I have a long history of mental illness in the form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and bipolar disorder. I've been a patient in mental hospitals more than once over the years as a result.
The last time that I was in the hospital, back in 2011, my parents came to visit me like they often did when I was in one of those facilities.
I told them that it must be hard to have their own son in a mental institution once again.
However, they disagreed with me. They responded by saying that it wasn't difficult for them because they felt that it was great that I was getting the help that I needed. So many people with mental illness don't seek or get the help they need.
I think they were right.
Being in the hospital isn't my favorite place to be. But if you need the help and need to be there, then their's nothing wrong with being a patient in a mental hospital. You're getting the help that you have to get, like I did.