I hear all kinds of horror stories about people who failed their suicide attempt, and wound up in a psychiatric hospital for a ridiculous length of time, forced to undergo various treatments, and not allowed to leave. Frankly, this scares the living shit out of me. For starters, psychiatry and I have never been the best of friends- that's a topic for another thread. But the idea that you can be automatically declared incompetent by some all-knowing "authority", incarcerated in what amounts to a medical prison, have your privacy utterly violated, forced to take drugs and God-knows-what-else against your will, potentially mistreated by the people who have taken it upon themselves to decide what's best for you, all because you tried and failed to escape from this nightmarish existence in the first place... this keeps me up at night. But I also keep in mind that these stories may be fringe cases, or may have been greatly exaggerated. I want to get to the truth of the matter, and I figure that the denizens of SF tend to be both knowledgeable about this stuff, and more-or-less trustworthy So, I ask this. Any of you who have checked into a psych ward or hospital, and especially if you were involuntarily committed, please share your experience. How long were you there? What was the environment like? How much personal freedom were you allowed? What conditions had to be met for you to get discharged? What are your feelings on the experience as a whole?