- I was hospitalized for 6 days (and the bill was almost $6,000- I’m so thankful for having had good insurance at the time).
- I was open to the available help for the most part and participated in all the group therapy sessions. Although I tend to always want to help others more than myself, it’s just in my nature and this was very evident during this time period.
- I saw the doctor for no more than 15 minutes each day (no joke) and endured some medication changes.
- Someone who is in need of a rapid mediation change. In order to do this they need to be in a place where a member of the medical staff remains on duty 24/7. Outside of the hospital medication changes are done much slower than in the hospital because there is no medical monitoring. (This was the main purpose served for me during my hospitalization; I needed a med change and fast)
- Someone that is suicidal should be in the hospital under close supervision to regain stability.
- Someone who is threatening to harm themselves or others as a result of their mental illness should be hospitalized to regain stability.
- Someone who is having delusions, paranoia, hallucinations etc. to the point that they are unable to function in their day to day life should seek hospitalization to regain functioning.
- In general, someone who is in a crisis of some sort that affects their day to day function and is related to their mental illness could possibly benefit from a psychiatric hospitalization. Every person and every case is different. My level of normal functioning is not the same as another person with Bipolar Disorder's level of normal functioning. It is definitely not cut and dry from person to person or situation to situation.