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Drew Barrymore Reveals Her Experience In A 'Psychiatric Ward' At The Age Of 13 And It's A Nightmare

Drew Barrymore Reveals Her Experience In A 'Psychiatric Ward' At The Age Of 13 And It's A Nightmare

"You couldn't mess around in there. If you did, you'd get thrown either in the padded room or get put in stretcher restraints and tied up," the actress said

The actress known for her beautiful smile and brilliant performances has always been open about her dark past. Barrymore has recently revealed her experience in a "psychiatric ward" where she was admitted at the tender age of 13, People reported. 



 

"I was going to clubs and not going to school and stealing my mom's car and, you know, I was out of control," the actress shared on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM Monday. "So, you know, sometimes it was as humorous as that and sometimes I was just so angry that I would go off and then I'd get thrown in 'the thing', she said. Barrymore then explained that "the thing" was a "full psychiatric ward" where she spent a year and six months. "I was in a place for a year and a half called Van Nuys Psychiatric and you couldn't mess around in there. If you did, you'd get thrown either in the padded room or get put in stretcher restraints and tied up," she claimed.



 

Barrymore then spoke about how she channeled her "inner-riot girl" modeled after Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics and would have meltdowns in the facility out of anger. "It was like half a kids' facility and half an old persons' place, so as I was riling up these young girls, a woman in a walker would go by. It was hilarious," she said. The star went on to explain why she believed her mother, Jaid Barrymore, had her sent to the institution. "I think she created a monster and she didn't know what to do with the monster," she said. "This was her last gasp, and I really was out of control, and I forgive her for making this choice. She probably felt she had nowhere to turn." 



 

Barrymore would later go on to cut her mother out of her life, she explained that their relationship dynamics caused her "the worst pain" she has ever known. They have since reconciled. "I feel goodness toward my mom. I feel empathy and understanding," she expressed. Despite having a painful experience, Barrymore says, "It was the best thing to happen to me, in a sick way, because it cooled me out," People reported. 

References:  

https://people.com/health/drew-barrymore-opens-up-about-being-placed-in-a-psychiatric-ward-for-18-months-when-she-was-13/