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People Who Have Been In Psychiatric Hospitals, What Are Some Misconceptions People Have?

How accurate are movies like Girl, Interrupted and It's Kind of a Funny Story?

One experience that many people go through but that isn't really talked about is spending time in a psychiatric hospital or ward. However, it is depicted pretty often in media — especially in film and TV.

Some psychiatric hospitals are depicted as zany or whimsical.

Others are depicted as frightening or even haunted places...

...often with villainous staff...

...or patients.

Sometimes stays in psychiatric hospitals seem to magically "cure" characters in films.

For some reason, characters always seem to be breaking or sneaking out of the wards or hospitals.

People who have actually stayed in a psychiatric hospital or ward, or else visited someone there, what does the media often get wrong about what it's like? What do you wish more people knew? Let us know in the comments below, and you could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post! You can also submit comments anonymously here.