I just got out after staying 3 weeks in a psych ward. AMA

I’m in the US but I’m pretty sure they aren’t allowed to hold you more than 72 hours without good reason.

They do it all the time. Every mental hospital has a "mini-courtroom" that has cameras/microphones and a judge hops on a zoom call and patients are presented to be kept longer than 72 hours. If the doctor says "this patient is a risk to himself and/or others, we need to keep him here" the judge signs off 99.999% of the time.

What's the judge gonna do instead -- disagree with the doctor (who has spent time with the actual patient) because the judge feels like letting a random innocent person go free who he has never interacted with?

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