Three Rivers Behavioral Health

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

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Palmetto Health Baptist Columbia

Name of Facility: Palmetto Health Baptist

Location of Facility (City, State/Province, Country): Columbia, SC

Number of Stars: 1

Description of Experience: I was committed here for my first suicide attempt, and it was my first experience being treated involuntarily for any psych issue. I was admitted to the ward at night and I was anxious, confused, and terrified. A nurse yelled at me and threatened to “send me upstairs where the dangerous ones are.” She held me down, stripped me to take pictures of my self harm scars and cuts, and tranq’d me. I was given my underwear and a hospital gown. The next day, the nurses would not give me my clothes back even though other patients wore street clothes. I was constantly told to stop asking and that I could only have them if I was “good.”

Only one of the nurses was very kind and seemed to care and listen. The psychiatrists, including the one assigned to me, generally seemed to not care much about what the patients were saying and needed.

I was here for about a week, and to this day it’s one of the scariest and most humiliating experiences of my life.

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

Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Name of Hospital: Hospital Kuala Lumpur

City, State/Province, Country: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: I was admitted from Universiti Islam Antrabangsa Malaysia Gombak campus’ clinic to Hospital Kuala Lumpur after doing some tests required to diagnose me for why I had a seizure. I told them this is not the first time since I had many in the past. I was diagnosed prior to my studies in this university with depression, social anxiety, and schizoid personality disorder, lost consciousness few times in the past, also had a brother who had many seizures through his life.

So the story begins this way, I had a seizure in a lecture, and the instructor called campus medics. They took me to their clinic, did some tests as stated above. Then they took me to get my passport from my hostel room -back then I did not know why the ambulance driver asked me to take it- then they took me to a psych ward or a “neuro ward ” in Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

They did tests and everything seemed normal like in the campus clinic, but then they put me in bed with saline water bag set to my arms intravenously and they were giving me valproate sodium and various painful injections. I didn’t know if they were anti-psychotics or anti-convulsants. Then during the night, I could not sleep due to having insomnia, and the room wasn’t cooled –  it just had fans and was humid.

Whenever the saline bag finished they brought another bag. I started to realize there was something wrong at that point. The bad part started at the second day in the morning, I asked why they brought another saline bag the nurse simply answered: water for electrolytes. The third time he changed the saline bag I began to remove it, then he set it to my arm again, my forearm began to swell, and it didn’t stop. While it was still swelling, I removed it for good.

They should have given me decent food instead of these saline bags and small meals. In the first day they just gave me sandwiches through the day.

I started to argue with the nurse who would not allow me to walk through the ward or answer my questions about my treatment. There is no transparency at all; the nurse said, just say stay in your bed and sleep. I said I couldn’t sleep and that I wanted the doctor. He said you will get a doctor, just sleep – I said I need him now, and I need to know what’s happening. He said, he will come in at 8:00 AM. I waited, but no one came. Then that nurse shift finished and other nurses replaced him. I tried to talk with them but their attitude and their answers were the same as the previous nurse.

Finally, a doctor came to visit me. I said, “Why I am still here? I want to be discharged.” He said if you want to be discharged you need to sign here and pay and you will not get any medication. It’s good to mention the hospital was public, by the way – I said I have insurance – do you accept it? He said I don’t know, you need to ask the accountant after you sign.

I also told him I couldn’t sleep, he gave me alprazolam before that I asked him does this have side effects he said no then I went to bed but with no sleep except a 40 minutes I don’t remember what exactly but a few flashbacks and it was not good.

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

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

Year(s) : 2016

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