In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the myths and realities of being admitted to an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Gabe shares his personal experience of voluntarily entering a psychiatric hospital when he was suicidal. He tells of how his expectations of the situation differed from what he actually experienced. He shares what he found to be the most frightening aspects of his stay, as well as how he passed the time while there. He shares how his family reacted to his admission to the psychiatric hospital, and the aspect to the stay that he describes as “life-altering.”

Being in a Psych Hospital Show Highlights:

“I created the very stigma that would later be used against me… because I wasn’t educated about mental illness.” ~ Gabe Howard

[3:43]               The scariest part of being in a psych ward.

[7:48]               Gabe’s shocking discovery about psych hospitals.

[10:57]             Is it like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

[13:05]             How do you pass the time in a psych hospital?

[14:49]             Gabe’s expectations vs. reality.

[16:53]             The life-altering aspect of Gabe’s psychiatric stay.

[18:45]             How Gabe’s family reacted to his admission.     

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About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts


Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join.  To work with Gabe, please visit his website,



Vincent M. Wales
 is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and