One day, a couple of our female nurses saw me pause to chat with him in the hallway, and waved me over to ask if I was out of my mind. Ironically, Willowbrook was owned by the New York Department of Mental Hygiene. You see the emotions it brings out. “The mentally ill w… “I’m just straight-up telling you that they are doing this to me. Jul 19, 2017 - Explore Deb Scharbo's board "Insane Asylum Patients" on Pinterest. The story of Hanwell Mental Asylum reveals that they were kinder places than we might think. Some of these patients weren’t even suffering from anything, and the extremity of the treatments are what drove them insane. It creeped me out. I have seen violence and gore. The neighbors smaller pets started disappearing. She was making her routine room checks and happened upon the most horrific scene I’ve ever heard. All I could think was how bad it would have to be to live in his head that sawing his arms off seemed better than that. Patients at the Lakeland Insane Asylum in Kentucky were being tortured by the attendants. The horror of Pennhurst Asylum: Chilling secrets revealed of mentally-ill patients and children starved and left to die From mental and physical abuse, mistreatment of the weakest amongs the society to extreme overcrowding, Pennhurst's Asylum … Finally, my counselor asked him if the bird was bothering him and he kind of sighed and said, “Thank god, I thought I was the only one seeing that.”. One of the studies had Krugman force-feeding the hepatitis virus in milkshakes to 60 healthy children; his reasoning was that the children were going to suffer from hepatitis either way. So, he went home and, killed his own mother in her sleep by cutting her throat, so his teacher could be his mom. The Asylum’s gothic design and history might already sound horrifying, but it gets even creepier. When she first told me, I thought it was a joke. To add to the creep factor, her clothes were found neatly folded next to her, while Margaret’s dead, decaying body lay on the floor. By the time that they discovered there was something physically wrong with her, she already had lost her mind from guilt and grief. A lot of stories end with, “and of course, I had to look over my shoulder to make sure”. She had bandages all over her arms and scotch tape over her mouth and ears. The walls speak.  =  Subscribe. They would get caught talking to someone that wasn’t there. But creepiness was a part of it. Satan is alive and very active and will be until Judgement Day. Indeed, there were stories written under her bed. The hallways echo with the sound of screams and terror. Apparently, the grounds had a lovely, enclosed greenhouse. These are their portraits. The number of patients surely increased, while the number of the staff stayed the same. He seemed remarkably normal, until you spoke directly to him. When the nurse would ask her a question, she would peel the corner of the tape back and answer, then stick the tape back on really fast. I’ve seen severe delusions. How horrific is it, that the place that promises you safety and care is the same place that abuses its power against you when you’re at the most vulnerable state? She had already attacked and killed at least one hospital worker before these were enacted. Required fields are marked *, +  I know just how unbelievable it sounds, and yet, here I am.”. Worked with refugees. Creepy isn’t the thing that comes to mind when I think back on it…more heartbreaking and horrifying. My sister is the director of a psychiatric hospital. I was a pharmacy technician at a hospital with a psych ward for some time. The rooms look like they had housed rabid animals and not human beings with severe mental ailments. © 2018 The Occult Museum.com | All Rights Reserved. The earliest recorded Lunatic Asylum in Europe is Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, which admitted its first mental patients in 1330. The history of insane asylums is a long and barbaric one with such violent and inhumane stories of abuse and torture that they may as well have been concentration camps. When asked what they were talking about, they would say that their relative wanted to know if they were ready to move on. When they had to come into contact with him, they were required to wear full masks and gloves. Most of the staff hadn’t had a lick of any sort of training background whatsoever. I remember talking to him, treating him like he was just any other kid that came through. He had a normal home-life with both parents, and the teacher tried to explain to him that she couldn’t be his mom because that would hurt his real mother’s feelings, and that she already had that job covered. If you’re familiar with Lovecraft’s work then you can only imagine how bad this asylum was to inspire such a brilliant author to write the twisted, frightening Arkham Sanitarium that still haunts our thoughts to this day. She was sitting cross-legged on the