Committing someone to a mental health facility against their will is never an easy thing to do. But if they're truly ill, then they need to get help. If it turns out that they weren't ill, then you can have faith that the doctors will eventually figure it out and release them...right?
Well, if the results of this 1973 experiment are to be believed, I wouldn't count on it.
In 1973, Stanford professor Dr. David Rosenhan began to wonder about the validity of psychiatric diagnosis. After some contemplation, he conducted an experiment to test his theory.