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NeverEndingPain

NeverEndingPain

So tired of struggling
May 8, 2022
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Does anyone know what levels of care are at an impatient psych ward?
Like is there anything for someone who needs more 1-1 care who is basically not able to take care of themselves?
 
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symphony

surving hour-by-hour
Mar 12, 2022
730
The specifics will depend on the facilities. Any facility will prioritizing keeping their patients safe and meeting patients' basic needs. Your entire day is structured for you including meals, meds, etc. Most hospitals have separate units for high functioning patients and acute patients who need more active care. Sometimes patients will be put on "one-to-one" which basically means they have to have a staff member with them 24/7. That's usually for patients who really can't stay safe on their own. In any case, it's all pretty intensive treatment. It creates an environment where all there is to focus on is trying to get well, and it can be a place to get more stabilized before going home, or get help with meds, etc.
 
NeverEndingPain

NeverEndingPain

So tired of struggling
May 8, 2022
248
The specifics will depend on the facilities. Any facility will prioritizing keeping their patients safe and meeting patients' basic needs. Your entire day is structured for you including meals, meds, etc. Most hospitals have separate units for high functioning patients and acute patients who need more active care. Sometimes patients will be put on "one-to-one" which basically means they have to have a staff member with them 24/7. That's usually for patients who really can't stay safe on their own. In any case, it's all pretty intensive treatment. It creates an environment where all there is to focus on is trying to get well, and it can be a place to get more stabilized before going home, or get help with meds, etc.
What about someone who’s psychical health is deteriorating due to not eating and taking care of themselves? Would that be treated in a regular hospital first? I need help and I’m scared. I haven’t left my house or even been outside in over 1 year. I can barely stand up to shower. I get weak and dizzy. I don’t even know how to get dressed anymore as I just stay in a nightshirt. Im so scared. I’ve just been able to do the bare minimum to keep alive. I don’t sleep well and have constant anxiety attacks day and night.
How would I even get help when I can’t leave my home? Would I have to call for someone to get me? I’ve let myself get so bad that I’m too embarrassed for anyone to even see me 😭
 
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Regen

Student
Aug 20, 2020
162
I think in the worst case it is okay to call the emergency! This will cause psych ward I think. This is really not the best place, I know. But I hope there is the possibility to help you. But maybe someone have better ideas! Maybe call the helpline and ask what to do. Depression and anxiety are very painful and dangerous, I feel sorry for you friend.
 
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bdtbath

Member
Nov 16, 2022
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I've been thinking about going voluntarily myself also. I figure if you haven't tried it yet, or if you at least go voluntarily you could get treated better. Worst case scenario, you could call 911 and ask to be taken to the ER; you could get help there. I know this is an extremely shitty time for both of us, but I figure we should exhaust all resources before catching the bus. Sending love.
 
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jodes2

I'm pro CHOICE. Don't start on me. PLEASE
Aug 28, 2022
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Does anyone know what levels of care are at an impatient psych ward?
Like is there anything for someone who needs more 1-1 care who is basically not able to take care of themselves?
I was at a ward where 2 people needed a lot of 1-1 care, they seemed to get it a lot of the time
 
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NeverEndingPain

NeverEndingPain

So tired of struggling
May 8, 2022
248
I've been thinking about going voluntarily myself also. I figure if you haven't tried it yet, or if you at least go voluntarily you could get treated better. Worst case scenario, you could call 911 and ask to be taken to the ER; you could get help there. I know this is an extremely shitty time for both of us, but I figure we should exhaust all resources before catching the bus. Sending love.
What if you have no one to bring you the things you need like clothes and hygiene things? I have no one if I go to hospital to bring things for me
 
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noaccount

Enlightened
Oct 26, 2019
1,032
If you're looking for help at home - first of all do you get disability income?
If not you might try calling a Center For Independent Living near you to help with applying. I am sorry it is such a long shitty proccess.

If you need accute care could you go to the ER for the weakness and dizziness and not say anything about your mental state? Like don't say that you're suicidal, and IDK seem 'happy' ( :meh: ) enough that they have no reason to involve psychiatry?
When people get transferred over from the regular hospital to a psych unit the level of care for actual physical medical problems is often very, very poor. It's much better to avoid psychiatry if you want a hospital to treat you for whatever is causing the weakness and dizziness. (I'd emphasize that it's stopping me from walking outside, showering, or even preparing meals in my own home - maybe I wouldn't tell them it's been going on quite so long - or at least I'd emphasize that it's gotten worse recently.)
 
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Regen

Student
Aug 20, 2020
162
What if you have no one to bring you the things you need like clothes and hygiene things? I have no one if I go to hospital to bring things for me
I dont know how it is in your country, but I think its the same. There is a social help and you can get things from the hospital. But this is not your own stuff, so maybe its better you try to do some things in a bag and you get it with you. But If you cant do this, you will get help in hospital! You are not alone, there are other people like you and so they have some stuff in hospital. If the first person in hospital is not friendly ask another. Go to hospital, it is okay calling the emergency, you tried it alone for so long. You are allowed to get help.
 
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Wannagonow

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Nov 16, 2022
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The specifics will depend on the facilities. Any facility will prioritizing keeping their patients safe and meeting patients' basic needs. Your entire day is structured for you including meals, meds, etc. Most hospitals have separate units for high functioning patients and acute patients who need more active care. Sometimes patients will be put on "one-to-one" which basically means they have to have a staff member with them 24/7. That's usually for patients who really can't stay safe on their own. In any case, it's all pretty intensive treatment. It creates an environment where all there is to focus on is trying to get well, and it can be a place to get more stabilized before going home, or get help with meds, etc.
Great explanation. Very realistic picture of at least what I've seen in my own experiences.
 
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noaccount

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Oct 26, 2019
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Note that their idea of "SAFE" is often much different than one's own and somehow all manners of assault and torture that psych staff put people through are still considered "safe" whereas anything an inmate does to defend themselves is what they call "dangerous escalation" - and "focusing on getting well" often just means that you have to pretend to agree with them and pretend that they have 'helped' you in order to get them to let you out and not put you in any more danger.