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How Do You Commit Someone To A Mental Hospital
If someone is a danger to themself can you get them committed to a drug rehab center against their will? I know you can do this with a mental ward
No: Not at a drug or alcohol treatment facility. They will not take dangerous individuals there. Psychiatric wards will and do admit those that are dangerous to themselves or others involuntarily, but it also a complicated procedure. I would call your local hospital about their policies and practices before rushing to a decision. ...Read more
Call 911: If your friend confides that they are feeling suicidal, call 911, even if they don't want you to. This is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention. That is the best way to help them. Go with them to the emergency room and remain supportive. Talk to the professionals there to get a more comprehensive explanation of how you can help. Call 911 or go the emergency room immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Family intervention: Can include clergy or other respected authority. Can be impossible. ...Read more
Many kinds: There are many different types of psychotherapy on the other hand, such as psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and gestalt, just to name a few. If you were seeking psychotherapy, I would suggest reading up on all of these types of psychotherapy, and choose which one sounds the best for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: The difference between the nursing home and residential care is based on the level of functioning. In the residential setting, this person able to feed, to toilet, to transfer, to ambulate, to void and to defecate independently. Also good behavioral control is important. If the person develops major changes in functional and behavioral status, the nursing home placement is the best way to go. ...Read more
Medical boards: State medical boards, national certifying/accrediting bodies, local hospitals and medical staffs define "good doctor" in the professional sense. They look at data based on knowledge skills and attitude. Patients define "good doctor" in a separate, individual but no less important sense. What does good doctor mean to you? ...Read more
Danger 2 self/others: It usually is a situation where someone is a danger to themselves or others or can't take care of themselves because of a mental illness. ...Read more
Mental health: if asked "why commit myself? Should I commit myself?, " how do you explain why commitment to mental health services is important?
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Honesty and caring.: Mental disorders are difficult to treat in the best of circumstances. Part of the problem is the person may not believe that they have a problem. Give honest feedback about their behavior, mood, thinking; that they do/do not seem like their usual self. Speak honestly, offer to listen if they want to talk about medications or their frustrations. Remember, medications are tools for a better life. ...Read more
Get on with life: I will give you my word that if you resolve to focus on the good in your life rather than even the worst evil in your past, you'll be happier. Intrusive memories can be managed with guidance. No, you won't forget, or get revenge or whatever else you may feel you're owed. If you grew up in a dysfunctional environment, you can learn new skills. You can do it. It'll make you strong. Courage. ...Read more
Severity: If a person is so depressed, he or she becomes suicidal, or so depressed that he or she is not eating or caring for themselves, or so depressed that they become psychotic and lose touch with reality- then inpatient psychiatric hospitilization is indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When less won't do: The law and medical ethics say that care should be provided in the "least restrictive environment" possible. Since psychiatric wards are fairly restrictive, they should be used only when office visits or day treatment programs won't do. Usual reasons: suicide or violence risk; severe psychosis, mania, or depression that prevents functioning outside the hospital; need for careful med adjustment. ...Read more
Not necessarily: It all depends on your history (prior attempts), the severity of your depression, and whether or not you have a plan and/or the means to carry out these thoughts. Other factors, such as hallucinations, substance abuse, and family history would be considered. This is a very difficult call, and simply reporting suicidal thoughts does not always require hospitalization. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
That depends: If the person is not functioning, has lost touch with reality or has potential to harm self or others then inpatient treatment is a possible option. However, most people get help for anger issues through outpatient behavioral health care. Consider seeing a psychiatrist or a psychologist for evaluation and treatment help. ...Read more
Is it lawful for someone to work in childcare after voluntarily admission to a mental hospital for stress disorder?
Various ways: You could call the hospital and ask for assistance. Or, you could discuss this with your regular doctor to get a referral to a mental health professional who could further assist you. If you need mental health assistance or treatment please don't stop until you get the help you need. ...Read more
When in danger: When someone is behaving in a manner that endangers themselves or others they are admitted to an inpatient facility that can help. This often includes suicidal or homicidal threats or behaviors. ...Read more
Voluntary or otherwi: You can check in voluntarily or a family member can check you in. Sometimes order of the court is needed for commitment. ...Read more
Sometimes: If someone is so psychiatrically ill that he or she is a danger to self (highly suicidal) or others (threatening or intending harm) or gravely disabled (unable to provide for basic needs), then there are laws that allow doctors and police to put someone into a psychiatric hospital for up to 72 hours for evaluatoin. That can be extended with court review, if needed. Pt's can appeal. ...Read more
Possibly: The provider will assess to see if admission criteria are met. Possible reasons for admission include: suicidal or homicidal thoughts, inability to function (daily life activities), loss of touch with reality or sometimes - failure of outpatient treatment. ...Read more
No way to know: Without knowing what your concerns are, it is impossible to answer your qauestion. If one "checks in" voluntarily, usually one can "check out" voluntarily too. The exception would be if you describe serious suicidal intent or a plan to harm other people, which would compel you caregivers to seek enforced hospitalization. ...Read more
Dangerousness: Each state in the us has laws specifying when someone can be "involuntarily committed." in the 1960s and 70s the states all adopted variations on a dangerousness standard, ie., suicidal or homicidal, plus in some states "grave disability", i.E, . Inability to provide food/clothing/shelter for oneself. Depending on the state, there is usually a review by a judge after a few days. ...Read more
If you put your child into a mental hospital can you take him out at any time, or he has to stay a minimum stay?
Depends:: If the child poses danger to himself or others, you may not have the option to take him out until the danger is past. ...Read more
Is it possible that you could be sent to a long term mental hospital permanently? What would need to happen for this?
It's possible: Over the past 30 yrs or so, there has been a push for deinstitutionalization of the chronically mentally ill in the U.S. Nowadays, If someone is sent to a psychiatric facility long term, it is most likely b/c the persons were involved in repeated, serious attempts to injure themselves or others. Forensic psychiatric hospitals evaluate and treat mentally ill offenders who have committed crimes. ...Read more
Yes, recommended: It is not always the severity of the injury that determines necessity of care. If you still have thoughts or hear voices to harm yourself, then you need to get that under control for your safety. Superficial cuts in the wrong places can harm you more than a deep cut elsewhere. ...Read more
Ask unit staff: Don't expect them to change, but you may get a good explanation if you raise it respectfully w/ unit staff. Generally, they want to create a controlled secure environment w/out any external impacts. Only then can they see YOU and not deal w/ unknowns. Contact w/ outside stuff confuses matters. Try to use even the 'sucky' parts to learn what you need to in order to avoid relapse. Watch and learn. ...Read more
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