i know i write about psych wards and mental illness a LOT. But, thats the point of MY blog… to share my stories with others in similar situations.
I have not been in a psych ward since August!
I have been in 4 different psychiatric wards. First one was Arbor Fuller. Since i didnt know what to expect, that was the scariest. I was really hyper and laughed at everything, even when it wasnt funny.
My friend A, got in trouble for throwing up after her dinner and i laughed SO hard. It was Not funny.
i felt bad for laughing.
Next psych ward, was Westwood Lodge. I call that place the north pole! It was FREEZING in there! I was out patient and in patient at that place.
At that time, i was struggling with throwing up my meal after i ate. I was monitored in the bathroom. I had to sing Happy Birthday with the staff listening to make sure i wasnt throwing up. Super embarrassing.
Waltham Behavioral was the next psych ward. At that time, i was struggling with voices. I was cutting too. I have bad memories of being locked up in a white room with nothing but a mattress in the corner. I felt SO alone. I was admitted 4 times after that
Last psych ward, was 2S. That is my favorite one, if i had to pick. It was the least strict and they trusted you more then the other 3.
I was admitted into 2S 5 times. Each time was for different reasons.
Sometimes it was because i was hearing voices, sometimes it was because i felt like i was going to hurt myself and sometimes it was because i needed a medicine adjustment.
I learned a lot of coping skills in my journey through psych wards. So i can use them when i need them, and hopefully prevent me from being admitted!