Name of Hospital: Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital
City, State/Province, Country: Lehighton, PA, United States
Number of Stars: 1
Comment: Gnaden Huetten was my first experience with adult psychiatric hospitalization and I remember nothing good about it. From the first day when I witnessed a possibly autistic patient get literally thrown into the ‘quiet room’ after she charged towards me on all fours, to the day they discharged me after drastically changing my medication, ignoring my wishes to stay longer because I did not feel okay on them.
During my stay there I witnessed the nurses and techs mistreating many of the patients by either ignoring them or just throwing them in their rooms when they were misbehaving. One tech in particular behaved incredibly inappropriately by flirting with all the female patients and even talking to some of them about going for drinks after they were discharged. I don’t remember many of the groups because they were entirely forgettable and pointless. What I remember most was sitting in the tv room with a bunch of other patients and hanging out almost completely unsupervised for most of the day.
The doctor I saw’s main focus was over medicating me and I was hardly ever able to get a word in for myself. She ended up taking me off strong doses of medication I had been on for over a year while simultaneously starting me on three new medications I had never heard of. She did this in two days, gave me one day to get used to them, and then I was discharged. A day after coming home I began hallucinating and my mental health declined drastically. I was hospitalized again two days later.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient