Psychiatric hospitals

@Porcospino (17799)
Denmark
February 19, 2013 12:04pm CST
Yesterday I talked to my psychiatrist and he wanted me to spend time in a psychiatric hospital because of the depression that I experience at the moment. I started taking a new kind of antidepressant a week ago (Noritren) and it doesn't work immediately, it might take a couple of weeks before I can feel the effect and in the meantime he wanted me to spend some time at a psychiatric hospital. I arrived yesterday and I spent the night there. Today I talked to the doctor again and I asked him if it would be okay if I spend most of the day at the hospital (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and sleep at home and he accepted my suggestion. I will still spend a lot of time at the hospital and I will talk to the therapists during the time that I spend there. Have you ever been admitted to a psychiatric hospital? Did it help you? What kind of treatments did they offer? (medicine, individual therapy, group therapy etc)
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@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
20 Feb 13
Yes, I have been in psychiatric hospitals but for different reasons. I was there as a nursing student to study psychiatric patients. In that hospital they have the same kind of treatments, like medicine and therapies like you mentioned. They also have exercises and other activities. I am wondering what made you depressed. Sorry to ask.
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@Porcospino (17799)
• Denmark
23 Feb 13
I have thought quite a lot about that (what made me depressed) because there is no obvious reason except from the change in climate that I experienced when I returned from Asia. In Asia there was a tropical climate and when I returned to my own country the weather was very cold and dark. I think that has contributed to my depression, but it is probably not the only reason. I have had periodic depressions since 1998 and I have long periods where I am not depressed, but every once in a while the depressions return and this seem to be one of those periods, but fortunately things are getting better. I am still at the hospital, but I hope that I don't have to stay there for a long time.
@Aja103654 (5658)
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Maybe it's stress that caused you to be depressed brought about by sudden exposure to different climates. I also think that the stress affected the neurological chemicals in the brain. Only the psychiatrists and psychologist know. I have little knowledge about psychiatry, sorry.
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@Jargoness (1193)
• Israel
19 Feb 13
I find it a little exaggerated to send people with depression to psychiatric hospitals, unless you are in danger of hurting yourself or other people. Antidepressant need a while to work and, sometimes, they are not the proper treatment and need to be changed. Psychotherapy also helps a lot along with them. So does hypnotherapy. Have you ever tried them, before going to the hospital?
@Porcospino (17799)
• Denmark
19 Feb 13
I have never tried hypnotherapy, but I have thought about it. It think that it could be worth a try, but I am not able to afford it at the moment. I usually talk to a therapist once a month, she is on vacation at the moment and my psychiatrist thought that it would be good for me to spend some time at the hospital now that I am not able to talk to usual therapist. Fortunately I am able to sleep at home and spend the day at the hospital, I prefer than option and I think it better than living at the hospital all time.
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@Jargoness (1193)
• Israel
19 Feb 13
Yes, I have to admit that hypnotherapy can be expensive, but there are some therapists who actually make very good prices. Aren't there associations who do therapies for free, maybe for groups of people?
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• Philippines
20 Feb 13
No never but I have friends of the same as you are. Please be advised the best doctor to yourself is you. The most important is you know who you are and where you stand. Look for a place where you can have somebody to talk together and job to perform every minute of your life. Don't let somebody knew that you had been on that hospital for people won't dare to speak much longer to you. Keep your mind straight by creating a dream to accomplish and make you busy every seconds you can have. Spend your life on parties to attain call your friends and neighbors to talk to them matters about the way of life but never your life.
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@Porcospino (17799)
• Denmark
23 Feb 13
Thank you for your advice. One of the great things about Mylot is the chance to get opinions, idea and advice from other people and the chance to see things from a different perspective. I like the thing you wrote about having a dream to accomplish. When I was very depressed I wasn't able to think about dreams at all and I didn't have the energy to do something active, but now that I feel better I am able to focus on those things again. Unfortunately I think that is true that some people have prejudice about psychiatric hospitals, and sometimes people don't speak to you when they hear that you have been to that kind of hospital, I have experienced that myself.
• India
20 Feb 13
I did not experience that as I try to come over of my depression alone. that much is in my possibility I try to avoid medicines and I try to use my own power for my problems. ther are many people who suffer from depression. I think it is good to write 3 pages on paper every morning when you open your eyes first thing to do just to write on papers and fill up 3 pages about whatever comes to your mind. do not think what to write just let whatever is there to come out. let your hand to move even if you do not know what to write, draw something or just write I do not know what to write. do it every morning. after writing even do not read them do not care how you write them. this is a simple practice but too effective as I have done it before. by time you will see changes on your emotions and mind. by the way you can spend sometimes in the nature, or just sitting with your plant and touching it. you can see fishes in the water. around us are so many thing to make uss fresh. it is only you that you can solve and find better situation. make a list of what do you wish what do you want and stop thinking about things you do not want.
@Porcospino (17799)
• Denmark
21 Feb 13
I think is a good idea to avoid medicine if you can because every type of medicine has side effects. I take several types of antidepressants at the moment, but I hope to cut back on them in the future, I don't like to take so much medicine. Thanks for sharing your own experience with alternative strategies. Tomorrow morning I will try to do the same thing as you and write 3 pages like you described. At the moment I spend my days at the psychiatric hospital, but I sleep at home, so I would be able to try this strategy in the morning when I wake up. I also like the thing that you wrote about spending time in nature. I live on a island and there are many nice places on my island and on the neighbour island.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
19 Feb 13
I have experienced severe depression on some occasions that lasted too long but I have never been admitted to a hospital. I had tranquilisers for a few weeks and that seemed to have done the trick. I am sorry that you are going through this but the fact that you are communicating with us on Mylot must show that just perhaps your depression is not so bad as you thought. I wish you well and do hope that you will be better soon.
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@Porcospino (17799)
• Denmark
20 Feb 13
Thank you My depressions go up and down. In the some periods I am able to write on Mylot and I am able to concentrate on writing and I have the energy to write. In other periods I can't write a single comment, but fortunately I think that the things are getting better, and I feel a kind of improvement compared to the last couple of days. I hope that it means that my depression has started to disappear. I don't know how long I am going to stay at the hospital, I hope that I will be able to return to my home and my job soon instead of spending my days at the hospital like I do at the moment.
• United States
19 Feb 13
here you need to be admitted to the hospital and you can't come out for up to 7 days. they will let you go after your stable on your medications.
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@Porcospino (17799)
• Denmark
19 Feb 13
In my country we can't leave the hospital on the first day or the second day, but after that it is possible to spend time outside the hospital. It also depends on your situation. If you live alone they are less likely to let you leave the hospital in the beginning. I am married, and they know that my husband and I will be together when I am away from the hospital, so they chose to give me permission to sleep at home. I am quite happy about this solution. I still need to talk to the therapists at the hospital, but it is nice that I am allowed to sleep at home.