Psychiatric Inpatient Admissions??

Discussion in 'After Effects' started by faded echoes, Nov 25, 2007.

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  1. faded echoes

    faded echoes Active Member

    Hi there! I was just wondering for those of you that survived your suicide attempts, how long (if at all) were you admitted into psychiatric care? It seems like most people have relatively short stays, I don't understand why? Isn't a suicide attempt considered a "threat to oneself" especially since a serious attempt would make you extremely high risk?

    Thanks for any responses. :)
  2. RySp123

    RySp123 Guest

    Yes it is a threat to oneself yet not counting anymore in these days. It is against the law (no chit) yet none ensure this is respected nor applied in real life.

    Once it was but today...... health system wherever that is is sicker than mostpeople and first to line up to be internated should be gov. health care system representents of ALL levels for no less thatn 3 months.
  3. ggg456

    ggg456 Guest

    In the UK it depends on how you are when you're in the ward, how you 'respond to medication' and how you present yourself in the reviews with the psychiatrist. There are different levels you get put on when in a ward, involuntary, under various sections, 72 hours, etc etc so not everyone on the ward will be let's say, under a 6 month section, or would even be there for an actual suicide attempt. If you are seen at high risk of harm to yourself in any way or to other people, admission is possible, although in my case, when I needed to be safe last year I got no help whatsoever but ended up there recently, out of the blue without expecting it.
  4. itmahanh

    itmahanh Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

    My first attempt landed me in "the ward" for 8 weeks. My second attempt if I remember correctly was 5 weeks. My third attempt, not even 2 whole days and that was just in hospital no ward. My last two, I convinced the police I would seek help at hospital (tried to make it look like an auto accident) and last attmept I tried to get someone mad enough to do it for me, just ended up back at home. You get better with each try at making people believe you are ok. More believable each time to all those from the outside. But on the inside you ony feel more desperate and alone.
  5. Spearmint

    Spearmint Well-Known Member

    I ended up in the hospital for two days, and then I was transferred to the psych ward thing for 3. :dry:
  6. I've been admitted several times and each time it has been a different length of time..anywhere from just a few hours to a little over two weeks. I'm guessing it has to do with where you're admitted and why you're being admitted. :dunno:
  7. Ruby

    Ruby Well-Known Member

    I spent a long time detained under the MH act,but normally when I take an overdose I stay in the medical ward for a few days and then when i'm physically fit they call the psychiatrist. I always tell the pdoc that I didn't really want to die so that I escape going to the mental health unit.
  8. Ruby

    Ruby Well-Known Member

    Bet that was an experience!:laugh:
  9. Ruby

    Ruby Well-Known Member

    I was placed on a paediatric ward when I was 16. It was.. strange being surrounded by babies and small children. Not only because I was a lot older, but because I was in with a psychiatric condition.
  10. Nessarose

    Nessarose Well-Known Member

    I was in the behavioral health unit last November for about ten days. I thought God was telling me not to eat, and I was a bit underweight. The hospital gave me a couple IVs to hydrate me in the E.R. and about six hours later I was admitted to the BHU. It wasn't a suicide attempt, but they thought I was a risk to myself. I'd told my brother what was going on although "God" did not want me to, and he told my mom in the morning, and bam, E.R. I'd been off for a few months, though, and it upset the hell out of my mom which makes me feel bad.

    Anyway, I don't know why they kept me there ten days. The psychiatrist also wrote I was "getting worse." :rolleyes: Anyway...the hospital helped, as much as I hated being there. Technically, I was voluntary for most of the time, but if I'd left I'd have had a huge bill.
  11. mango_goose

    mango_goose Active Member

    Most of my attempts have only landed me 4 hr stays in the ER... A few times i wondered off before the psych dr came to see me....woops LOL

    The only 2 times i got sent to the psych ward werent even for real suicide attempts.....
    The first one was because I had gone into a seizure woken up in hospital with a whole heap of pills next to me n i thought i was suppossed to take them so i did (when i wake up from a seizure i pretty much do what im told or what i think im suppossed to do)
    The second time i had had another seizure because i hadnt been taking my medication, they told me they were putting me in a ward, which is pretty normal after a large siezure, and they sectioned me because i was a "danger to myself"
    They never told me which ward they were sending me to n silly me didnt realise why the security gaurd kept watching me LOL
    \but ive never been in the psych ward when ive been actually suicidal or having a mental breackdown or whatever it is that happens kinda funny aye

    OH n both admissions were for a week. the first one was supposed to be until a bed opened up on the neurology ward n the second was untill they realised that i wasnt 16 i was 19 (they never ever asked me my age)
  12. rob389

    rob389 Member

    I've spent the last 6 months in a psychiatric hospital.
    And it looks like i'll be spending christmas here.
  13. incombustible2000

    incombustible2000 Well-Known Member

    what is it link in a psychiatric hospital?
  14. rwillson

    rwillson Well-Known Member

    i think the reasons for short stays are...

    1. anyone held in a psych ward for any period of time will do anything to get out as soon as possible (i know i did)...

    2. insurance companies don't like to pay for psychiatric care...

    3. very few people have insurance that will cover a stay in a psych ward (if they have insurance at all), and a stay at a psych ward is expensive...

    4. psych wards are not there to make you better, just make sure you are stable enough to be released...

    5. they really don't give a damn...

  15. rwillson

    rwillson Well-Known Member

    i also wanted to add since the 60's when psychatric care moved from a model based on inpatient care to out patient care there are few really good psych hospitals left, they are dwindleing every day, there are still a few Austin Riggs is one of the few, there used to be a real good one where i live called Harding Hospital but ever since it was willed to the OSU medical center (corporation is more like it) it has closed and all there services have been trimmed down and move to the Ohio State Hospital, nor is it a long term program now. most programs these days are out patient and poorly run ones at that. there are still privatetly run program (Creative Care has a long term psych program both in their dual diagnosis center in Malibu and a strictly psych center in North Ridge) but both are very expensive, there are others of course but as i said they are expensive (roughly 20 to 30 thousand dollars a month). these are places where people really get the care they need, psych wards rarely don't offer such services. another point, stays in psych wards are either voluntary or not, meaning unless you want to be there you can walk out whenever you want or leave when the typically short term of commitment ends...

  16. ggg456

    ggg456 Guest

    Yes, that's what I did the last time I was there. "Do you hear voices" Me: (deadpan) "no, no, no, no, no (just let me out of here)." The doctor actually said that as I'm not agreeing with their 'treatment' (medication only) there was no point in me being there although I said I'd deterioate at home with anorexia. I felt like I was a waste of space although I was there for my safety which is what my social worker said I should be there for...blahblah. I hate the place, hopefully I'll never go back. I ended up discharging myself as I was going mad.
  17. faded echoes

    faded echoes Active Member

    I agree with what you're saying. Only the difference is that I'm in Canada and our healthcare (psych wards included) are all free. Perhaps thats why they had no problems holding me involuntarily for 3 months.
  18. CuriosityWasFramed

    CuriosityWasFramed Well-Known Member

    "Your not yourself today so im going to stick you in a ward for a month"

    Great fun, i bet they never want to see me again. :tongue: I walked out into town with a couple of others every chance i got, and there was a school, so still had to do work.

    Oh well atleast it was free, i cant imagine paying for healthcare.
  19. Insignificant

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    i shit you not. my last attempt (and it was obviously an attempt) i received no time that's right no time in the hospital at all. of course my parents didn't see fit to get me any help in any way either.
  20. rob389

    rob389 Member

    It's not the best place to be, but you get used to it, bored most times. Not much to do.
    Hope that helps
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