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Old 10-30-2018, 02:59 AM   #1
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Default How did an inpatient stay help you?

I would like to find out how you were helped by staying in an inpatient unit at some point in time? I ask because I am trying to learn what can be gained by doing so. I admit that I will probably need to check in once again to get suicidal impulses and other issues under control. Obviously, one can get separated from society so that they do not continue to damage their reputation through self sabotage, etc. The one time I tried using an inpatient unit, it was unhelpful, no talk therapy, no one addressed any of my issues, and pretty much all we did was sit around doing remedial projects and listening to captain obvious give speeches. Please advise if you can.
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:59 AM   #2
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I've been inpatient 3 times. All 3 times were helpful, in getting over suicidal impulses, stabalized and out of a depressive episode.



But I was in a very good specialized psych hospital. We had therapy groups throughout the day, and I met with my assigned nurse to talk, each shift. I saw my psychiatrist for an hour every other day.


About the only downside to it was the lack of privacy and the facilities were kind of run down as it was an older building.


I wouldn't hesitate to go back if I really needed it.


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Old 10-31-2018, 06:04 PM   #3
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The primary help for me was giving me a safe place to rest. I slept a lot. I also got my medications reevaluated and got to connect with other people with similar struggles.

It's not a great place to be, but it can be the safest place to be.
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I was inpatient in April for a week. It was my first time and I hope to God my last.

For the first two days I was in a literal cell - it was all concrete with a mattress on the floor. They brought me food and that was it. No doctors saw me, no nurses, nothing. I was basically left there to rot.

Then I got transferred to a short term psych unit at another hospital. I saw my psychiatrist twice I think for about 15 minutes each time over five days. Other than that there was nothing - no groups, no counselling, no therapy, nothing. I basically slept the whole time.

When I was there they took me off all my meds. Said I don’t need them

When I was discharged they did not give me any resources - said I was not mentally ill enough. My therapist almost dropped me because of the attempt and I would have literally been high and dry.

I suppose if I couldn’t keep myself safe I would go back because that was all it was good for. But I certainly didn’t “grow” or benefit from my time there.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:46 AM   #5
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It gave a chance for the doctors to change my meds and see how I was doing. Also, I enjoyed the craft groups, but I found most of the other things to be a waste of time. Also, the food was good and balanced.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:26 PM   #6
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I got formally tested and diagnosed as DID. I learned about trauma responses-I was in a specialized trauma treatment IP. I met some others with DID, and that was helpful because it is so rare. I was safe. The folks there were nice, I think they tried to be helpful. But for me, a week or so is not enough to really make a difference. I do now know that I have a safe place to go to if I am suicidal and I want to be safe.
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No help. Nothing. Um, unless torture can be referred to as "help". Absolutely nothing. I will never, never, never, under any circumstances return to a psych IP situation. Never.
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It gave me a chance to disconnect from the real world (most helpful - ignoring my family calls). There was some "attempt" of psychotherapy but it was by students and it switched daily. Groups were good because they were a nice change in pace, but they weren't super beneficial on a psychological level. Being able to be honest about my self harm thoughts was really helpful, even though it meant arguing with the psychiatrist (think of it as a love/hate thing). So, in the end, it wasn't horrible, but its more meant for stability, in my opinion, than growth unless you go to a facility tailored to that.
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Safety, rest, talking through concerns, being away from toxic environments. But this refers to private rather than public hospitalisation.
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:57 PM   #10
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I have had multiple admissions since the age of 13 and I doubt I would be alive today without it. These places literally saved my life. Not the most fun places in the world but it was also good for my parents as they knew I was somewhere safe. Overall the staff was quite good, a couple I didn't get along with though. If I needed another admission I would go voluntarily.
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