Name of Hospital: St. Elizabeth’s Behavioral Health Adolescent Inpatient Unit
City, State/Province, Country: Appleton, WI, USA
Number of Stars: 1.5
Comment: Incredibly restrictive–patients were not allowed to keep harmless possessions like watches, and there was no contact with anyone besides parents and siblings, even over the phone. All groups were mandatory. The staff seemed generally unsympathetic; at one point they dragged me out of a room while I was disruptive but not posing a risk to myself or others, while on another occasion they physically blocked the door to force me to remain in a room while I was having a meltdown. The psychiatrist required me to take a specific antipsychotic when my parents, my outpatient psychiatrist, and I had all said that it was excessively sedating and there were other medications they could use. At the end of one stay, I was unable to get out of bed because of the extreme fatigue and dizziness from this medication. Patients were expected to “share” their experiences in a group facilitated by a nurse; my choice to keep my medical information between myself and trained professionals was viewed as noncompliance. I was admitted for command hallucinations related to schizophrenia and there were no relevant activities. They told me to write down a list of fifty things I liked about myself. I have never had self-esteem problems.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Pediatric inpatient