a really odd question, i know, but hear me out... i'm new here and all, but as some of you guys know i'm on my first attempt at trying to write a novel. to put it simply, my novel is about a homeless man with a trouble past who wakes one day in a mental hospital... and that is why i have these questions about mental hospitals. can mental hospitals be co-ed? what about age differences? and in terms of severity of mental illnesses, how does it effect what kind of mental hospital you would be put in? if i have to change these characters up a bit so it's believable that they could all be together inside a mental hospital, how would i do it? tell me if these people could in fact be possibly found together inside a mental hospital: - homeless man (25-30 years old, depression, suffering from hallucinations, very slight schizo, can't remember his childhood, doesn't know his own name) - man (20-25 years old, not really depressed, more like "thinks different", acts wild, not really crazy though, does hard drugs) - woman (20-25 years old, hippie-like, pot smoker, confused mostly more than actually depressed) - woman (20-25 years old, depressed, trauma from sexual abuse earlier in life) - woman (30-35 years old, extreme depression, out of it mostly just staring into space) - man (35-38 years old, depression) - old man (60+ years old, senile) this is probably one of the weirdest question asked here before, and it may sound really stupid... i'm kinda laughing just looking at what i just asked, but i am serious.