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What's the difference between asylum/ mental hospital/ psych ward/ psychiatric hospital?

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Dr. Marc Kundler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Hi Pat: An asylum is an old term for a psychiatric hospital and isnt used anymore. A mental hospital is just a generic term for a free- standing psychiatric hospital- could be public or private, and won't have medical wards on the premises, only psychiatric patients. A psychiatric ward is a distinct area for the treatment of psychiatric patients usually in a larger medical hospital

Answered 9/6/2018

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Dr. Lincoln Bickford answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Same: These terms are generally interchangeable.

Answered 10/19/2018

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