(Closed) UPDATE: Has anyone been in a psych hospital?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I haven’t, but I just wanted to say that it is great that you are recognizing and trying to deal with your issues. As far as your son goes, in the long run he will be far less upset about you spending some time away from him now than he would be about you not getting better and continuing to struggle for years on end. It sounds like the hospital you went to wasn’t really that helpful on the therapy side. Perhaps you could ask your regular doctor for a recommendation for a treatment facility that is more structured and integrates therapy with meds rather than just babysitting you until they get your meds right? I wish you a lot of luck!!  Just try to keep in mind that things CAN get better and your son needs you to be well.

Post # 4
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I hope that you can find a better place to go that will help you deal with your issues.  I think your husband should go to some sessions with you as well, so he learns that you are never going to be “fixed” and that he needs to help you get through this as a team.

Post # 5
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Lots of love to you, OP. I’m sorry that you’re going through this. Mental health in this country is a joke. I really hope that you find a facility that works for you. <3

Post # 6
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think it is HUGE that you are recognizing your issues and admitting you need help.  That is often one of the biggest hurdles in a successful recovery.  Have you considered an eating disorder specific treatment facility?  I spent time in a few-  the first of which was a psychiatric hospital with an ED wing (awful place…sounds much like you described…did more bad than good).  The others I went to were specific to ED and they were so incredibly different than my first experience at the psychiatric hospital (they really weren’t psychiatric hospitals at all).  They were so helpful and totally changed my life-I fully credit them with saving my life (well, them + a LOT of work). 

ED and depression go hand-in-hand.  It’s one of those chicken-or-egg things…  until you are nourishing your body properly it will be really hard to come out of the depression (IMO).  And the depression obviously feeds into the ED.  You may also find that you respond better to meds once you are eating more regularly.

It sounds like you have a good relationship with your primary care doctor.  I would ask them for ED treatment recommendations, and (if you have any options) shy away from non-specific treatment facilities.

sorry this is so long….my heart goes out to you.  

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