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Old 02-14-2019, 12:29 AM #1
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Default At what point do I require hospital admission?

As above.

I understand suicide attempts can land you in hospital.
For myself, i have been having occasional suicidal ideations for quite a period of time, since last year. Previously was admitted to that mental health hospital for suicide attempt but it left me with regret for failure to carry it out successfully.

Nowadays these SI stuffs pops up in my mind every now and then but distractions helped a bit. I'm not sure if this problem warrants a hospital stay since i have not made any attempts after the previous one yet.

Appreciate any answers to this.
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Default Re: At what point do I require hospital admission?

I would definitely talk to someone about it like a therapist or someone at the hospital.

Here just having ideations isn't enough for them to have you stay. You have to have a plan and be what they consider a danger to yourself or others. If you feel like you are in any danger then definitely go.
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Suicide is a serious subject. (You probably didn't need me to tell you that.) I've made 2 serious attempts both of which landed me in the psych wards of 2 different hospitals. And although I've always had lots of suicide-related thoughts if anyone had asked me, the day before each of my attempts, if I was in danger I'd have said no & meant it.

I can't tell you whether or not what you are experiencing warrants a hospital stay. But what I feel I can tell you is that it's worth talking with someone about whether that be your therapist or pdoc, if you have one or both, or perhaps a family member... whomever you have in your life you feel comfortable talking with. My best wishes to you...
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Default Re: At what point do I require hospital admission?

Definitely talk to a therapist or doctor about the thoughts you are having as soon as possible. Here also they would not admit you for passive suicidal ideation but they would want to help you get help and make a plan to ensure your safety. Connecting you with mental health resources would be their main goal if they feel you are safe and you also feel safe.

For myself I am almost never hospitalized until I attempt but the way my bipolar acts is I am super happy manic although I will get drunk and make serious threats but lie my way out of them once sober. and then suddenly attempt so the full switch from happy to actively suicidal is only hours before the attempt. If I am having thoughts the way you are, I am likely able to keep myself safe and just continue with meds and therapy.

You know yourself best but sometimes we can convince ourselves that things are not the way they really are so reaching out for help before it gets to that point is best. Take care
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