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    meecy12 Posts: 133, Reputation: 2
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    Nov 4, 2007, 04:14 PM
    Mental hospitals.
    Is there any certain sources on the internet, with information about hospitals for depression recovery or mental health?

    What do you have to do, or what state do you have to be in to be admitted to a mental hospital?
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    Nov 4, 2007, 04:23 PM
    Usually larger hospitals in every state have a special wing or section for short-term (maybe up to 6-8 weeks) care of those who have mental problems (depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, OCD, etc.) and who maybe have messed up their med-taking. There are facilities for longer-term care and possibly permanent care, although the effort is to get the patient back into society with the proper meds and family care.

    Someone with an M.D. (usually a psychiatrist) has to have evaluated a person as a danger to himself or to others in order to get that person committed, or will work with a willing patient to find the best hospital situation for him.
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    Nov 4, 2007, 04:28 PM
    Here in the states you can go to your emergency room and see a doctor who will decide whether you need to be admitted to a "mental hospital," sheesh I hate that term. Mental Health Care Facility, there you go, that's better.

    Why do you ask?
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    Nov 4, 2007, 05:11 PM
    Mental Health Care Facility - much nicer tone than the old Insane Asylum. Thank heavens for advances in mental health care. Can be done outpatient, inpatient via a hospital or speciality clinic. Whatever you may need, please consult your doctor and if that doctor does not help you, ask for a referral to someone who will make sure you receive all that you need. The very best to you.
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    Nov 6, 2007, 02:56 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by meecy12
    Is there any certain sources on the internet, with information about hospitals for depression recovery or mental health?

    what do you have to do, or what state do you have to be in to be admitted to a mental hospital?
    Hi, I've actually went via Emergency because of an anxiety attack--yet I didn't know at the time. The deciding factor is: Do you pose a danger to yourself or others? It may sound kind of scary, but that officially was the only way they took me in. If you have problems going about daily activities (I'm sure you've heard of this), then perhaps you can consider. For me, I never stated I would hurt myself, but I did state that I didn't associate that with the usual feelings--that it almost became normal in my mind--and that sent off a red flag for them.

    They will most likely give you pills, and there is usually a minimum 6 day stay, where you meet with groups and individually with therapists. I'm sorry if it sounds glum, but feelings before the hospitalization start to recede after being discharged, or a few months afterwards. In my case, I started to take better care of myself.
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    Nov 7, 2007, 09:34 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by meecy12
    Is there any certain sources on the internet, with information about hospitals for depression recovery or mental health?

    what do you have to do, or what state do you have to be in to be admitted to a mental hospital?
    I am a mental health therapist and a crisis worker. To be hospitalized in a psychiatric ward one typically has to be suicidal or homocidal or unable to care for their basic needs. These are the requirements for involuntary hospitalization. Hospitals have been known to allow individual who are in acute distress even if they don't meet the previous criteria. Basically, the best way to decide if you need to be in a hospital is finding out if you are able to be safe without hospitalization. You are in the psychiatric ward until the psychiatrist feels that you are safe to be released. If involuntarily hospitalized, or voluntarily hospitalized, you have the option of signing a 5 day letter when you go in which means that the psychiatrist has to let you out in 5 days unless they can prove to a judge that you need to continue to be in the hospital. There are resources in the community that can be helpful. I am not sure of what you are experiencing but there is a depression and bipolar disorder support alliance in most communities. Additionally, if your family, friends, spouse is having problems dealing with your mental illness there is a group called NAMI which is most communities as well. A good place to find out more about whether you have an illness or if you need to go into the hospital is your local community mental health facility.
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    Sep 17, 2008, 02:09 PM
    I would like to add additional resources with your question about mental health recovery, since no one has covered that. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder ten years ago, and now I am a mental health advocate, a certified peer specialist, and I teach recovery education. I'm also a mom of (almost) 2, and have a great supportive husband. I'm not sure of specific web links, but if you go to Google, look up Mary Ellen Copeland. She was diagnosed years ago with schizophrenia, and was given a grim prognosis. She is now fully functional, and every time she comes out with a new video or book, she has letters added to her name (Ph. D. etc). She developed a program called WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan). I actually teach this plan in my area. If you Google mental health recovery, you will no doubt find some very helpful links. Unfortunetly, the "medical model" - most doctors and therapists will not tell you about people who recover and live fruitful, meaningful lives. But there are many resources out there, you just need to research. Good luck!

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