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Going to mental hospital questions

Discussion in 'I Have a Question...' started by painsource, Aug 28, 2006.

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  1. painsource

    painsource Well-Known Member

    Ive been thinking about going to a mental hospital and have a couple of questions.1)How long do they keep you,if you say you feel lke commiting suicide?2)How can you stay for a long time,say a year or so,3)Finally,when they release you do they send you a huge bill?Thanks for any help!
  2. Ive been thinking about going to a mental hospital and have a couple of questions.
    1)How long do they keep you,if you say you feel lke commiting suicide?

    It depends how you enter the hospital. If your doctor asked you to go a you just walk into the ER, they will assess you and will decide if you need to be there also, if you are clearly suicidal with a plan of completing this, they have the legel right to keep you there on a 3 day hold (at this point, you will not be able to leave) They will put you into a "locked unit" and basically everything will be taken from you for safety. If after 3 days they feel you need to be held, they can get a court order to keep you there for another 15 days. If you tell them you are suicidal, they might take you right away.
    2)How can you stay for a long time,say a year or so. Hospitals are for crisis situations. Your insurnace would not allow a long term stay, they would transfer you to another facility after the crisis is over. You stay will be decided by the doctors and your insurance.
    3)Finally,when they release you do they send you a huge bill?
    If you have insurance, it should be covered, but check you insurance benefits. If you are pay cash, your stay will be very short. It's sad, but true. Without insurance or lots of money, the hospital would not keep you there longer than a few days.

    I speak from experience. I've been in 3 hospitals. It's not easy, but you need to be there if you are at high risk for killing yourself.
  3. Jenny

    Jenny Staff Alumni

    Hi there

    I think it depends on your situation, on your doctors and the system where you live.

    I am in the UK and i know of several people going in to hospital for varied length of times... one admitted himself in to a place where he stayed for one year (voluntarily).. it was like a community where they helped eachother out. I believe he got this free on the NHS, so no large bill at the end...

    Is there any way you could ask your doctor how it would work for you?

    I hope you do consider it though.. seems like you could do with some extra support for your suicidal feelings.. and if you feel that being in a safe environment with professionals would help you, then go for it.. worry about the rest later :)

    Jenny x
  4. consciousinsane

    consciousinsane Well-Known Member

    I've been to a psych ward twice. The first time was involunarily. (handcuffs and all.....for my safty though). I stayed for 3 1/2 days. I had insurance and was billed $0. This was at Broughton State Mental Hospital in North Carolina. From other people there that didn't have insurance it cost them $100 a day.

    The second time I unconsciously admitted myself (on drugs). I was kept for seven days. At the end I had a $1,000 bill.

    They do take everything you have including shoelaces if you go to a state hospital. At a regular hospital they are not as strict. Also depending on the hospital, if you are suicidal, many times they have whats called "one on one" where you are assigned a staff personnel and they follow you everywhere, to he bath room, sit by your room even when you sleep, everything.

    I have acutally enjoyed both my stays and often MISS being there!. If I could afford to miss work I'd probably be in there right now. It's very relaxing if you have the right mindset. You don't have to worry about anything. they feed you, give you your meds. You just sit back and can focus on yourself and let your mind clear out some.
  5. Bipolar2andu

    Bipolar2andu Guest

    I stayed in a hospital for ten days without insurance (Still have not gotten the bill and it's been over two months). I walked into the ER, and they took me straight back and made me change into a hospital gown, and after spending two hours with a Dr. and a Social Worker I was admitted upstairs. My Dr. said I couldn't leave after four days because he said I was still too depressed but he did make it very clear to me that each day I was there it was costing me $1200.00 a day. He kept me a total of ten days and I told him "I'm ready to go" and he asked if I was feeling suicidal, I said "No" so they let me be. Now, I was still feeling just as bad, but there would been no way I could AFFORD such an outragous bill.....There was a 22 year old female upstairs and I felt so bad for her because she would just laugh at anything and she said there was three voices in her head telling her jokes and such....they said she would prob. be there for at least a good six months or more.

    My expierence wasen't bad......I met some very nice people (Except my second Doctor who was a total jerk). I was diagnosed as Bipolar, Mood Disorder and Depression and the next day I was placed on Depakote and Lexapro.......but since I don't have insurance I'm off my meds and have been for over a month. Like you, I enjoyed it....would have loved to stayed longer. I hate to see the bill when and if it makes its way to me ($18,000 or so).

    Here in Tennessee the only hospital an uninsured person can go to is the state hospital, the regular hospitals WILL NOT accept you period even if you walk into the ER and say your going to kill yourself - they send you straight to the state hospital.
  6. claycad

    claycad Well-Known Member

    The $18,000 bill would make me even more suicidal...
  7. ~CazzaAngel~

    ~CazzaAngel~ Staff Alumni

    That sounds familiar lol :hug:

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