People Who Spent Time in a Psych Ward Share Their Creepiest Stories

Psych wards have a bad reputation in general, and these true psych ward stories won't do anything to fix it. While those who stay in psych wards can have any number of debilitating issues, or can even be put there unjustly, the way these places are managed and run can be the stuff of nightmares. These creepy true stories from psych ward patients are enough to keep anyone up at night. 

Redditors have shared their scary mental hospital stories, ranging from the unsettling to the terrifying, and it is no joke. From violent and strange roommates to lifelong patients and attempted escapes, a lot of these stories sound like something straight out of a horror movie. 

While much of what leads to people being sent to psych wards and what happens while there can be tragic and disturbing, it's clear that many facilities have no idea how to actually help the mentally ill. Rather than receiving any help, many patients do and say whatever they have to just so they don't have to endure the facility anymore. Take a look at these terrifying real life tales of those who have stayed in psych wards, as told by the Redditors who experienced them


  • The Singing Patient

    "Well, this one night I remember falling asleep rather fast and waking up in the middle of the night to someone singing, it started off faintly then got louder as the person neared my room, I then realized someone was pacing the hall singing. It got much creepier, while he was singing he was running his nails down the walls as he paced back and forth and continued singing, what made it even worse he was singing about death and demons which totally was freaking me out.

    "I remember my exact thoughts were, 'Sh*t, I'm going to die.' It was like a scene from a horror movie, it went on for a good 20 minutes and I couldn't figure out why the hell the nurses weren't doing their checks and why this kid was still pacing without being found. I was starting to get more and more nervous by the second when all of a sudden I hear from across the room one of the girls with extreme anger management problems start yelling for this kid to shut up.

    "I was relieved that I wasn't the only one hearing this and a second later I hear a loud bang like the door across the hall had [flung] open and then a thud. The girl had somehow flung open her locked door and tackled the kid to the ground. She was angry he was disrupting her sleep and I couldn't [have been] more thrilled. After a couple seconds of listening to them wrestle around on the floor, I finally heard the nurses come running to break it up. Supposedly they had both [gone] to the kitchen to get coffee or something. I'm still not completely sure where they were during all of it. I suppose this story was on more of the funnier side but at the time it really freaked me out."

  • Hospital Protocol

    "During the night, the workers go through rooms every fifteen minutes, shine a flashlight in your goddamn face, and record if you are awake or anything out of the ordinary. It is incredibly unsettling hearing somebody shuffle into your room and scribble on a notepad, especially when you are already a paranoid schizophrenic. This was the worst part of the experience for me."

  • Straight Out of a Horror Film

    "On my second night there, I heard screaming in the halls. The doors had no lock so another girl, probably about my age (early 20s) kicked my door open and stood in the doorway, staring at me with wide eyes and a knife in her hand. I sat there frozen for a few seconds before she was tackled by two security guards. A nurse came in and said to me, all rushed, 'Don't worry, we have everything under control, just stay in your room quietly.' They then locked her in one of the 'quiet rooms,' a padded cell with a circular window, which was right across the hall from me, where she spent the rest of the night kicking at the door and yelling threats."

  • Sexual Harrassment

    "As I was reading, I saw a nurse escorting a boy my age (we shall call him John). We made brief eye contact and I went back to reading. He later approached me and introduced himself.

    "We got talking and things seemed normal until he said he saw me when I was admitted the previous night. He then proceeded to tell me that he thought I was very hot and had to masturbate to the thought of me right afterwards and would do the same later.

    "I was a bit freaked out, brushed it off with a nervous laugh and changed subjects. We continue talking and suddenly he says, 'You know, those hospital pajamas look really fucking sexy on you. I can totally see myself tearing those off of you.' Again, cue nervous laughter.

    "I then went into my room and took a nap, suddenly this other male patient came in. I was terrified. This patient had been staring through my room window repeatedly, would say hi (and run away), and had plucked my hair out during breakfast. He shuffled in and hands me something, says bye, and runs out. I looked down and saw that he had given me my bra back all neatly folded. At this point, I had enough and told the nurses what happened. They laughed and said "Oh he likes the young ones!"

    "During lunch, I got repeatedly harassed by the bra thief (to the point where he was not allowed near me) and John would sit across from me licking his utensils while staring at me.

    "In the end, before John was sent to another hospital, he cornered me and told me that I was making him so horny. He proceeded to pull his pants down and show me his boner."