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Old 01-05-2019, 10:52 AM #1
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Default Is the hospital really that bad?

Ive been told that, because of the unpredictability of my illness, at some point in my life... hospitalization might be necessary.

This idea scares me. I dont ever want to go to a hospital because that feels like giving up control of my life. Im still partially reliant on my parents- and until I move out for good (soon) I feel that hospitalization would just mean admitting to the world that Im not ready for my own life- and that I need a caretaker or something.

So. My questions are. Is the hospital really that bad? What is a stay generally like? How long do schizoaffectives generally stay compared to other people with other mental illnesses- longer? What have your experiences been with how people have treated you AFTER hospitalization?
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Default Re: Is the hospital really that bad?

There will come a point where you will need to accept yourself. Being ill doesn't make you an inferior. Each experience in the hospital is different, and each person is different with unique experiences only to them. There is unpredictability with it in that sense.

My first hospitalization, I stayed for eight months. My second, I was court ordered to stay 72 hours after medical clearing. My third was two days.

Please don't think of hospitalization as an end all. It's too help you, not hurt nor hinder you. What do you feel is the best route for you: are you getting support in your everyday life, your job, school, family, friends? Are you undergoing counselling and medication management to help combat your symptoms? Are you taking care of you for you? Think about that.

If you're a threat to yourself or others, you will be court ordered to stay. I wouldn't worry about hospitalization if you're currently receiving adequate treatment.

But people in each of my hospital stays have been very caring towards me. I didn't have a good support team afterward, so things were rough after, but not everyone has that and each experience is unique.
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hi i am schizoaffective and have been in the hospital a few times and it has really varied from 5 days to 5 weeks but usually about 2 weeks anymore. they give you coping strategies and adjust your meds, u have ppl to talk to if you need help, ie stress, hallucinations, support and such.
no one has to know you were in the hospital and usually they are ok with it and try to understand that you are just having a problem. If you want to talk let me know.
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Default Re: Is the hospital really that bad?

I wouldn't say the hospital stays I've had were bad at all. I mean, the circumstances that brought me there were not good, per se. But that was what I needed in both instances: assistance with daily medicine adherence, a place where I could get stable, support if I needed it, etc. I hope you find the support you're looking for.
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My hospital stay connected me with a great psychiatrist, case manager, and treatment plan. I wasn't stable when I left the hospital but I became stable with the right med and treatment program. I appreciate the hospital but I can understand not wanting to go.
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I donít know what it is like with your particular disorder, but I was sectioned once for four days and I can tell you what that was like. My mental health problems started almost 7 years ago when I had a very severe, and very public panic attack. I had to be forcibly sedated. I woke up the next morning in the unit. People were generally nice to me, I talked to several therapists and a psychiatrist who was less nice. Mostly I was bored, and I slept a lot. I honestly donít remember a lot of it because I think I have blocked a lot of it out. More out of embarrassment than anything.
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When I first had a psychotic break (that I could classify as - I've had a bunch of paranoia episodes and hallucinations through my life) I was in the hospital for 10 days. They diagnosed me as bipolar and polysubstance abuser. The stay was a comfort to me because I was so scared - also it put a name and a reason for my breaks and all that goes with them. In felt that I could possibly get a little better knowing what I was fighting against.


I have had about 5 more hospitalizations, none of which lasted more than a week. One stay I got paranoid and starting yelling a nurse/worker/whatever. They restrained me and gave me the option to take haldol on my own or they would inject me. That only made me more scared.


The last time I was in the hospital it was the date we were supposed to get married. We ended up later just going to the justice of the peace with our parents.


One time I just signed myself out and had to fill out an against medical advice form.


The wing was locked down. They had group all day long. The highlights of the day were the meals. It used to be cigarette breaks, but eventually stopped letting us smoke.


It was different every time dependent on how bad off I was.


Later I found out that I had been misdiagnosed and was in fact Schizoaffective.
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Default Re: Is the hospital really that bad?

I have been hospitalized more than a dozen times and once I was abused but there were also hospitals that were exactly what I needed at the time, being suicidal and psychotic. Just make sure the hospital you are going to is a good one and not a place where people can get away with awful things.
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Default Re: Is the hospital really that bad?

When I was there, I wouldn't say it was "bad". No one did anything malicious or anything. It was mostly just extremely boring, like basically staring at the walls for days on end kind of boring. So yeah, it was bad, just not in the way that it's commonly portrayed in movies/shows.

Some of the patients who were there earlier told a story about how there was a guy who lost it in the day room over a chess game that he lost, started flipping over tables, just going utterly berserk. And tried to attack one of the patients. But I wasn't there when that happened.
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