Re: Exploring Further Treatment
Everyone has this image in their head of what they think a "psych ward" is. There are varying levels of hospitals. Ones that focus on a five day program. You go in, they get you stabilized, attend some group classes and then you're discharged. Another type focuses on longer term care, usually between two weeks to a month. These have more intensive patient programs and therapy. And then, you have Bellevue. This is what everyone thinks of. Long term care (months to possibly years).
If you were to go in to the hospital, it would be voluntary. This means if you don't like it, you can request a discharge at any time. Unless you are homicidal or suicidal, judges will not approve a commitment. Plus, insurance companies will only pay for short term care. During this time period, you are in a controlled environment where the staff and doctors can help you find out what your triggers are, check your health and find out which medications might work for you. I think this is a good option, as I've gone in twice in the past. The second time was extremely helpful and haven't been back into the hospital since (6 years ago).
ECT one of many options that your doctor can use. From the reading I've done, they have gotten much better at performing the procedure that you can have treatment and then leave the hospital 3-4 hours later (if you have someone to take you home and be with you). The biggest side effect I've seen first hand is a bit of short term memory loss. This takes a little while to get over, which is why if you have outpatient you need someone to be with you.
Work with your doctor. You and your insurance pay them the big bucks, let him/her help you.
Last edited by bprapcyc; 04-13-2011 at 10:29 PM.