“Committed: Stories about Stays in Psychiatric Hospitals”


Longreads has posted links to online stories about being committed to psychiatric hospitals.

“In this week’s list, I wanted to share the experiences of those committed—voluntarily or not—to a psychiatric facility,” writes Emily Perper. “From One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Nellie Bly’s 19th century expose to American Horror Story: Asylum, the “madhouse” occupies a weird space in America’s psyche, equal parts fascinating and feared. But the experiences of the patients and their caretakers are, obviously, very different than sensationalized cinematic accounts.”

Committed: Stories about Stays in Psychiatric Hospitals (Longreads, January 18, 2015)


  1. “4. “Mr. Bad Weekend.” (Alan Hanson, Matter, January 2015)
    In the midst of a depressive episode and a tumultuous breakup, Alan Hanson is suicidal. To save his life, his friends coerce him into visiting a hospital. He wastes time, makes friends and receives tools to survive outside the ward’s walls.”

    How odd, I read the actual story and it simply doesn’t fit this description. Excellent personal account, tho, I recommend it. Tells it like it is (in my experience) about psych wards.


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