It can be difficult to fathom just how many hospital visits occur on a daily basis because of a psychiatric disorder. Hospitals, for many people, are like a saving grace when symptoms are bothersome, frightening, and acute. Families are also grateful for hospitals when they admit their loved one. But for others, being admitted to a hospital can feel like one of the worst experiences within the healthcare system.
Some of the reasons include the following but are not limited to:. What are some of your personal experiences with psychiatric hospitals? Was it a positive or negative experience? Do you know someone who has tried to avoid being admitted to a hospital for the simple fact that psychiatric hospitals can be scary? As always, feel free to comment below as your input informs all of our learning here. Mental Health. Hill strives to help clients to realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community.
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She often described situations at her work with several of the patients. This checklist often ended in a very similar way. When asked who they otherwise lucid people were talking to, they would describe an individual who was already dead. When asked what they were talking about, they would say that their relative wanted to know if they were ready to move on. Lots of these folks believe that somebody — often the CIA — is either beaming thoughts into their heads, or has implanted a microchip in their brains for this purpose.
This guy was offering a very thoughtful argument as to why such claims should not be so quickly dismissed. There he was, confined and protected, constantly observed, his health and behavior documented, and there is zero chance that anyone would ever take his concerns seriously. How else would you test and improve such technology? Does the government not have a strong motivation and a plausible ability to create such a device? I know just how unbelievable it sounds, and yet, here I am.
Anyway, the mom was shaking and crying, and they had to take the kid into another room. She was genuinely afraid of her own son. She had suspected something was wrong when she kept finding mutilated animals in the backyard, but never heard or saw coyotes or anything around. The neighbors smaller pets started disappearing. The boy had an obsession with knives, hiding them around the house. Denying anything when the mom confronted him. Does the government not have a strong motivation and a plausible ability to create such a device?
I know just how unbelievable it sounds, and yet, here I am. My clients have dementia, and there's one who creeps me out a lot. During the day, she's the sweetest old lady, but at night she sleep-talks.
And it's not normal sleep-talking. Her eyes are open, and sometimes she's sitting up. Sometimes it's impossible to tell when she has gone from sleeping to being awake, until she turns to you and asks if you've seen the little girl that was just here, the one she was talking to.
She talks about people being there all the time, including a little boy that has died, and she wonders what we should do with the body. She mentions a little girl that sleeps with her, a man that orders her around, and her dead husband who is always looking for her. I heard her talking once, and she was being very loud, but as I reached the open doorway, she said "Shhh. They're all sleeping. Better not talk about it now.
Since the psych ward was out of rooms, I had to spend my last couple of days sleeping in the corridor. First, one of the patients from the so-called "screened" part of the ward barged into the corridor, grabbed one of the other corridor-patients, and began jabbering on about her parrot.
She was taken back to her room, after the nurses finished their coffee. Then the screaming started. In the room next to me, an elderly psychotic lady started, at first, talking to her dead daughter. Sometimes comforting her, telling her how much she loved her, and so on. After a while, though, she got angry and started blaming her dead daughter for everything, from burning the porridge to killing her. A lot of it was incoherent crying or babbling. But even when individuals are held longer, the treatment for all patients is psychiatric medication.
There may be group sessions run by inexperienced graduate students, such as exercise class, music, and arts and crafts, labeled as therapy. However, there often is no individual therapy available. Individuals who attempted suicide and are feeling distraught are told to take meds, feel remorse, and be compliant, which sounds a bit like a parole board.
How effective is the crisis treatment offered? The rate of recidivism is higher where there is low access to therapists , although still lower than for prisons. The highest rate is during the first few days after discharge Crawford Although after care programs are often insufficient, suicide attempts soon after discharge do not indicate a successful crisis stabilization, which is the primary justification for involuntary commitment.
Hospital psychiatrists often attribute suicide attempts and revolving door issues to the short stays on wards, but these problems are found where longer stays are mandated as well. As one hospital psychiatrist wrote, it is much harder to develop a trusting relationship with a patient when the doctor is also the jailer . It is disturbing that locked psychiatric wards do not appear to be doing much better than prisons for the mentally ill.
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Well done, Your really brave, and remember that ;0 Like Like. Wishing you well. Ben Like Like. I hope that you have some help and support with your mental health. Thank you so much for your kind feedback. Claire Like Like. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public.
Name required.Sep 25, · 2. He said he talked to the voices inside his head because they were his only friends. “When I was doing psych clerkship as a med student, there was a schizophrenic patient with the usual signs: auditory hallucinations, disheveled appearance, no expression on his face. He admitted to voices talking to him.