Name of Facility: Three Rivers Behavioral Health
Location of Facility (City, State/Province, Country): Columbia, SC, USA
Number of Stars: 1
Description of Experience: I was brought here after my second suicide attempt. After being admitted, I spoke with the psychiatrist assigned to me. She was dismissive and despite my explanation that SSRI antidepressants did not work for me, she prescribed Prozac. The patient bill of rights states that anyone can refuse medication, but if you are here under involuntary commitment, refusal is counted as being non-compliant.
Throughout the stay my psych continued to be uncompromising and dismissive. The ward’s patient rights advocate also constantly sniped at me for not being cooperative enough. Said patient bill of rights also states that any patient has the right to an attorney if they choose…so I got one. The rights advocate yelled at me for it, told me it would do no good, and tried to bully me out of it.
Aside from daily group therapy and 1x week craft time, patients were not provided anything to do aside from smokers being able to go to a small outside area. Patients were not allowed to bring books or magazines because the staff said it would be too much work to check them for hidden drugs, razors, etc. This was very distressing as I and a few other patients were college students who could have used the copious free time to study.
When I got released, as this was my 2nd attempt, the rights advocate warned me that if there was ever a next time I would be “in for it.” Whatever that means.
Type of Program (inpatient, outpatient, residential, etc.): Inpatient
Anything that might have impacted your stay? i.e. being LGBTQ+: autism spectrum (undiagnosed at the time)
Year(s) Your Experience(s) Occurred (i.e. 2015): 2011