Bryn Mawr Hospital

Name of Hospital: Bryn Mawr Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Bryn Mawr, PA, USA

Number of Stars: 4

Comment: Staff was generally supportive and friendly. The regular psychiatrists at the ward were more frustrating and mildly transphobic, and tended to try to explore my gender identity as a cause or effect of my depression. The nurses/aid respected my pronouns and identity much more comfortably. We went outside/had smoke breaks three times a day (optional). Offered structure in form of morning and afternoon group therapy. Good community building, which I didn’t expect, but because the staff was good, the atmosphere was generally positive. During visiting hours, maximum of 3 visitors at a time. Worst things about the place: rooms were small and claustrophobic. They kept me for 10 days despite my saying I wanted to leave after about 5. Psychiatrists/doctors didn’t believe me when I’d tell them how I was feeling, what I wanted to do–left me feeling like I couldn’t be honest with them or they’d keep me longer, which quickly became a major stressor. OVERALL: a positive place, plenty of activities (television, puzzles, library, art, games), good food three times a day (with optional snacks), and regarded as one of the best inpatient facilities in/around Philadelphia.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: FTM

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