I have worked at this hospital almost 35 years. I have never seen a unit with more deeply sick people than who we have now.
We usually complain when we are cluttered with people we believe we shouldn't have: drug users seeking abusables, small-time criminals hoping to avoid court dates or parole violation hearings, developmental services clients who are acting up, borderline personality disordered people who are nearly always disregulated, and thus nonacute. (That last is a debatable category. Some states treat those in psych hospitals, others don't.) There is none of that on my current caseload. Drugs are a factor in a few, but every single one of them is/was psychotic. The exceptions would be that some may be dementing or brain injured (we are still testing). Terribly broken people, many of whom we will not be able to fix, only manage them below level of dangerousness. We have also an unusually high percentage of people who are not only violent, but unpredictably violent - always our biggest fear.
One of my patients who comes from a line of conspiracy theorists, and has inspired a few posts, came in today. He has hung out at times with the tax-protestor and sovereign-citizen movements, but mostly, it's about him personally, not any larger group.