Breckenridge Emergency Psychiatric Hospital

Name of Hospital: Breckenridge Emergency Psychiatric Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Austin, TX, USA

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: I went in late one night to get a new Zoloft prescription. They kept me in the freezing waiting room for six hours before I could see a psychiatrist. At this point, I was having a complete panic attack because they wouldn’t let me leave or get my things out of the locker they made me put my purse in.

I talked to the psychiatrist for maybe 15 minutes. After, she said she was going to keep me overnight. I protested, but I was still taken back by nurses, had my clothes taken away from me, strip searched, and thrown into a room with no TV, books or anything while still having a severe panic attack.

The next morning I was woken up by two police officers who told me they were taking me to another hospital for a 72 hour hold. I begged to talk to the doctor again, but they wouldn’t let me and proceeded to put me in handcuffs and shove me into a police car.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: queer woman; sexual assault survivor

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