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How do you know when you’re depressed enough to be committed to a psychiatric hospital?
I’m in therapy and on anti-depressants, but I’m beginning to be convinced that what I’m doing isn’t working and I’m getting more depressed every day.
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Anonymous changed the tags on this post: they were "Psychiatry, Hospital, Psychiatric hospital, therapy, Depressant, Every Day, commitment, depression, Anti, working" 5 years, 8 months ago.
A psychiatric ward should be your last resort. You should go to the hospital if you are seriously contemplating suicide, if you feel like you are endangering yourself or others, or if you have no access to help.
If you’re in therapy and taking medication, but still feel worse, chances are you just need to try something new. If you can, wait until your next appointment and explain that you aren’t responding to treatment. Your counselor or doctor can then figure out a new approach.
Just like physical ailments, the hospital is really for emergencies, but you are the best judge of how serious your depression is getting. I’d say to stick it out until your next session unless you feel that you are a danger to yourself or others.
If you are asking you are headed in the right direction. Unlike most hollywood productions, hospitals aren’t out rounding people up, putting them in lock down and leaving them there. The very best thing you can do is just talk to someone - your community may have a help line (211 in most areas), you can look in the yellow pages and call a community mental health center, and if you still feel like you need to talk you can go to the hospital. They are professionals they can help, they can diagnose a problem if there is one, and tell you how to feel better even if there’s not. Bottom line - you need to talk to someone who is a professional counselor and you need to do it today.
Hope this helps, good luck!
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How do you know when you’re depressed enough to be committed to a psychiatric hospital? I’m in therapy and on anti-depressants, but I’m beginning to be convinced that what I’m doing isn’t working and I’m getting more depressed every day.
I’m waiting for my doctor (the one who prescribed the anti-depressant Cymbalta to me). Besides the Cymbalta, I’m taking Xanax for my really bad days. Scarying thing is even that’s not helping me anymore.
I have slit my wrists, and went to my therapist on the same day (which was yesterday). I have another appointment in 2 days. She did see my wrists. I want to do it again so badly, but promised her that I wouldn’t cut my wrists for these few days.
I’m dealing with some very serious stuff in my life now (a husband, soon to be ex who is in jail. He may be going to prison for life). Just so you know, I’m in my lower 40’s.
An Unknown Location | 5 years, 8 months ago (4 hours, 8 minutes after post)
My biggest problem is I don’t see myself being happy again. I don’t mean to sound so meladromatic, but I really do feel that way.
Babe, if you want to voluntary commit yourself, you always can. The big is large for this yet there may be public programs. It’s a tough environment in some of these places and many do NOT get individual attention as often as needed. Sometimes you just sit there and rot, and not really have the skills and resources provided in order to solve your problems. Take it from someone who knows.
An Unknown Location | 5 years, 8 months ago (17 hours, 5 minutes after post)
Thanks for your insight into this! I’m feeling better today. I’m hoping I can get my doctor to up my antidepressant dosage, and I see my therapist tomorrow. I’d rather not go into a psych ward, because I stand too much to lose during the time I’d be away.
Ok, but be careful for rapid cycling based on misdiagnosis due to an oversight on the dr.’s part regarding bipolar misdiagnosis. If you run this by the dr., they will most likely understand what I am trying to get across, it’s well-known about; there are a great deal of articles about this.
An Unknown Location | 5 years, 8 months ago (21 hours, 18 minutes after post)
It’s interesting that you bring up about bipolar diagnosis. My son is bipolar, which he got from his dad.
I know I wouldn’t be like this if I was going through a normal life crisis (e.g. divorce, job loss). Believe me, I’m going through something much more extreme that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
its hard for people to understand what your going threw..im just a teenager and my dad works alot and my mom lives in california. its seems they dont understand and it seems harder and harder to go threw the days
I know when I am ready for psychiatric hospitalization when I feel as if I am a danger to myself or others. Although even when I am a danger to myself I try to pull myself through because I know I am stronger than that. I may need to hear that I am strong from someone else but once I do I am able to pull myself out of it. But if I feel I am a danger to others I definitely seek out hospitalization.
I’m feeling miserable today. My boyfriend said something to me earlier in a really heated argument that I know he meant. We both had choice words but he said something that I knew was real and true because I saw in his eyes that it was heartfelt. You know how sometimes people can say things in anger they don’t really mean? Well, he said “you ruined me.” It shattered my insides. I felt my heart crumble up like burnt toast because I know I am not the easiest person to get along with, but he is my angel and I love him as my best friend, confidante, and soul mate. It kills me to think my sadness has overwhelmed and affected him so negatively because I have trouble handling it all on my own and he bears a lot of the brunt. I have told him in the past that, when he is upset with me, his words can really crush me… no one affects me as much. I’ve had trouble with grief and depression from losing close family and friends, plus a recent job loss after being at the same organization for about four years, but I’m not on any psych medication. I haven’t yet taken the leap to talking to my doctor because I feel ashamed and like a failure to have not been able to get a grip on my moods and emotions at 30 years old. I’m just writing this because I realize I have trouble coping with heavy emotional distress and it feels right to get the thoughts out of my head and into words in front of me… maybe this will help me deal with them better. I know these thoughts of hopelessness are temporary, but they come in waves - big, overwhelming ones- and I always seem unprepared and reactionary to the people for whom I care most about. It’s like I am drowning my life preservers, taking them down with me.
I’ve read the posts here and wish there were some way to hug you all and reach out to you to tell you that, no matter how mentally unstable you are, there are really amazing points in your life that you cannot miss out on and days when you will even forget how full of despair you were at one time because you will come to realize how much you can offer others in terms of love, acceptance, knowledge, and guidance. As much as you want to run from others, they need you as much as you need them. Try to make it your number one priority to recognize and practice doing the things that bring you joy and sow those seeds for others. I’m not religious, but you who are suffering - you are in my heart and I wish happiness, health, and fulfillment to you.
I am searching for help! I just don’t know what kind of help I need……..right now I feel like tommorow does not matter! I am 30some and I think I have tried it all I just can’t seem to get out of this depression but it is sort of comfoting that I am not alone.it still does not change a thing
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