Overlake Hospital Medical Center

Name of Hospital: Overlake Hospital Medical Center

City, State/Province, Country: Bellevue, Washington, USA

Number of Stars: 4

Comment: Voluntary admittance only. No cell phones are allowed which was frustrating but they provide phones and a computer (15 min at a time only for the computer) for open use. All therapy is optional. Community building with other patients was a highlight and the main reason of the success of this program for me. Although I’m a very socially anxious person and have a lot of difficulty engaging with strangers I felt like I was able to connect with others there across a variety of backgrounds and reasons for admittance, in part because of program facilitated activities/therapy. I also think it was partly due to the fact that most of us were women.

Staff were friendly for the most part. At times, though, some were paternalistic and condescending. It was an adult only ward but it often felt like other patients and I were being treated like children. I felt pressured to take sleeping meds during my stay, but wasn’t forced to take them. Although I am openly gay I never felt comfortable coming out to either the group or staff. No one else was openly lgbt either.

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

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

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