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How To Escape from a Psychiatric Hospital

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How To Escape from a Psychiatric Hospital | Speak Out Against Psychiatry

i always used method 2, & it works incredibly well. An insightful article -

Method Two: Play The Game

What You Will Need: Good acting skills, some knowledge of psychiatry

This method is based on understanding how mental health professionals think. What you have to remember is that they really believe that the patients are suffering from some kind of biological illness and need medication in order to be “well”. As ridiculous as these ideas may sound, they really believe this, and have often had many years of training to back this up. Obviously the more training they’ve had the more they believe this stuff. For example a fairly new student nurse may still see the patients as distressed human beings who need somebody to listen to them non-judgementally and offer emotional support – but a consultant psychiatrist will be certain that the patients are “unwell” and need drugging to the max (some of them even believe this so much that they have even written books on the subject!). So you are never going to have any luck convincing these people that their views are wrong and yours are right (especially on the ward where you are the raving psychiatric patient and they are the highly trained professionals).

An important psychiatric concept to understand is “insight” – if a patient does not believe they are ill and need medication then they are said to lack ”insight” into their condition; the cleverest part of this concept is that psychiatrists say that this lack of “insight” is actually caused by your “illness”. So basically if you don’t agree with them that is just more proof that you are ill!
So for this method to work, you have to pretend that believe that you have an illness, and that the medication is helping you. In ward rounds or any meetings with professionals it is important to say things like:

“I was unwell when I came in, but I’m feeling a lot better thanks to the medication”
“I would be happy to stay in hospital if I wasn’t on a section”

And NOT to say things like:

“This medication is just turning me into a fucking zombie, I’m not taking it!”
“I’m not mentally ill, I’m possessed by evil spirits, get me a priest immediately!”

If you keep saying the right stuff, you’ll be out in no time. If you have actually been possessed by evil spirits please keep this to yourself.

This is one of the most popular methods of escape, in fact it has been estimated that 95% of patients who manage to leave the wards do so using this method. I once read a quote from a patient who that said they kept giving her ECT (that’s seizure inducing electric shocks to the brain, widely used in the UK in-spite of people thinking it is some horrible relic of history that was banned along with public executions and badger-baiting). Every time after they had electro-shocked her brain they asked if she felt better. She kept on saying “No”, so they kept on giving her more ECT. Eventually she figured out if that if she said “Yes” they would stop giving her ECT, and it worked! This was of course recorded as a successful outcome and used to prove that ECT works; but the main thing is she was able to escape using this method.

Note: some patients, especially those who have had psychotherapy, make the mistake of trying to convince their psychiatrist that what they are experiencing is a result of some childhood abuse or other trauma rather than an illness. This will not work. Even if you spent the first 18 years of your life locked in a damp cellar, eating nothing but fish-heads, this will at best be seen as a “factor” contributing to your illness or at worst a delusion created by your illness. It is much better just stick to the mantra: “I have an illness, the medication is helping” and you’ll back living amongst us “normals” in no time.

Advantages: This is a tried and tested method which yields good results.
Disadvantages: This method sometimes can take a long time, and requires some skill (if the staff feel that you are just telling them what they want to hear they won’t have it – you really have to convince them you believe their nonsense). There is also a very real risk that you’ll take the acting too far and actually convince yourself that you are ill and need medication – many patients have fallen victim to this (the psychiatric profession calls them “successful outcomes”) so be careful!
 
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What I did is to wait for rapport when all the staff where updating the next shift on us. They always left the most junior on the door and the status sheet was in the rapport room as they were updating it. Some patients were allowed out. So I just walked confidently up to the junior at the door and asked to be let out. It usually worked. Although it is only a temporary solution, you are soon back in again.
 
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This is a very funny treatment of a seriously upsetting subject; you made me laugh. I always used the first method. I escaped six times and the CEO came to me and said I would no longer be accepted as a patient there because I did not appreciate what they were doing for me. It worked !!!
 
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I have read this before and it is very funny. But sadly true in many ways.

I only tried to escape once, got jammed just outside the door between a junior doctor who unfortunately was coming in, and from behind by another patient trying to escape. I could neither go forward or back. Ended up with bruised ribs.

:hankie:

So generally do the "yes I am ill and how wonderful is the medication" that is f...king up my brain. Once I had two pills held between my front upper lip and my teeth, on my way to spit them out, got caught by a nurse for twenty minute conversation. My mouth was so dry the pills didn't dissolve! :innocent:

However did give meds good trial before deciding they not good for me. Wish something was.
 
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I made one attempt to escape from prison...sorry hospital..... I made it out of the main door to the ward and wandered off. Unfortunately I must have been seen as two male nurses in a white transit van stopped me in my tracks and I was taken back.:(
 
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Method two is definitely the best, unfortunately some aren't well equipped enough to manage this, it takes quite a lot of brain power to pretend to be as delusional as the psychiatrists.
 
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Method two is definitely the best, unfortunately some aren't well equipped enough to manage this, it takes quite a lot of brain power to pretend to be as delusional as the psychiatrists.
lol. Can be amusing as well.
 
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I have to say I've never been sectioned (yet..), well been on a 3 day doctor's section, but that doesn't count.

The article did make me giggle, I'm sorry.
Especially the BINGO!!! part. I can just about see me do that.

*Just about the most serious part of the tribunal, I'm about to be set free, they're still deciding. They use the word "concerns" HAH, that completes my grid! I jump up and shout BINGO!!!
Aaaand there I go, back in the van to the psych unit*

Oh boy, sorry I'm afraid I've got a vivid imagination..:redface:
 
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Method two is definitely the best, unfortunately some aren't well equipped enough to manage this, it takes quite a lot of brain power to pretend to be as delusional as the psychiatrists.
The malingering sane :rofl2:
 
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one friend said nowadays it's harder to get into a mental hospital than it used to be to get out of one, they're looking for an excuse to get people out, with hot bedding the bed could then go to someone else
 
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When asked if I was still hearing voices, I just said no, that they had gone. That worked for me. Thanks for article! Very funny! D x
 
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I used method 2 when I was sectioned in hospital around 18 months ago. I was so shocked by it all that I focused on how I could get the hell out of there. Given I had no keys and the doors were always locked the only way left was to be compliant and look to be making progress, join in all the little groups and come back after sec 17 leave when they say. I also agreed that I would stay in hospital should the section be lifted or if it run its course. So, after 26 days I was freeeeeeeeeeeee Surprisingly enough I was much better.

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Speak Out Against Psychiatry. Ha what a bunch of idiots. Have you seen the videos on youtube. Pathetic.
 
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