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Old 02-13-2018, 01:49 PM   #1
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Default What do you think would IMPROVE psych hospitals?

So I've been hospitalized 4 times in my life (twice at 16 and twice recently as an adult). I, like most people I've talked to, have NEVER found these facilities helpful and instead feel like they often ignore patient concerns, talk down to you, spend little to no time explaining your meds / potential side effects and generally just DON'T CARE about the patients' well-being.

Two of these hospitals had the nastiest psychiatrists I've ever had the displeasure of meeting- doctors who were mean to the patients AND staff which was just bizarre. And even the doctors who were nice enough people would just order new meds without telling you ANYTHING, and spend like a maximum of 10 minutes with you.

Of course there are exceptions and I have had a few nice nurses or social workers talk to me when they saw me upset, and who I felt like actually gave a s*** about their patients, and I do realize that psych wards are 1000x better than they used to be. But overall, these places seem to be full of people who view it as just another job and the patients as a burden.

This young girl was so frustrated by her treatment at the last hospital I was in that she tried to call a patient advocate but they didn't call back. She felt like she was having a reaction to her meds and that no one was listening...

I suppose the most obvious way to improve psych wards would be to increase funding that is so often cut by our legislators. But other than that (since that's unlikely to change anytime soon), what do you guys think could be done to actually improve these places?
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The seclusion room is not a staff member. If you send someone to seclusion because you can't [won't] spare one person to stay with them, the patient is not the problem: the staff-to-patient ratio is.
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Better doctors. I just got out of Sheppard Pratt and had a decent doctor for once.
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Doctors that listen to you , not the ones that over medicate you .
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I think having a room with exercise equipment, like treadmills and exercise bikes, would be good. Exercise is such a wonderful tool to use, and yet so few people use it. In the hospital I go to, there is only one exercise bike, and in one TV room there is a Wii which provides some movement. There are walking groups and groups where you can go to a gymnasium nearby to play games like basketball/floor hockey. I think these are all good things to have.

I also think groups are important to have as well, like meditation groups, art groups, etc.

Boredom is a huge problem in psych hospitals, which does not pair well with depression and other mental illnesses!
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Actually having sessions with counselors while in there would help make sure you het on the right meds other than them just spending a couple of minutes with you and pumping you full of crap.
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How about nurses who work with the patients. Johns Hopkins had exceptional nurses for the most part. They checked in with you thoroughly every shift. The Dr. and residents there are a completely different story.
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I think being able to listen to our own music would be very helpful... Maybe allowing things like iPods and providing wireless headphones.

Hospitals are already expensive as ****, so I'm sure they could afford some cheap wireless headphones for people to use.

I Also feel like having access to a gym would be helpful, especially for those who stay longer than a week.

Having windows that we could open would be nice, too. People need fresh air.
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Like all hospitals, this sums it up.

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