Name of Hospital: South County Mental Health Center
City, State/Province, Country: Delray Beach, Florida, United States
Number of Stars: 1
Comment: I voluntarily admitted myself to South County for exhaustion and anorexia. I was not allowed to be by myself or sleep in my room from the time everyone was woken up until everyone had to go to bed. This caused me way more anxiety because I went there to be able to wind down from such an intense, agitated state where I couldn’t go to sleep or eat much for weeks.
I understand they did that because I was on suicide watch, however, they gave me medication for my anxiety that knocked me out so I fell asleep in chairs, during groups, and was woken up aggressively instead of given time to rest. I was afraid to ask for less meds because I saw how they treated people who didn’t want to take their medication. We weren’t allowed outside. The food was terrible and everyone seemed to have a hard time eating it. My psychiatrist wouldn’t look at me when he spoke to me and someone in training asked me questions to figure out what meds to put me on in a separate room.
The medication he prescribed me would make me drool and stare at walls for long periods of time. When I called the center after I was released so that I could talk to him since my side effects were so bad, they told me I had to make an appointment which was weeks away. I felt completely alone, stopped taking it entirely because I couldn’t feel anything and didn’t know what to do, and ended up Baker Acted* to a different hospital because I acted on my suicidal thoughts. I was told by many different psychiatrists later on that the medication he gave me was very outdated and hardly any places prescribed it anymore because the side affects were so bad.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient
Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: The only thing I can think of is that I am a cis woman