Re: What is it like...
my mom's been in mental hospitals quite a few times, and even though she doesn't stay "cured" for very long afterward, she does get better.
The main thing she complained about was being watched all the time and not having her medicine when she wanted it, it was very controlled release.
But bedroom eyes is right, it depends a lot on the people there. Where my mom stayed, they made her do different arts and crafts among other activities. Even though the stay is not pleasant, it's worth it.