Hopefully, this article will help shed light on this tricky subject and help people to understand what can and cannot happen in a psychiatric hospital.
If you or a loved one are dealing with a mental illness, it is probably likely that you are familiar with hospitalization. But if you are just beginning this journey, you may have a misunderstanding of what to expect once you or your loved one enters the psychiatric hospital.
Mental illness is a chronic, life-long illness. It does not go away but only gets better for a while. Just like many chronic illnesses, treatment may include inpatient and outpatient services to manage the ongoing symptoms. Going into the psychiatric hospital is not going to "fix" the problem. The actual goal of inpatient hospitalization is to stabilize symptoms and keep the patient safe. Medications will be utilized to bring the patient back to a functional state so that outpatient services can step in and take up the care.
Why do you get put into a psychiatric hospital?
Most people end up in a facility when they exhibit symptoms that appear to create a danger to themselves or to others; or they show a decrease in their ability to care for themselves and have no support system.
Access to the facility can be voluntary or, in most cases, it may be involuntary. Maybe the police had to intervene to protect people from harm; maybe the family was afraid for the loved ones well-being. No matter the reason, if there is a danger to self or others an admission to a facility will probably take place.
What do you expect to happen when hospitalized?
Most people still believe the old way is true: you get sick and go into the hospital to get well. That used
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