes. The kicker is, this isn’t the first time he has been hospitalized for this. 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.