Mount Sinai Hospital

Name of Hospital: Mount Sinai Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: New York City, NY, USA

Number of Stars: 3

Comment: I was strongly urged to sign myself (despite my reservations) into Mount Sinai’s inpatient program during my first psychotic episode, and stayed for two weeks.

The good: Patients had a lot of choice with their menus and we got to eat late night snacks. The staff was generally friendly and open to talking with patients. at any time The ward itself was quite pretty, with art on the walls and large windows. Visitors could bring in food and books without issue. There was a donation closet for people who needed more clothes while they were in the hospital, which is incidentally where I got one of the shirts that I still wear today. Night checks were thankfully unobtrusive, or maybe I’m just a deep sleeper.

The bad: The group therapists were condescending and often talked to us as if we were children. One of the nurses tried to proselytize to me, which felt very uncomfortable especially since I had been admitted with religious delusions? Mandatory skin checks every few days, not just when I came in. I had to strip naked every few days so they could see that I hadn’t somehow self-harmed while on the ward, which felt degrading and invasive. No cellphones or mp3 players were allowed. They locked my room for an hour every night due to an unspecified issue with my roommate, which was inconvenient for both us and we had to use other people’s bathrooms during that hour.

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

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

Year(s) : 2015

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