floor, holding her eyes in her hands. By 1886, two new wings were opened and over 500 beds available. When she looked into the room, she saw the patient, a woman with a severe postpartum psychiatric disorder, who had just gouged both of her own eyes out with her bare hands. Then again, maybe some of us just like being haunted…. We would have to go around with a cart and dispense the patients’ medications, and being a 5’2″ girl, a security guard or male nurse would accompany me, just as a precaution. His chart said he was nine and he had pale skin, dark hair, and huge bright, green eyes. Your email address will not be published. He disappeared for several weeks, no one seeming to know where he had gone to. Serial killer Andre Rand is the subject of the documentary “Cropsey”. If you’ve had a memorable experience in a mental hospital, either as a patient or staff member, please send us a note: hello@theatlantic.com. We’ll call her Jane. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. While terrifying mental health remedies can be traced back to prehistoric times, it’s the dawn of the asylum era in the mid-1700s that marks a period of some of the most inhumane mental health treatments. The spouse was supportive during all mental health crises. 13 These women were going through their menstrual cycle, and for that they were “treated” with freezing, shock therapy, kicking, and sometimes lobotomy. “It’s precisely because such delusions are so common that mental patients make the best test subjects,” he said. They were just old, small wooden bed frames with hard mattresses that would make all kinds of noises when you rolled over, but I still wondered what exactly she was doing lying under her bed to find these writings. Broughton Hospital opened on March 29th 1883 as Western Carolina Insane Asylum. Yet, the true stories told by the psych ward workers below far surpass any horrors that we might have seen at the cinema or read in a book. The asylum quickly hosted 2,000 patients, which was over three times its capacity. As a tech in psych years ago, there was a 7-year-old kid sent to the floor because the mom didn’t know what to do with him. Patients were neglected, beaten, and were placed in crowded rooms. But to everyone’s surprise this place was about the filthiest, freakiest, and overly crowded places they’d ever seen. The Athens Asylum welcomed people with open arms after the Civil War, given the dreadful state that the people were in. It was only meant for 600 patients, but ended up hosting around 2,400, and of course a low staff count, and of course, there’s the usual insane asylum treatments such as shock therapy and lobotomy. In 1890, the named changed to State Hospital at Morganton and stayed that way until 1959. Their cruelty didn’t end there; the doctors were using lobotomy to cure anything from natural ailments such as daydreaming and back aches, to delusions and depression. Thank. The female staff had a general rule of not interacting with him excessively to prevent any kind of attachment from forming. III), The Witching Hour: 13 True Ghost Stories You Shouldn’t Read at Night (Vol. Most of the time, these are just the imaginations of some wonderfully twisted storytellers. One of the women, Margaret Schilling tried to escape, and went missing for 42 days. Here are some insane asylum stories that have given us all chills! I also want to get the Early Bird Books newsletter featuring great deals on ebooks. .hide-if-no-js { Shortly afterwards, the young woman showed signs of “mental derangement.” She was pronounced insane and sent to … It was only meant for 600 patients, but ended up hosting around 2,400, and of course a low staff count, and of course, there’s the usual insane asylum treatments such as … So she brought him to us. Finally, seven years later, the Willowbrook hellhole was officially shut down for good; or so we think. All the while, the woman just sat rather calmly, holding her own eyes. I work as a psychotherapist in a hospital system. I never had any real issues other than the occasional death grip onto my arm or manic outbursts, but there was one boy who was entirely different. I’m not a psychologist but my friend is. Dinah Williams' book Abandoned Insane Asylums references a tale of an accidental poisoning of pediatric psychiatric patients during the 1960s, but that's not a story I've seen confirmed elsewhere. Two years ago, I wrote a post about Rockland County Psychiatric Center, an abandoned insane asylum complex that is easily one of the most haunting places I’ve ever scouted.. To my amazement, more than 250 comments have since been left by former patients, doctors and nurses, and residents who lived in the area when Rockland Psych was in operation. Thoughtform: Who or What Caused The Mysterious Death of Olivia Mabel. The asylum’s buildings don’t exist anymore, but its cemetery sure does. Scare Street