You can check yourself into an inpatient mental hospital if you are seriously considering suicide or are feeling entirely out of control. Inpatient mental hospitals treat people who are at danger of harming themselves or others for a short period of time (typically less than a week). People who need longer-term care or treatment from psychiatric professionals are usually treated in outpatient facilities.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults. It claims more lives each year than cancer or heart disease combined. Although most people who attempt suicide do not die, about 20% will go on to kill themselves later. Factors that increase your risk of dying by suicide include having a history of attempting suicide, experiencing depression, anxiety, or other psychological problems, engaging in risky behaviors such as drug use or driving while intoxicated, and living with someone who is also at risk.
The best way to prevent suicide is through awareness and education. Be aware of warning signs of suicide, including acts or comments that may indicate your loved one is at risk. Education about mental health issues and resources will help ensure that you take the necessary steps to protect those who may be in danger.
If you are concerned that someone you know might be thinking about suicide, call 911 immediately. Otherwise, you will need to find another way to get help.
If you have severe depressive symptoms, thoughts of killing yourself or others, or if your current medication isn't working, you should consider checking yourself into a hospital. Hospitalization is usually necessary to ensure that you don't harm yourself while your depression is in remission. The doctors can also start you on an alternative treatment plan during your stay.
Your doctor will conduct a mental health assessment to determine whether hospitalization is appropriate for you. He or she may ask questions such as:
- Have you thought about killing yourself? - Do you have a plan? - Are you afraid?
If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, then you should be hospitalized.
You should also be hospitalized if you engage in violent behavior and don't understand why you were not considered a threat to others. The doctors will want to make sure you are not going to hurt yourself or others while in their care.
In addition, the doctors will want to make sure that there is no other cause for your violent behavior. For example, if you were abused as a child and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), then you would be at risk for violence if not treated with antidepressants or other medications.
Hospitalization is normally reserved for people who are unable to care for themselves or who constitute a risk to themselves or others. Take action right away if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or talks about injuring himself or herself. You have two options: dial 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.
The ER at your local hospital is not the place to deal with psychological issues or mental problems. If you are hospitalized, your psychiatrist will determine what kind of treatment you need and how you can be helped by medication or other forms of therapy.
You should always talk with your doctor about medical issues, but not all doctors are the same. Some prefer that their patients only come in for appointments, while others feel that keeping up with health concerns on an as-needed basis is good medicine. What's best for one person may not be for another. In fact, some doctors even encourage their patients to "self-diagnose" and seek out alternative treatments if necessary. It's up to you what approach works best for you and your lifestyle, but it's important to remember that your doctor is there to help you.
If you're worried that you might be suffering from a mental illness, then it's important to get help. There are many different types of therapists available, and which one you choose depends largely on what type of problem you're having. If intrusive thoughts are causing you distress, then see if your doctor has any recommendations.
If you are receiving inpatient treatment at a mental institution of your own free will, you are a voluntary patient (also known as an informal patient). You should be able to comprehend why you are being admitted to the hospital and agree to treatment for your mental health condition. If you cannot make this decision yourself, it is suggested that someone who knows you well do so.
In most states, you have the right to refuse medical treatment if you are not incapacitated. In other words, you can decide what treatments you want or don't want, and no one can force you to accept them against your will. This also applies to any medications they may try to give you during your stay.
It is important to understand that anyone can admit you to a psychiatric facility. You do not have to be a mentally ill person to be placed therein. Criminals can be detained in these institutions until they are no longer a threat to themselves or others. Children can be taken from their homes and placed in facilities where they can receive care and support until they are old enough to live on their own.
The reason we see so many news stories about people committing suicide by hanging themselves in psychiatric wards is because such patients cannot make decisions regarding their own safety. They can think clearly but simply do not feel threatened enough to avoid taking their own lives.