Post # 31
I have done a ghost tour at an insane asylum and found it fascinating. It appeals to me as someone who has studied (and now taught) Psychology for years- I find it sad (and some parts are really morbid, obviously), but it makes me feel so humbled and appreciative to be alive in this day and age and it reminds me of how far we have come. The people who were locked up in these asylums were just like ALL of us (not just diagnosed with mental illnesses), as being a female with a voice was enough to get us locked up years ago! I am fascinated by the stories of people who survived and/or escaped (you cheer for the escapee with asylums, unlike prison tours…), and interested in some of the so-called ‘treatments’ (and again, thankful that I was not alive when these things were common practice).
The overnight thing is no scarier cause its an asylum- it’s because it’s an old so-called haunted building. The terrifying parts for me are usually the wards for the criminally insane- people were not just put there because of actual mental illness, but because their crimes were so barbaric that no one coud imagine that a sane person could commit the crimes.
Post # 32
Just a related story, when I was a junior doctor on my psychiatry rotation I was placed at a regional hospital with quite a large psychiatry building which was always in lock down. I began to find the days overwhelming. So many layers of locked doors, unpredictable patients, and general chaos. One time a patient threw a chair at the reception desk we were behind (covered by smash-proof glass/Perspex, so no damage done although we are all a bit alarmed).
I had to work an evening once, until midnight. I remember thinking oh goodness this will be rough. The lights were dimmed and many of the patients were in the common living room area. There was a piano in the corner, and one girl who I had seen earlier for psychotic episodes and admitted, sat down and started to play. I’ve never heard anything like it, it was so beautiful, Mozart or something, and she played impeccably. The music rising and falling, quickening and slowly, it was glorious. All the other patients sat around calmly and listened for hours. It was such a peaceful time.
I always remembered that, and it changed my view of psychiatric care and facilities, and the people inside them. xo
sorry to get #deep on a fun thread!
Post # 33
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
Have you not watched House on the Haunted Hill? No, no, no, no…… not in a million years for all the money in the world, thanks.
Post # 34
I work in a state mental hospital sooo… lol
most of them are convicted criminals so it’s not as creepy as you would think
and they don’t do any bizarre procedures in the medical world like they used to in the past (lobotomy, shock treatment, straight jacket restraints, etc)
Post # 35
That is a great story, and an important one to share I think! Many people who had (dec.) or have mental illness were/are very creative.
Post # 36
I agree, having been hospitalised for mental illness I really don’t see the attraction.
Post # 37
you can spend the night in west virginia penitenatiary. i looked into a one time but didn’t have any friends brave enough to join.
i haven’t been on this website in a long time, it looks very commercialized than it was many years ago.
Post # 38
I just want to clairfy, I myself have had mental health issues. I am by no means glamourizing it. I just find old infastructure and old building’s facinating. There is a lot of history in them, and I think it’s a great experience to have.
I by no means meant to offend anyone.