is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Anxiety, epilepsy, posttraumatic stress, and high libidos were common, but the treatments were inhumane to say the least. Refine by tag: mental-hospital mentalhospital mentalhealth mentaldisorder mentalinstitution depression mental mentalillness hospital asylum suicide selfharm schizophrenia mentallyunstable insane anxiety crazy love mentalasylum bipolar mentalpatient. Students claim to hear ‘shadowy figures’ yelling at them; sometimes these shadowy figures even push them. I once knew a woman who had spent part of her residency at a psychiatric hospital for people with severe mental conditions. Visitors described how dirty the patients were, how they were creepily wandering in the halls, and sometimes blankly staring at the walls. Initially everything that the asylum owned was meant to benefit the patients, but ironically the staff thought it’d be a good idea to put their patients on these fields to work. Not only did Danvers State Hospital inspire Lovecraft, but it also inspired Batman’s Arkham Asylum. She looked very uncomfortable and wouldn’t really sit still. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. While in her room she would run between walls in her room touching them in a crucifix pattern. This asylum followed in the same footsteps of any classical insane asylum. I work in an in-patient psychiatric hospital and have seen some serious shit. }. One story in particular stands out. There was recently a lady there who would cut her arms, legs and torso open and place photographs of her family under her skin. The worst part was, she had some idea that it was her mind playing tricks on her. The universe must’ve heard these children’s agonizing, unearthly screams, because journalist Geraldo Rivera exposed the freak show that is The Willowbrook State School to the nation. This guy was offering a very thoughtful argument as to why such claims should not be so quickly dismissed. Sign up for The Lineup's newsletter, and receive our eeriest investigations delivered straight to your inbox. Turns out Jane had been slicing the skin around her shin with her finger nails and was pulling her skin up her leg, essentially de-gloving her calf. [easy-social-share buttons=”facebook,twitter,google,pinterest,print,mail” counters=0 style=”icon” message=”yes”]. Just one date…I really need to hear more about those asylums. Mental-hospital Stories . People always feel unbearable dread when they’re around the area, and the stories and rumors only make staying there worse. Some patients left the asylum, while others are spending eternity under its grounds. She told me about a patient of hers who was HIV positive and a paranoid schizophrenic. The investigation definitely did shed some light on the on-going atrocity, but that’s not all. She would say that each person tends to have a very similar “checklist” that they follow right before death. Sufferers of but few of these types have sufficient “insight,” as the psychiatrist calls it, to understand why they are in a mental hospital … Built on a hill in Beechworth, Victoria, the site was chosen because of the belief the town’s altitude would cleanse the patients of their illnesses, with the winds carrying away their mental afflictions. These rooms were only meant to hold 1 patient instead of 10 or more. Court and seeming rational his commitment to Jackson was refused & he was released. He had this way of looking right through you, or maybe like he didn’t see you at all while you were speaking. So my mom turned a corner and noticed an open door. These doctors believed that they were sick because of “menstrual derangement”. Apparently, when he was in kindergarten, he grew an intense attachment to his young female teacher. Death, illness and tragedy have long been part of the history of insane asylums, and for as long as they have existed, so too have the scary stories associated with them. Does the government not have a strong motivation and a plausible ability to create such a device? due to the extreme neglect, patients started dying there, and their bodies were found days later. The staff used treatments like shock therapy and lobotomies when they didn’t even need to; it was just so they could keep their numerous patients under control. This asylum was the first to operate the transorbital lobotomy, where an ice pick is inserted through the eye socket and into the brain. Since the asylum didn’t do anything about it, she was accidentally found in an abandoned ward that was used for patients with infectious diseases. Athens, OH. The real-life experiences told by the these psych ward workers far surpass any horrors you may have encountered at the cinema or in a book. Then when the two started getting into arguments, he would get really violent and hit her, push her down and kick her, threaten to kill her. Here’s the twist, though. She put extra locks on her bedroom door to feel safe while she slept. The boy had an