There’s just something about the psych ward that just gives us the creeps. When we watch movies like House on Haunted Hill, we're shocked to realize that there was a time when horrific things happened in the psych wards. In the case of House on Haunted Hill, the patients got sick of the treatment they were getting from the staff and doctors, so they retaliated, killing them all in the most brutal ways.
These days, psych wards can be just as creepy because sometimes, the patients inside are the kind of people that we hope never get out. There's a reason why people think that psych ward stories are super creepy. The tales behind psych ward patients are often so disturbing that we have a hard time getting them out of our heads. They're the kinds of stories that can elicit a nightmare pretty easily. These stories often include sadistic doctors, bitter nurses, and men and women so insane that their crimes are often unbelievable. If your nightlight is now packed away, you might want to get it back out; you’re going to need it after these stories. There's a reason why old abandoned asylums are often converted into Halloween haunted houses for the season, and it's that they look like they're right out of a horror movie.
It’s almost Halloween, and we have some crazy stories for you. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, we have some creepy confessions right out of the mouths of psych workers.
15 The Possessed Patient
This story can only be a thing of nightmares. “We had a young lady in our custody with quite a few issues. We'll call her 'Jane.' On Jane's first night at our facility, staff performing a bed check found Jane in a puddle of blood. It turns out, Jane had been slicing the skin around her shin with her fingernails and was pulling her skin up her leg, essentially de-gloving her calf. Jane also had a ritual she performed every night before bed. While in her room, she would walk to every wall and touch them [sic] in a crucifix pattern. After doing this for a few hours, she would sit on her bed and go to sleep. One night, Jane's pace was frantic. Our night staff observed the entire interaction and reported Jane screaming late into the night. When one staff member went to check on Jane, she reported Jane standing in the doorway smiling. The staff asked what was wrong, and Jane replied, ‘What makes you think you are speaking to Jane’” (Ranker)?
14 The Satan Worshiper
It’s strange that they would have certain patients with roommates when they're clearly very dangerous. This story came from another patient who was staying with a deranged man.
“I was only 17 at the time and in a pretty bad mental state. I was assigned a roommate, and he seemed pretty nice at first. Something didn't seem right about him; he would stare into the distance for long periods of time, mouth open, drooling. The second night I was there, he informed me that he was a 'Satan worshiper' and had the ability to talk to the devil. He claimed that the devil and other demons were whispering to him all the time. I started to keep my distance from him. When I had to come in for the night, to my room, I noticed that John wasn't in bed, and the bathroom door was locked. Then, it struck me that the room had been absolutely demolished. I knocked on the bathroom door. I heard John making really weird noises and talking to someone in there. Eventually, I decided to open the bathroom door; I saw John covered in blood, naked on the floor, eyes wide open staring at me. He had smashed the mirror in the bathroom and used the shards to carve deep gashes up his arms and legs. There was blood everywhere. I thought he was going to die, so I immediately rushed in and tried to help him up. BIG mistake. When I came near, he grabbed my arm and stabbed me with a piece of the mirror. I screamed, which caused the nurses to come rushing in and restrain him. He was laughing like a madman” (Reddit).
13 The Kid Who Burned Down His House
When a psych ward worker found a bunch of knives hidden in the room, he had to wonder what the patient was planning. We’re not sure how he got all these weapons, but it’s frightening to think of what he would've done with them. “No, we lock all that stuff away, but sometimes, they manage to steal stuff or create it themselves -- like, sharpen regular knives, the one you're eating with, you know? Or other metal objects. Later when we were searching his room, we found an arsenal of homemade weapons that he had hidden in a drawer” (Reddit). You really need to be careful in a place like that, or you could end up with a situation that belongs in American Horror Story. There shouldn't be any way that someone could make a weapon, but these days, we suppose you could make a weapon out of anything.
12 When Obsession Grows
What happens to you when a deadly patient becomes obsessed with you? “I was a pharmacy technician at a hospital. We would have to go around with a cart and dispense the patients' medications, and being a girl, a security guard would accompany me. One patient always greeted me in the politest way, asked how I was doing. He was extremely well-spoken and mature for his age. If he saw me outside of his room in the halls, he made sure to say hello and always called me 'Miss Jones' or 'ma'am.' One day, a couple of our female nurses saw me pause to chat with him in the hallway and waved me over to ask if I was out of my mind. Apparently, when he was in kindergarten, he grew an intense attachment to his young female teacher. This escalated to the point of him calling her 'Mom' and leaving notes for her about how he wished he were her son. He had a normal home-life with both parents, and the teacher tried to explain to him that she couldn't be his mom because that would hurt his real mother's feelings. He went home and killed his own mother in her sleep by cutting her throat, so his teacher could be his mom. The female staff had a general rule of not interacting with him excessively to prevent any kind of attachment from forming” (Ranker).
