Psychiatric Hospitals~How Patients Are Treated!
So, I came home from watching the fireworks tonight, which by the way were great :0) and I thought as I was packing my pills for the week (I have bipolar for 19 years now), I remembered a hospital stay where the nurse/worker on the way out said to me, "You won't need to come back if you take your meds..........."
Let me tell you: after 19 years.....and being a person with alot of attention to detail ....I've never made a mistake nor not taken my meds...EVER! (except a few times but rarely.) What a "jerk" !!! (Telling me if I took my pills..yeah right!) So here I'm going to tell you what hospitals are like and maybe it will help improve things? And for those of you, who are afraid of hospitals...who need to go...don't be...it's important to help YOU and these are just some minor things...as long as you're a good patient you don't need to worry.
My first stay 19 years ago, I felt paranoid and stressed going in and it was sorta foggy but I was transferred to a kid hopsital I think it was, and I liked it cause they gave us lots of ice cream and we had a dance contest and I had a nice roommate, a girl who I don't remember her name, and we had nice talks. This first stay was when I was put on meds for the first time. You can't really avoid the hospital to get put on meds because they need to monitor you to make sure they give you the right kind and the right dose. (Today is July 3, 2011 and I want to note that recently Catherine Zeta Jones went into the hospital for 5 days.....it happens to all races, all types of people, bipolar is brought on by extreme stress...Millions of Americans have bipolar.)
Okay, next time was 5 years later and a 5 day stay. Not bad.
3rd time was a year ago, I wanted readjustment with some meds and it didn't even happen.
Fourth time was the worst. 3 1/2 weeks (because they promised me housing which did NOT happen). It was a SMALL all woman's unit. I had a roommate who stunk to high heaven...but at least she was nice...This was the place where the nurse on the way out said "If you took your meds.." blah. This place was annoying because they wouldn't let you hold like anything in your room, not shampoo, not a brush, and you had to ask everytime you even wanted to write with a pen.
Being on a small unit, for 3 1/2 weeks is not what I call fun. We had smoke breaks and after 2 weeks I gave in and starting smoking out of pure boredom. I like my doctor, he seemed adequate, and some of the staff were nice but never the night staff they just find it annoying if you wake up for whatever reason. I guess most of the day staff, mainly women were nice, I guess, and the groups they had were good.
I remember reading to an old lady who had no glasses and it made me feel good to help her. One lady was there for shock treatments. Other people had anger issues, med issues, or other things like self harm.
But the worst part was having to ask all the time for anything and everything. Many other hospitals let you keep toothpaste, toothbrush, a comb, deoderant, soap etc. As you know, I write alot, so I had to ask for pens...By the time I left I had filled an entire black composition notebook and started on a new one.
The last few days sucked and I knew they weren't going to actually get me the housing I wanted (which is nothing new, they pretend you things in alot of these places) so I signed myself out to make sure I was leaving. Signing yourself out means they have to let you leave in 3 business days unless a court orders you to stay for good reason (rare). Well I was planned for discharge that day anyways (I just wanted to be sure) and my (supposedly nice) doctor said so in an unfriendly way, "Well you were leaving anyways."
As I was actually being discharged........all of a sudden the "nice" nurses/workers were in a huge hurry and totally business like, like hurry up, grab this, get your meds, let's sign you out, sign here, hurry, hurry, and they forgot something as USUAL, that was to refer me to a day treatment and they called me on my way home and wanted me to come back, yeah right, not going back there. Then they just left me in the reception area, (I had barely time to grab my things)..until my ride came.
Why would someone willingly go to a (psych) hospital?
The main reason is the willingness to get help for themselves. Another reason to keep themselves safe, if they are feeling suicidal or not well. Periodically people with mental illness need a change in their meds, or like I mentioned above, a man's son committed suicide and he was devastated and felt unsafe himself, there are lots of reasons and it's damn smart too because "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."
This hub by lambservant is a very accurate and detailed account of what a hospital stay would be like. Please click here.