Drew Barrymore Opens Up About How She Was Committed to Psychiatric Ward at Age 13
Barrymore went on the Howard Stern Show and discussed what it was like when she was committed to a psychiatric ward at just 13 years old.
“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.”
The actress and talk show host knows what the stretcher restraints and padded room were like first hand because she didn’t always behave. She explained that she would actually try to get the other girls riled up. Yet, she saw humor in the situation even then.
“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.”
Barrymore’s mom, Jaid Barrymore, admitted her to the psychiatric hospital. Watch the video below to learn more about why she had her daughter locked away and how Drew Barrymore’s experiences as a child have shaped the way she approaches being a mother.
Prospect Medical told PEOPLE that the facility where Barrymore was locked away “Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital for adolescents does not exist anymore.” Prospect Medical started operating the facility in 1996 which was after Barrymore had been released.
Does it surprise you that Drew Barrymore was locked away in a psychiatric ward for 18 months? Have you ever struggled with mental health issues? Do you think Barrymore’s mom made the right decision, or could she have done something differently?