11 She Loved Photographs
There are some patients that are so psychotic that they do the strangest things -- things that we can only imagine would belong in horror movies and nightmares. We don’t expect them to become part of real life, and yet, there are patients who are doing terribly horrific things. We’re not sure how people work in asylums; it must be highly disturbing to have to go to work and not know what you’re going to run into. “My sister is the director of a psychiatric hospital. There was recently a lady there who would cut her arms, legs, torso open and place photographs of her family under her skin” (Reddit). Just the thought of something like this is horrifying; we couldn’t imagine actually seeing it right before our eyes. The very thought is terrifying. When someone's mind is gone, you can never imagine what a patient is capable of doing.
10 Spitting Blood
A mental hospital can be a dangerous place to work in for many reasons. “I’m not a psychologist but my friend is. She told me about a patient of hers who was HIV-positive and a paranoid schizophrenic. He thought that the nurses who worked at the hospital he was in were trying to kill him, so he would frequently bite his tongue and spit HIV-positive blood into their faces/mouths. When they had to come into contact with him, they were required to wear full masks and gloves” (Thought Catalog). Wow, that would be terrifying. It’s surprising that he wasn't made to wear some kind of mouth guard like Hannibal had to wear. He had to wear one because he would bite guards, so why wouldn’t they put something like that on any patient who was putting staff at risk, especially if he was spitting infected blood at people. That’s just gross.
9 Patient does the deed with a fly
Between having sex with a fly and aliens inside people’s eyeballs, we’re not sure what to make of this confession. We were under the assumption that fly sex wasn't a thing, but this woman claims differently. Aren’t you happy you don’t work in a psych ward? These psych ward workers really have a lot to deal with when they're on the job. “My mom used to do shifts in the psych ward at the hospital. She once had someone describe in detail to her how he had sex with a fly. Another injected vinegar in their [sic] eye with a syringe to kill the alien that was living there” (Thought Catalog). Yikes, these stories are so bizarre that we have to wonder how people work there. They must go home and have multiple nightmares. We know that we would for sure. It’s just so creepy.
8 She Thought She Was a Vampire
It’s almost a “thing” these days for people to want to be vampires or even act out their bloodthirsty fantasies in the bedroom. There are even organizations around the world where people truly believe they're real vampires and live as if they are. So, maybe this confession isn’t completely off the mark. “My mom worked in mental institutions in her younger years. There was one woman there that thought she was a vampire. She was only allowed out one hour a day, and they had to use safety precautions. She had already attacked and killed at least one hospital worker before these were enacted. When my Mom asked about her, it was revealed that she had killed at least two of her children, wounded another, as well as her husband, because she had some sort of physical condition called 'Porphyria,' which apparently made her crave blood. By the time that they discovered there was something physically wrong with her, she already had lost her mind from guilt and grief” (Thought Catalog).
7 She Was Holding Her Eyes
This story is so horrifying; it’s something you would expect from a horror movie. “My mom told me this story from her time at a neuropsychiatric ward. She was making her routine room checks and happened upon the most horrific scene. This was during the night shift, and generally, all the patients' bedroom doors should be closed. My mom turned a corner and noticed an open door. She saw a staff member's legs on the floor, halfway out the doorway. When she looked into the room, she saw the patient, a woman with a severe postpartum psychiatric disorder, who had just gouged both of her own eyes out with her bare hands. She was sitting cross-legged on the floor, holding her eyes in her hands. The first staff member to witness the scene, who was now lying face down on the floor, had a heart attack when he first witnessed the woman. My mom screamed for help and frantically tried to perform CPR on the staff member. All the while, the woman just sat rather calmly, holding her own eyes” (Ranker). Chilling.
6 Abduction Warning
Do you believe in aliens? You might after you hear this story. “I was working an overnight shift in an Alzheimer's ward at a nursing home. It was about 2:30 am, and I was making my rounds, peeking into the rooms to make sure the patients were where they should be. I went into one room, and this 83-year-old woman was sitting straight up in her bed, staring at the wall. I slowly walked into the room and calmly asked her if she wanted to lie back down. She turned her head slowly, looked me right in the eye, and said, 'They're coming for you, dear.' Then she started laughing -- I'm talking full-on hysterical, insane cackling. I almost pissed myself right there. She finally calmed down, and I got her to lie back down. When she was just about to go back to sleep, she looked at me again and said, 'I'm going to miss you when they take you,' and went right back to sleep. I was terrified the rest of the night” (Ranker).
