Dear Sleepy 21~
Ive been hospitalized in a public hospital more than once. This has been due to PTDS,depression, anxiety and suicidality.
Each time it has been voluntary, though it's taken intervention by my (non-hospital) psych to get me permission to leave if I wish (this was fair while ago admittedly)
I did not find it a pleasant experience, sharing a two-bed ward, having other clients wandering around, some in a highly distressed state, and a number of staff who were not enthusiastic about completing their duties.
Does not sound much good so far - however
On the first occasion the separation between me and the world, with all its triggers, worries and pressures, was a balm. I could look out a high window to the street below and see people scurrying around in their normal lives , traffic stopping and starting, and knew I was apart from it all.
A very kind psych nurse, who was not in my section, brought me books to read from his home and gave them to me. Although my concentration was terrible they were exactly right, adolescent fantasy. They transported me to a simple clean world where heroes and heroines lived happily ever after and villains got their just deserts.
This insulated me from the unpleasantness of the ward, and I've had books in hospital ever since.
So to sum up, in my case unpleasant but effective. If I had to I'd go again.