Name of Hospital: Baycare Behavioral Health
City, State/Province, Country: Brooksville, Florida, USA
Number of Stars: 2
Comment: I was in here as a teen. Most of the other patients there were teenagers with a few younger kids. There was one group counseling session a day for an hour, the guy was nice but nobody made any progress. We had an hour of indoor gym time with therapeutic activities included, which was truly the highlight of my experience, because then you could talk to the other patients and have the freedom to move around.
Outside of that, there was family counseling that some people were chosen for (myself included) and that was a little more helpful; it was the same therapist from the group session and he was really kind. The other staff, the nurses that spent the whole day with us, were impatient and uncaring.
Outside of therapy the day consisted of watching TV and, if you were lucky and a nurse was feeling generous, coloring. We weren’t allowed to walk around or stand, we had to stay seated, and we had to ask to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water. If we took too long doing those things they wouldn’t let us get up for the rest of the day. If you talked to the person next to you, they would move one of you to the other side of the room.
Trying to find support from anyone besides your roommate meant getting yelled at about how you’re not there to gossip and make friends. The therapists were wonderful but we saw so little of them that it didn’t make up for the verbally abusive and rude nurses. As far as the head doctor goes, you saw him for maybe five minutes every day and he would ask 1-2 questions before sending you off.
Being in there made me worse off than I was because I became desperate for the freedom to stand, walk around, and get some fresh air. There was no outdoor time and the windows had blinds behind glass or were facing walls. The best I could do was sit on the floor in my room and look through the slits of the blinds to see a tree outside the window. When I got out, I swore to myself that I would never tell someone I was suicidal or hurt myself if I thought I’d get sent there again. It made me hide those thoughts and feelings out of fear of having to go back.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Outpatient