5 The Human Experiment
There have been many conspiracies over the years about the government experimenting on their own people. “A guy was found in a burning abandoned building. He wasn't hurt but was acting so strange[ly] the paramedics brought him in. He was homeless, had no ID, did not know his name, and had zero drugs in his system. Looking into his eyes, you could tell he wasn't seeing the same thing I was. So, I'm trying to get his name or anything out of him, and he keeps telling me he was a pilot for the Air Force and flew experimental airplanes because he could withstand the G-force and his blood was naturally thin. The blood tests that measure this actually were fairly higher than normal but not elevated to the point he was on medication for it. So, he was right on that account. I was at the desk telling a coworker about the stuff this guy was saying when a resident overheard me. He was former Air Force as well and looked like he had seen a ghost. As soon as I mentioned the name of the base, this doctor freaked out. He said that that city/base has no roads in or out and a lot of top-secret testing goes down there. He said that you don't know about it unless you've been there. He told me not to talk about it or make a big deal” (Ranker).
4 Intense Abuse
Sometimes, a child can be so severely abused that you have to wonder if he or she will ever be able to live a normal life again. “I was working in a mental health ward around Christmas Time a year ago. Long story short, it was shower time for one of the patients. She was a young girl -- maybe 13 or 14 years old -- with a really intense history of physical abuse. My coworkers got her to the shower and undressed her. She coughed up a great deal of saliva and spat it on the ground, really slowly. Before we can [sic] do or say anything, she knelt on all fours, licked it all up, laughed, and said, 'I'm ready, Daddy.' I was shaken up for weeks after, and I still try not to think about it. There is a happy ending to this story, though. Her scum father is in jail now, and the girl has been adopted” (Ranker).
3 Microchip in His Brain
Conspiracies are even more creepy when they sound true.
“I had an hour-long conversation with a delusional guy who was confined to a mental health facility, and who was probably smarter than I am. Lots of these folks believe that somebody -- often the CIA -- is either beaming thoughts into their heads or has implanted a microchip in their brains for this purpose. This guy was offering a very thoughtful argument as to why such claims should not be so quickly dismissed. ‘It's precisely because such delusions are so common that mental patients make the best test subjects,' he said. There he was, confined and protected, constantly observed, his health and behavior documented, and there is zero chance that anyone would ever take his concerns seriously. 'How else would you test and improve such technology? Does the government not have a strong motivation and a plausible ability to create such a device? You can see I'm not irrational,’ the man said. ‘I'm just straight-up telling you that they are doing this to me. I know just how unbelievable it sounds, and yet, here I am’” (Reddit).
2 That Creepy Smile
Sometimes it’s the creepy smiles that give us the nightmares.
“When I first started working in the hospital, I was sitting with this sweet little old woman. I had sat with her for six hours. Towards the end of my shift (9 pm), they decided she didn't need to have a heart monitor, so they transferred her to a different unit. Once we got to the new room, she started acting differently -- just generally angry, I would say. She tried to jump out of bed, so I immediately got up to stop her. She started screaming bloody murder about how her house was on fire, and her family was inside and she needed to get them out. I tried to calm her down. She started yelling at me about how I'm going to rot in the flames of Hell because God told her so, and how I was responsible for her family's death. Staring deep into my eyes, she told me all about how I will burn in eternal flames, and that I am filled with evil. I thought, 'Okay, at least she isn't worried about her family or trying to get out of bed.' She started screaming at the top of her lungs in what I can only describe as Latin. She then ripped out her dentures, threw them at me, and pulled all of the skin on her face back into this long, stretched-out, creepy smile. She let out a blood-curdling scream while her eyes rolled back into her head like some sort of possession scene in a movie” (Ranker).
1 Sleepwalkers Are Creepy
Sleepwalkers are typically pretty creepy, just wandering around aimlessly unaware of their actions.
“My clients have dementia, and there's one who creeps me out a lot. During the day, she's the sweetest old lady, but at night she sleep-talks. It's not normal sleep-talking. Her eyes are open, and sometimes, she's sitting up. It's impossible to tell when she has gone from sleeping to being awake until she turns to you and asks if you've seen the little girl that was just here, the one she was talking to. She talks about people being there all the time, including a little boy that has died, and she wonders what we should do with the body. She mentions a little girl that sleeps with her, a man that orders her around, and her dead husband who is always looking for her. I heard her talking once, and she was very loud, but as I reached the open doorway, she said 'Shhh. They're all sleeping. Better not talk about it now.' And she promptly stopped talking and just lay there very still” (Ranker).