Whats the difference between psychiatric hospital, psychiatric ward, insane asylum, mental hospital and rehab?

the5500 Wants to Know: Whats the difference between psychiatric hospital, psychiatric ward, insane asylum, mental hospital and rehab?

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Answer by michele
They are different terms for the same place (i.e., inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse treatment). The term “insane asylum”, however, is quite antiquated. “Rehab” is more associated with substance abuse treatment facilities. “Psychiatric/mental hospital” is usually a freestanding facility that is devoted solely to treating psychiatric patients. A “psychiatric ward”, is typically housed within a general med/surg hospital.

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2 Responses to Whats the difference between psychiatric hospital, psychiatric ward, insane asylum, mental hospital and rehab?

  1. carelesswhisper1015 says:

    Not a whole heck of alot when you’re locked up in any one of them…I worked in a capacity of this calibur and believe me, what I say is so…….and at times much worse…..

  2. eryops says:

    Psychiatric hospital: A hospital that specializes in treating mentally ill patients.

    Psychiatric ward: A portion of a general hospital whose patients are being treated for mental illness.

    Insane Asylum: Archaic term that was once used to describe hospitals for the mentally ill. They were generally very long term stay hospitals (when you went in, you didn’t come out), unlike psychiatric hospitals of today, where most stays are short term.

    Mental hospital: Street or lay term for a psychiatric hospital

    Rehab: Treatment for substance abuse problems. Rehab can be either “inpatient”, “outpatient” or “partial-hospital”.

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