People who say you have to go insane or crazy in order to be sent to a psych ward are buying into false stereotypes and have no idea what they're talking about, and should keep their bullshit to themselves.
Being depressed doesn't make you insane or crazy. Being severely depressed doesn't make you insane or crazy. Attempting suicide doesn't make you insane or crazy. Any comments that suggest or imply that everybody that gets sent to psych wards are crazy or insane should be disregarded and ignored.
I wanted to establish that first, and now I'll attempt to answer your question to the best of my ability. I suppose first I should say that I've never been admitted to a psych ward, though I have considered checking myself into one because I have been very depressed, and there have been three times I've been on the brink of suicide (if I would have had the means to do it, I have no doubt that I would have at least attempted to end my life).
I used to know somebody who had been admitted to a psych ward, and I've read about a few people's experiences online. I highly encourage you to do some google searches to hear some stories from people who actually went through it, but I'll try to cover some of what I've read now.
When you are admitted you are given a lot of drugs. You see a psychiatrist/therapist and you're supposed to tell them about any side effects you experience (though from what I've read most people don't because you're being held there against your will, and saying you're experiencing side effects would just prolong your exit). Everything that you could use to hurt yourself or others is taken away from you. You are able to talk with other people there. There are group therapy sessions, as well as one on one therapy sessions. To get out you have to convince the staff that you're safe, and will continue to be safe.
· 1 decade ago