News Articles on Buffalo Psychiatric Center

Name of Facility: Buffalo Psychiatric Center

Location: Buffalo, NY, USA

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Erie County Medical Center

Name of Hospital: Erie County Medical Center

City, State/Province, Country: Buffalo, NY, USA

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: Ward consisted of a long hallway with a room off to the left that was the “lounge room”. There was also a computer room but all the computers were shut off. People were taken in there to do school work. There was also an isolation room before the lounge room. It was medium sized with some soft blocks and beanbag chairs. The floor was haphazardly padded with styrofoam puzzle pieces. There was also a radio the nurses would bring in so you could listen to it.

The rooms were grey and empty with a private bathroom with stained tile. No stimulation was given there. The TV was never turned on in the main lounge room. Sometimes they would bring a Wii in to play in the tiled room connecting to the lounge. We went down for crafts once a day but other than that it was hours sitting around doing nothing. The nurses only stepped in if there was an issue occurring such as fighting or someone screaming because they were having a breakdown which was quelled by sedatives instead of talking to them.

My room was a solo bedroom with a window into the nurses office. The light was always on in the office so I constantly had to pull the blanket over my head to get any sleep. Nurses would come in during the night with bright flashlights which woke me up frequently and we couldn’t do anything about it.

In all it didn’t really help. I went to another hospital about a year later around the same time because my mental condition worsened. I didn’t feel better after leaving; I just felt thankful that I was out of there.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Not really; I told a nurse that I was gay but nothing came out of it.

Erie County Medical Center

Name of Hospital: Erie County Medical Center

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

Number of Stars: 2

Comment: It was terrible. They didn’t help me at all, just prevented me from killing myself. They arguably made it worse since I was treated like a prisoner for a week; punished for my depression and made to feel terrible about my suicidal state. I wasn’t allowed any alone time which enhanced how horrible I was feeling since I had no privacy.

I was anorexic at the time and no one attempted to try and get me to eat so I starved myself and no one cared. I lost about 5 lbs that week, dropping me to 100 lbs. Other patients were violent and threatening, and the only time nurses stepped in was when someone’s immediate safety was threatened. No type of stimulation was offered to us since they barely trusted us with pencils or crayons, so i was forced to fixate on my suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Once more, no one cared, but instead threatened to take away my books unless I was around those that made me feel miserable and scared. I was made to partake in group exercises which included me opening up about myself to people I hated without my consent, since we were forced to be present or else we would stay there longer. People would barge in on us during the night with flashlights, waking us up, just to leave right away. I woke up a few times to someone watching me and couldn’t say anything about it.

Shortly after I left I tried to kill myself because all they did was force me to bear my pain for much longer than I could, and made me feel afraid to speak up since I was treated so poorly for asking to be helped. I hope others never experience what I did.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Not really. I’m a cis presenting white woman.