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Discussion in 'Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings' started by Anju, Aug 18, 2008.

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  1. Anju

    Anju Well-Known Member

    My doctor wants to admit me to hospital because she feels I am in danger of doing serious harm to myself. I basically had to convince her I wasn't going to rush out and kill myself this instant to get her to allow me to go home, but she says she still thinks it would be safer for me. I don't know if I agree, has anyone here been put into hospital as a 'serious risk to themselves'? I wouldn't know what to expect from it, if it helps me get through this...then maybe. But I'd like to hear more about it first :unsure:

    Anyone able to help me out here?
  2. itmahanh

    itmahanh Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

    Hun I've been in hospital many times. PM me if ya want to chat about it or ask anything you want. It can be helpful in my ways and if not atleast it is a break from your routine and a chance to get some rest.
  3. GreenChick

    GreenChick Active Member

    Honestly, its not so bad. I mean, I don't look forward to going in there. But if you are really suicidal, its not a bad thing.

    Sometimes you meet really nice people there. There are often other patients who are going through the same thing you are, and in the hospitals I've been in, people were really supportive of each other.

    First, you will go the the emergency room. (unless you are directly admitted by your doctor) you will wait a LOOOONG time. Someone will screen you. Then if they want you to go in, they will ask you. If you agree, you wil go in voluntarily. If they feel you need to go in but you refuse, they may have the legal ability to commit you. Avoid this. If you agree to go in, they will continue to treat you as a person who is actively seeking help.

    In order to make sure that you (and the other patients) are safe on the unit, they will take away your belt (if you have one) and shoelaces so noone can hurt themselves. They will also take perfume, make-up, deorderant, etc, and keep them by the nurses' station or in a locker so that you have to ask to use them. I never could figure out why they took away deorderant, I can't imagine someone eating it, but they do take it away. Rules vary unit by unit, but you usually aren't allowed certain things, the hospital I went in had a rule that no one could bring in unsealed food because people were putting drugs in it. Most hospitals don't let you smoke, unfortunately.

    Hospitals vary, but usually you are assigned a person (nurse) to talk to. And you will get a psychiatrist and a social worker. The pcyhiatrist will meet with you once a day (hopefully) he will almost definitely change your meds. And that is the advantage of being in the hospital- they can make drastic med changes fast - unlike on the outside, where they have to change them slowly. This is becasue you are in a controlled environment and are being observed so that if there are any sudden mental or physical side effects, you will be taken care of right away.

    There will be groups. In those groups, you will talk about what brought you to the hospital. People will share thier stories. Some of the grous may be themed- like dealing with anger, coping with abuse, etc. Most of the time the groups are optional. Try to go to them- they can't help you if you don't go, and it looks good to the doctors to see that you are trying to get better. use the groups.

    IT may be a little scary. There will probbaly be a few people in the hospital with you who are suffering from severe psychotic disorders- however, if you are on a voluntary unit and not a committed unit (i.e. you went in on your own recognizants (sp) there probably won't be many. Don't be afraid of them, they are not dangerous or they would be in a locked unit. Also, there are nurses all around who are trained in how to diffuse situations. But it can be unnerving to deal with someone who thinks bats are out get them, etc.
    But don't sweat it- just be glad you're not in that state.

    Most of the peopel will be like you- either there for suicidal feelings, observation on a medication adjustment, or for drug and alcohol abuse. A lot of people who go to rehab spend a few days in mental wards first. So you may run into a lot of them. You may be surprised at how nice people are and how helpful it is to talk to the other people.

    Depending on the hospital, it may be frustrating that the nurses and counselors will be too busy to talk as much as you'd like. Though most of them will make time for you. There will be a lot of downtime, time when you are doing nothing. I strongly suggest bringing a book or two.

    Now, if you go in voluntarily, you can leave voluntarily if you don't like things. Here is how it works. You can submit a 24-48 hour notice. This says you want to leave. The doctor will then meet with you and evaluate you. If he decides you aren't going to walk out the door and kill yourself or someone else, he will clear you to leave. If he thinks you are in serious danger, he may try to commit you. They have to do that because they don't want you to get hurt. But usually, you can leave if you want to.

    More good news- you won't be there long. Most of the time, you will be out in a week. And you will be on new meds. And that might help. It's only a week of your life, and its not that bad.