obsession with knives, hiding them around the house. Can you imagine going through your life, feeling like someone is continuously dumping buckets of cockroaches on your head, feeling like they’re all over you and getting inside of you to the point that you’re digging chunks out of your flesh in a panic, all while knowing intellectually that none of it is real? Judge of the C.D. Without further ado, here are thirteen of some of the creepiest psych ward stories on the internet that have been shared by health care professionals. Especially when he would get away with something, like taking another kid’s markers and they couldn’t figure it out. But it gets worse! Once, a fellow female patient told me she found writings under her bed. There was a woman that came in and sat down across the table from me for her admission interview. Many of the patients claimed that they were too scared to reveal everything that was going on inside the asylum, fearing that the attendants would hurt them after their testimony. Women, who would naturally exhibit signs of sexual desire, would be later diagnosed with hysteria. 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When the staff went to check on Jane she reported Jane standing in the doorway smiling. They were stories of patients who had stayed here before, or ways they were planning on killing themselves, or who the good and bad nurses were. The College of Staten Island was constructed on the same grounds, along with some of the cursed Willowbrook’s buildings. Though replaced by the College of Staten Island, some of its abandoned buildings are still standing, rotting away, while its walls are holding within it the horrific stories of the mistreated, abused and neglected children who were once sane – until they stumbled upon the nightmarish Willowbrook. The Old Operating Room When asked who they (otherwise lucid people) were talking to, they would describe an individual who was already dead. Athens Lunatic Asylum. We spoke to "Clyde," who worked as a nurse in a large psychiatric hospital, where he not only witnessed tons of abuse, but also occasionally participated in it. Lots of these folks believe that somebody – often the CIA – is either beaming thoughts into their heads, or has implanted a microchip in their brains for this purpose. Here are 13 frightening ghost stories of abandoned asylums and hospitals as shared by urban explorers and security guards 1. This checklist often ended in a very similar way. No matter what people want to believe, one cannot deny the fact that asylums can be really scary places. His arms were reattached, fairly successfully too, with only limited impairments in mobility. Haunted mental hospitals, spirits in captivity, sadistic nurses and orderlies - it's enough to make the hardiest of hearts consider a nightlight. Only in the last few decades have we begun to make significant strides in the field. Given the circumstances, you can imagine how the murky rooms and halls looked like. A Willowbrook State School once stood on the grounds of New York Staten Island. Throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th, privately run asylums began to increase in number, and the number of patients housed in asylums grew. It had found its way in and, not being able to escape, it was smashing into the large panes of glass. Check it out. It is the story told by a patient at the Oregon state hospital. But sure enough, one day during group we managed to sneak away, and she showed me. And through it all, there’s a raging thunderstorm outside and bursting lightning that throws shadows across everything. Denying anything when the mom confronted him. Still gives me chills laying here thinking about him. A pretty common response would be, “Yeah, he/she said that she will take me tomorrow at 3:00.” Well, it would often happen that they would die at the exact time their relatives quoted. If he saw me outside of his room in the halls, he made sure to say hello and always called me “Miss Jones” or “ma’am.”. You can tell it is 100% real to them, and something about that makes you believe it, on some level. Solely dedicated to treating patients during the first World War the hospital later became an asylum. There is always something disturbing about watching someone while they hallucinate. On multiple occasions she woke up in the middle of the night with him standing beside her bed, staring her in the face. There he was, confined and protected, constantly observed, his health and behavior documented, and there is zero chance that anyone would ever take his concerns seriously. From haunted hospitals to sadistic doctors and nurses, psychiatric wards have been the inspiration for many of our favourite horror movies and books. There is a certain stigma not only attached to being a patient in a mental hospital, but to the whole field of mental health to begin with. 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