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Old 11-12-2017, 04:39 PM   #1
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I was hospitalized inpatient for 3 weeks a few years back for Psychotic Depression, and some suicidality. When I was in there it seems like we just focused on letting out emotions out, through art and stuff similar. We had a group meeting twice a day where we told one of the employees how we were feeling at that time.

I just felt like the techniques I learned in the hospital were not valuable enough for me to implement in the real world. I eventually got through my depressive episode, but recently it has come back and I don't really have a use for coping mechanisms that were learned during inpatient.

Does anyone else feel like mental hospitals' techniques are not efficient, or was it just my own interpretation?
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I've been involuntarily committed twice, each time to a different hospital, following suicide attempts. The first time I made a nice case for my wife's sunglasses. The second time I mostly just sat around & waited for time to pass.
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I've been really lucky with my 3 hospitalizations. They were all at the same place. They had really good skills groups and I learned a lot. We even had DBT one time. I feel like I really still use some of the skills I learned in the hospital when things get bad.

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Maybe it was just because I was 15 years old and in an adolescent unit that I felt like the things we learned was not of enough value. Looking back on it I don't have any coping mechanisms to help me with my current depressive episode so I feel like I did not gain anything from that hospital. But I am still working towards improvement nonetheless.
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The adolescent residential unit was mostly worthless. It mostly focused on getting you to go to school full days. Some had individual therapy (usually either CBT or EMDR, sometimes also PMT, some had medication and saw the psychiatrist once a week or once every other week). On Thursday you chose a new "week goal/sub goal" (something you'd work on the next week) and then on Mon, Tue, Wed every afternoon after school there was tea and after tea was sub goal discussion, where everyone stated what their goal was and how they'd worked on it that day. Given that you'd spent all day at school, most hadn't had time to work on it a lot so a lot of people said "I'm going to work on it this evening" or "I'm going to do x this evening".
The unit was useful basically for: getting back to school (most who got there had had to stop school due to depression, anxiety, ocd, ptsd, stuff like that, which was one of the reasons they went to the unit in the first place) and having the ability to talk to someone when you need to vent (unit was staffed mostly by social workers and a few nurses, who were usually available if something was up). It was good for the practical stuff - if you needed help breaking through OCD rituals - as in, so someone could 'physically prevent' them from washing their hands - for example, and I remember there was one boy whose medication made him sleep and fall asleep a lot and needed a lot of help in the morning so he got out of bed instead of waking up, turning off the alarm clock and/or waving off the nurse, and falling asleep again), and, as I mentioned, getting back into a school rhythm. But it didn't do much to actually treat your problems.
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I agree, we had about an hour every day to do homework, I had to go there in the middle of the school year so there was enough schoolwork to do, but besides that we would just draw things that expressed positive feelings, talked about how we felt. I was able to get out in 3 weeks because I voluntarily was admitted, but I knew people in there who had been there for many months, I guess they weren't progressing enough because the system is already against you.
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I went in this hospital so many times that I knew the different group classes by heart. Very boring. What helped me the most was at the end of the day, just hanging out with the other patients and relating to each other. Talking with other patients was more helpful to me than talking with the nurses. I think what would help me most is counseling once outside the hospital.
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I went in this hospital so many times that I knew the different group classes by heart. Very boring. What helped me the most was at the end of the day, just hanging out with the other patients and relating to each other. Talking with other patients was more helpful to me than talking with the nurses. I think what would help me most is counseling once outside the hospital.
I think the best part was how easily I made friends with a few people. I am never one who easily makes friends, so I was pleasantly surprised at how easily I was able to make friends with these people. I remember one night, the staff let a few of us stay up past bedtime to watch a movie, that was awesome.
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I have some memories of that too. Also, if we got hungry late at night we could ask for a grilled cheese or snacks or whatever and one of the nurses would go get us something. All the patients are there for the same basic reason, so we relate.
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I've been in a mental facility voluntarily this summer. I've stayed there for almost three months.
The hospital was very focused on social life and we had a plethora of activities to choose from. Our days were very full, usually we had a schedule from 7 AM to 6 PM.

I think I've learnt a bit about socialising and how other people don't automatically judge you for your problems. Also got some input on how to analyse my feelings better and how to express them to others.

But other than that, not much. I think the problem is that you learn how to deal with your problem in that isolated "safe" environment, surrounded by people who grow with you. But as soon as you're outside again, I think it requires an extreme amount of work to carry this outlook over to your usual surroundings, because you'd basically need to do all the work again, without support from professionals 24 hours a day.

It's so frustrating to me. I've spent almost three months putting all my energy into making life finally better for myself, overcoming mental obstacles and fears, just to end up in the same place again. I still have folders full of diary notes and thoughts from that time. But I wasn't able to carry it over into the real world. I'm scared that my progress is lost now.
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