    If you are feeling suicidal, really in danger, please go. It's worth it to save your life. Go somewhere safe. It really isn't that bad. And its not for that long.
  4. touglytobeloved

    touglytobeloved Well-Known Member

    I havent been in hospital so far because of suicide feelings, and I hope I never will. So far, im safe from that, because practically noone know that Im suicidal and how serious my suicidal feelings are. But from what I have read from other people experiences, going to hospital might be positive in some way, if you are really dangerous for yourself, and you want to be saved, because they will treat you good there, the bad part might come if they decide to put you on drugs.
  5. seithkein

    seithkein Well-Known Member

    She said everything right.
  6. Stranger1

    Stranger1 Forum Buddy & Antiquities Friend

    It is better for you to go voluntarily. If you fight it you will end up in front of a judge both going in and when you get out he decides if you are ready.
    There is nothing to worry about, it isn't like in the movies. If anything it is boring. You will see people walking circles on the ward. That is because they are bored so we walk.
    Yes it is posible you will be there for a couple of weeks. If they put you on meds, they will need time to make adjustments to what works for you. Bring a couple of books so you have something to do. Take Care....
  7. Anju

    Anju Well-Known Member

    Thanks for taking the time to reply guys, I'm gonna see what the doc says tomorrow...I still think I'd rather avoid it, at least atm anyway:unsure:

    And greenchick, that was one long post :tongue: but very enlightening, thanks :hug:
  8. GreenChick

    GreenChick Active Member

    No problem.
  9. aki

    aki Well-Known Member

    I don't know why, but I always feel jealous when I read threads like these... its just a reminder that no one really gives a shit whether I live or die :dunno:
    It must be difficult going into hospital, but try and be positive and see it as a chance for people to help you get better.
  10. notwanting2live

    notwanting2live Well-Known Member

    Good luck to see your doctor. Ive been admitted twice, and both have been under mental health law shit. i was sectioned in other words, i wasnt able to leave on my say so. so what everyone is saying is right, if you want help, and your doctor thinks you need help, then except it, and also it helps yuo escape from everything, and have a chance to talk, and to be able to have a release from every day stresses as well as your "problems" if you get me?.

    the answer to the message about taking your deodrant away, it is becuase some people use solvents (ie people like me!) and also you can burn yourself, by spraying it on your skin for longer than you should, and this is a way of self harming. they also are worried incase you end up hurting other people with it by spraying it in their eyes or something along those lines.

    when i was in hospital, i was assigned a primary care worker, which meant that at least twice a day he would come up and check on me. the 1st time i was thier it was scary at first, but then i met some poeple who are like me, who have sucidial thoughts, and attempted suicide. this helped me alot becuase i was able to feel not alone. the groups also helped me, although i only went to two sessions. also it is true that there is a chance of getting out in a week, as suicidal people aint known to have a mental illness, they are just depserate ==>> this is what my primary care worker said, unless they have like i dont know.. ermm split personallity or schriphreni (spelling) and suicidal at the same time, im not sure entiley. but alot of the time they do talk bullocks.
    when i was in the 1st time, the 1st day i was taken up by police, as i spent the night before in the police cells, and i asked for a razor so i culd shave my legs, like fuck was i shaving my legs, they still gave me one, and i didnt have supervision. they just knocked on my door, bout hr later asking for the razor, then realising that i had self harmed. 2 days later i asked for another one, they did exaclty same thing. im not complaining as i needed to self harm, but my parents complained saying i should of been kept safe, yaktiyakyak(!) x

    i hope you all the best, and you get the help you need, if you want it.
    Good luck
    Xx Sky xX
    PM me anytime x
  11. Insignificant

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    i have been to the hospital so so so so many times. i must say it's actually like having some space to breath. i don't know about you but when i'm home i feel all of life's pressures and it makes my suicidal tendancies actually worse. however, when i am in the hospital it's like those pressures aren't in my face anymore and it just seems to make things a little more bearable everyday until eventually you're out of there.

    anyways, i hope if you are feeling seriously suicidal i would like to encourage you to just go in there. it's not a bad experience, and we would like to continue to see your bright smiling face around here more.

    please take care and stay safe
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