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Old 08-27-2017, 12:47 PM #1
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Default Stories about good/helpful inpatient experiences?

My depression's escalating and I think I'm going to have to voluntarily admit myself again.

I know that it's the Right Thing To Do but my first two hospitalizations were really boring and unhelpful--kept me safe while the worst of the depression passed, but I don't think I learned anything or experienced any healing.

Has anyone had an inpatient stay that was actually productive or helpful? (Outside of the realm of pure physical safety?)
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I enjoyed the ip groups but meds can be adjusted op
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Mine all (5) have been helpful. Some more than others but I've always left having gained something. I am able to go to a mood disorder unit which helps I think. Lots of groups and activities that were helpful. But honestly I don't know how much is that I felt safe and really needed help to feel that way and how much is something specific in there. Since I can't remember a specific answer I thing it might be that effect as much as anything. The only thing I hate is the weekends which are long and boring.
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I had a really good connection with one superb nurse in one place… Actually a couple of places. The connection was healing to me.
My last hospitalization was really good because of how they did not react to my behaviors. They just let them be what they were and made sure that I was OK in a non-patronizing way, and I didn't get in trouble for anything. That in itself was huge.

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When I attempted, my temp job had ended 4 days before, my husband was unemployed, we had no insurance so after my 20 or 21 day hospital stay they sent me to an inpatient mental health facility that was nonprofit--served the homeless, etc. It seemed quite low budget. Mostly, we were just locked in a room together and monitored to make sure we didn't hurt ourselves. They did not change my dressings for days (twice during a 5 days stay and I had major wounds) plus I saw a psychiatrist only twice--short visits.

The one helpful thing was a man who taught the group classes. He did this as a volunteer. He had witnessed and survived a major trauma as a teenager which reared its ugly head years later and caused havoc in his life including alcohol problems. Only after hitting rock bottom, did he realize that it was unresolved. He kept saying to me that their must be some sort of trauma in my life that drove me to do what I did--especially given my background (my parent's were middle class--had enough $ to pay for my college education, until recently--after the credit bubble bursted--my husband and I were able to find sufficient work) and that I seemed so normal on the outside. He took the time to tell my husband and me his story and how important it was for me to see a therapist.

Earlier this year, my T reminded me that when I first went to therapy I said I really had nothing to talk about. But what this man said to me in such a kind way kept replaying in my mind. So I took a chance and brought up some things that I thought were probably unimportant but might be traumatizing. It turns out that there were some negative experiences that effected me more than I realized. It is easy to talk about good memories but not bad. If this caring gentleman had not laid the proper foundation--I do not know if I would have made as much progress as I have. For the most part, I don't even believe the people whom I have had traumatic experiences with meant me any harm. We all handle things differently, sometimes we need to learn better ways to handle things and allow ourselves to feel anger and sadness without guilt or forgive ourselves for our mistakes or we have developed negative coping mechanisms. Also, if we have been under intense stress for a long time, we may need a lot of rest. I still have a ways to go, but don't many of us? Life is messy....

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My first experience inpatient was a surprisingly pleasant experience! The ER was scary (and boring) because no one really told me what was going on and there was like, seven guards watching over this small hallway with three psych patients. The nurses and doctors were nice though.

At the inpatient ward, I met a lot of really nice patients and staff members. A made a friend there and we would mess around with the therapist, who said we amused him but pretended to be annoyed. The psychiatrist would just laugh and let us do whatever silly things we wanted to do as long as we weren't actually causing trouble, which led to the therapist asking the psychiatrist, "WHY DO YOU ENCOURAGE THEM? THIS IS A BAD IDEA."

It was nice being able to get away from the stressors in my day-to-day life and since I was surrounded by nice people, I cheered up quickly and made a lot of the patients' and hospital staff's days with my antics.
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I had a 7-week stay in a residential facility for OCD and depression. While there were definitely problems with the way they transitioned me out of the hospital, the treatment I received there was very effective in resolving my OCD symptoms. When I went in, I was so depressed that I was basically a walking zombie. I was obsessing and performing rituals every waking minute. I had dropped out of school and wasn't even living at home due to contamination fears. When I came out, I was about 90% OCD free and was able to resume my life. This hospitalization had a very specific purpose and involved a very specific treatment regimen of CBT/ERP.
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I've been hospitalized for depression 3 times, all in the same psych hospital. They were all mostly good experiences.

The first time I was in was on a women's unit that speciallized in treating trauma and women with complex illnesses. The staff were all really nice and I was assigned a nurse for the duration of my stay, and I met with her a minimum of 2 times a day, and could go to her at anytime, if I needed to talk. I saw my psychiatrist every 2 days, and they had lots of good groups. I was in for 8 weeks.

The second time I was admitted was to a step down unit from the main mood disorders unit. It was much freer than the other ward. If we didn't have group we could come and go as we pleased, as long as we told the nurses where we were going, and when we'd back. On that unit, we had our own rooms with private bathrooms - that was the height of luxury. I was in 4 weeks.

My 3'rd admission was a bit more of a mixed bag. I went in through the ER and they didn't have any beds in the women's unit, so they stuck me in the General Psychiatric Union. It was pretty scary. There was no therapy, and seemed to be a holding pen for people who were involuntarily committed. And you had everything represented - lots of people with psychosis. My main objective was to lay low, and not get noticed. I was in there 5 days, and then got a move back to the women's unit I was on the first time I was in. It was good, and I was in 4 weeks that time.

If I was ever feeling unsafe, I wouldn't hesitate to go back to that hospital.

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I went in to a Trauma Unit. It was helpful. The most helpful thing was being safe, but there were lectures and therapy sessions that were helpful. Everyone there was kind and supportive. I was very isolated at the time, so having the support was nice.
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My depression's escalating and I think I'm going to have to voluntarily admit myself again.

I know that it's the Right Thing To Do but my first two hospitalizations were really boring and unhelpful--kept me safe while the worst of the depression passed, but I don't think I learned anything or experienced any healing.

Has anyone had an inpatient stay that was actually productive or helpful? (Outside of the realm of pure physical safety?)

Had a horrible experience first time I was inpatient for a med reaction. Really bad second experience at a different hospital for attempting suicide. Then my most recent experience for second attempt at another hospital was good. They helped me and had therapy groups and caring staff. Do your research on local hospitals if you can. They are not all good or helpful.
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