Sectioned and detained in hospital !!

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On my first day in hospital I was restless and agitated. I was constantly pacing up and down and sleeping a little. I was in unfamiliar surroundings and would rarely join the other patients who sat in the lounge in front of the TV all day.

I was glad when my family finally visited, they brought delicious Bangladeshi food for me and I ate well for the first time in days.

They also bought me new clothes and chocolate and crisps. It was lovely to see familiar faces and I was sad when my family had to leave.  My mum, brother and sister made the journey to come and visit me, I was very grateful. They would visit me regularly throughout my whole stay in hospital.

I didn’t really talk to any of the staff but I noticed they patrolled and checked on patients every hour. They would check on the patients day and night. At this time I was quite paranoid and felt that I was being instructed to do things.

Visited by a lawyer

Doors shutting loudly caused me psychological distress and made me anxious. I couldn’t relax even for a minute.  I was visited by a lawyer I had contacted and we discussed my situation.

She was well spoken and listened to all my concerns and gave me advice on how to get taken off a section 2 and to get discharged as soon as possible.

At the time I thought spirits were talking to me using colours; I liked anything white and hated anything black. I eventually had a shower and put on my new clothes and felt better.

I had a small notepad in which I stored numbers of lawyers and my friends. I would note down little details in my pad about the ward and members of staff.

This period was one of the hardest times in my life, I was far from my family and going through a psychotic break and to top it all I was sectioned and detained.

“Over the years I have met a patient who was an ex- professor and someone who used to earn £28000 a week before becoming homeless.”

Most people have an idea of mental health facilities as dark and chaotic places full of unpredictable people.

The truth is that mental health wards are actually quite bright and cheerful and there are many amazing and inspirational staff and patients on such wards.

Over the years I have met a patient who was an ex- professor and someone who used to earn £28000 a week before becoming homeless.

The first time being hospitalised is a difficult time as the patient has to adapt to a new way of  life. I have never lived away from home so staying at a hospital miles from home was extra difficult.

On my first day I noticed there was a certain smell on the ward but it was very clean. These observations are imprinted in my memory.

Share your experiences about the first time you were hospitalised or visited a relative or friend on a Psychiatric ward.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I love the name of your blog. Its truly inspirational to see how you’ve used writing to help you get through everything. I like how you’re writing style is very natural and you can tell it comes straight from the heart. Keep up the amazing work!

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  2. This blog is one of the most inspiring blogs I have ever come across and it is wonderful to see more people sharing their stories. You are really strong and hope your blog reaches the top!

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  3. When I first went hospital bro, I had gone through a very bad psychotic break. I was an ‘informal’ or ‘voluntary’ patient there. At first I was quite happy, as the environment was very different compared to my lonely, dark room at home. I slowly disassociated myself from family and friends, and spent all my time alone building mental walls around me. People do sometimes break through, and it’s frustrating… SutoBhai, I don’t know how it must have felt, suddenly being chased down and dragged to hospital. Sometimes it’s worse than prison, for its a physical and mental prison together.

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  4. I remember having to stay in hospital for a few days. At first, it was okay and having food bought to you seemed like such a novelty! But after day three, that novelty wore off and I just wanted to be in my own bed, in the comfort of my own home.

    I can’t imagine what it must be like to have to stay in hospital for long periods of time.

    The smell is from the special disinfectant they use specifically in Hospitals. It is very strong!

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