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  1. About the Rosenhan experiment, in which a Stanford psychologist and his associates faked hallucinations in order to be admitted to psychiatric hospitals. They then acted normally. All were forced to admit to having a mental illness and agree to take antipsychotic drugs in order to be released.

  2. Pearl Jam's song Jeremy is based on the real-life classroom suicide of Jeremy Wade Delle of Texas, who was released from a mental hospital and sent back to school -- reportedly, once his insurance money ran out he was deemed "cured" .

  3. In the 19th century, obstetricians did not wash their hands before examinations. In 1861 a guy called Semmelweis recommended hand washing to decrease very high mother mortality rates. He faced fierce opposition, had a nervous breakdown and died in a mental hospital 4 years later.

  4. The Jack Nicholson film 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' was filmed in an actual mental hospital and many of the extras were actually mental patients

  5. The last WW2 POW to be repatriated was a Hungarian soldier who sat in a Russian mental hospital for 53 years before a linguist realized that he wasn't actually talking gibberish

  6. When Sun Ra played a gig at a mental hospital, it prompted a patient to talk for the first time in years. The patient walked directly to his piano, and said ‘Do you call that music?’

  7. America's largest mental hospital is a jail.

  8. Forrest Gump curses, smokes pot, goes to jail, travels to outer space, becomes a professional wrestler, visits a mental hospital, is a chess master, a stunt man and is friends with an ape named Sue. But, only if you read the novel.

  9. There was an experiment where three schizophrenics claiming to be Jesus were brought together to see how they reacted with each other. They each eventually explained the other two as being mental patients in a hospital, or dead and being operated by machines.

  10. A programmer developed an operating system called TempleOS since 2003. Hospitalized for mental health problems, he believes that TempleOS is literally the Third Temple as biblically prophesied. Per God's "instructions," the OS uses a 640x480, 16 color display, and uses the language HolyC.

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A Las Vegas mental hospital used commercial buses to "dump'' more than 1,500 psychiatric patients in 48 states over five years.

In 1973, a psychiatrist named David Rosenhan sent eight people with no history of mental illness to mental hospitals. The staff couldn't tell they were sane. It took some 2 months to get out.

Roasted Nuts" was the paper headline for when a mental hospital caught on fire.

The Rosenhan Experiment, a study that showed that many doctors in psychiatric hospitals cannot actually distinguish people with actual mental illness from those faking it.

When Sun Ra played a gig at a mental hospital, it prompted a patient to talk for the first time in years. She got up in the middle of the set, stood next to him at the piano, and a few minutes later leaned over and almost screamed, "Do you call that music?!"

Psychiatric hospitals were first pioneered by the Islamic world. The treatment of mental patients was regarded as a religious obligation.

A mental hospital in Provo, Utah ran a haunted attraction called “The Haunted Castle” with many of the hospital patients as performers.

In 2012 the NYPD committed a man to a mental hospital when he claimed to be a Navy SEAL after being arrested for running a red light and weapons possession. It was soon confirmed that he was in fact an active duty Navy SEAL, and he was released with all charges against him deferred.

A Survey of U.S. States Found More Mentally Ill Persons Are in Jails and Prisons Than Hospitals

The world's first mental health hospital was built in Baghdad, Iraq in 705 AD. While mental health patients were being condemned, punished, and even burned in Europe, 8th and 9th century mental health patients in Iraq, Egypt, and Syria were given more proper hospitalization and treatment.

In 2008, Tim McLean was beheaded and cannibalised while riding a bus in Canada. The perpetrator, Vince Li, spent seven years in mental hospital, and was released in 2015, to a group home. He was granted a discharge in 2017. One of the first officers on the scene later committed suicide.

The Nevada state mental hospital dropped patients off in San Francisco, CA greatly contributing to the homelessness problem.

The character David didn't leave Sesame Street to care for his grandmother. He had mental issues, had a psychotic episode, and eventually died in a mental hospital.

The philosopher Immanuel Kant had a manservant named Lampe who faithfully read all of his master's works. When Kant published his most famous work "The Critique of Pure Reason", he began but did not read it all stating that if he did, he would need to finish reading it in a mental hospital.

For 30 years wealthy families in Baltimore took young women from a mental hospital and used them as unpaid servants. Some died. Many were abandoned.

Zelda died in a fire in 1948 at the Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, where she was a patient.

In May 2009 Danielle Steel was awarded the "Distinguished Service in Mental Health Award" by New York Presbyterian Hospital. She was the first non-doctor to receive the award.

Between 1966 and 1983, a Canadian mental hospital forcibly administered hallucinogenic drugs to "break down their defense mechanisms", punished them for "unauthorized talking" or moving more than 4 times per hour, and chained 7 naked patients together in a room and fed them liquid food via tubes

Stalaggh is a band that creates dark noise music using the screams of psychiatric hospital patients with the goal to translate their mental suffering, in which language cannot express, into sound.

In the Soviet Union political dissidents were declared mentally ill and sent to psychiatric hospitals to be silenced.

Amanda Bynes was hospitalized in a mental care facility multiple times after her retirement from acting in 2012. After multiple run-ins with the law, control over her finances and medical care were handed over to her mother. She also accused her father of implanting a chip in her brain.

Paulo Coelho(Author of "The Alchemist" and other widely popular books) was sent to a mental hospital when he was 17 because he expressed his desire to live a life that's not mundane. He had escaped the mental hospital thrice before he was finally let out when he became 20.

One of the most significant contributors to the Oxford English Dictionary was committed to a mental hospital at the time for killing a man, and later cut off his own penis.

In the 1940-50s many mentally-healthy orphans in Quebec were sent to mental hospitals rather than orphanages. Since orphans received smaller government subsidies, this enabled the Catholic Church and the Quebec government to get more money.

A former monarch of Malaysia assaulted and killed a golf caddy, but was not prosecuted due to royal immunity. The brother of the caddy witnessed the incident, ran amok in Kuala Lumpur and had to be quarantined in a mental hospital.

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