I have been depressed for months starting in October. My feelings are that I am bi-polar 2. After trying lithium at first and then Wellbutrin added on because my depression persists. Her recommendation is that I go in-patient to evaluate my medications and possibly switch medicines faster than the once a month. What should I expect?
Provided your with a good bunch of folks, you can expect an accurate diagnosis and medication recommendation, enough time allowed to gradually get off what you're on (if that's the plan) giving you a fresh shot a a new medication (allowing a minimum of 2-3 weeks for that new med (if any) to settle in.
Also at least one (hopefully more) non-medication solution approach. Since these meds subdue/mask the core person, ultimately adopting methodologies that do not involved meds will not only yield a positive, long-term solution, but if meds are still needed, they will be minimal and work much better. Rather than the meds being the solution (in the long run a bit of a dead end and a strain on the body), they'll be helping to non-medication solutions, making them much more effective and lee damaging to the body.
I had my first inpatient a short time back. I would always do day hospital. Inpatient you stay there overnight your things are restricted and you are only allowed certain things with you. You are assigned a nurse and Dr. And usually your meds are changed and then you have to attend some self awareness type classes the rest of the day. They keep you busy through the day. Once they see improvement and know your not a harm to yourself or others you can leave.
I'm from Canada, and have been inpatient, quite a few times, ranging from 4mths to a week. Of course the 4mths was due to my pdoc, not being able to get me on the right cocktail (med resistance), therefore, I needed to stay for the duration, that I did.
I got the best of care from care from my nurses, and seen my pdoc on a daily basis.
They do take certain things away from you, that could be of harm to yourself or to others. That being said, when you needed what they took away from you, ie razor, belt, spray etc. we were able to get them. We had a patient phone, which we could use anytime of the day. We had two showers, a TV and VCR, well taken care of. Some of us even got passes, to leave the premises, just for a hr to a day or to a time at home, if we were feeling safe, no harm to ourselves or others.
So my experience, was at its best.
Depending on the facility, going in-patient can be a positive expereince especially if you are experiencing suicidal ideation. You will have to give up some of your freedoms, but it would give you the opportunity to work on your issues including medication. You haven't tried much yet, but be patient, work closely with your doctors and counselors and you can expect a good outcome.
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