Ed, describing part of his intake interview at the state institution (Bogdan & Taylor 1982).
There is a significant level of bias, primarily historically, in psychiatric institutions. Of the experiments studied to test these suspicions, the Rosenhan Experiment is arguable the most famous. In his psuedopatient experiment, Rosenhan and seven other mentally healthy “patients” attempted to be admitted into institutions by faking auditory hallucinations (they tried to say they had schizophrenia). In their initial assessment, they claimed to only hear the words “empty”, “hollow”, and “thud”, which if you’ve ever learned of auditory schizophrenics and the terrifying things they are forced to hear, is nothing (HUGE warning if you choose to listen to the link). They didn’t claim any other psychotic or psychiatric symptoms. Despite that, all of them were admitted. Seven were diagnosed with schizophrenia and one with manic-depressive psychosis.
Once admitted, they were all instructed to behave mentally stable, but the more “normal” they attempted to present themselves, the more it fired back. None of the staff realised that they had admitted perfectly, mentally healthy patients. [wikipedia, on being sane in insane places, rosenhan experiment explained](via anthrocentric)