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What is the inside of a child psychiatric hospital like?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Varies a lot

Most psychiatric hospitals for children try to be as "homey" as possible, with bedrooms and common areas.
Most do have "quiet rooms" where children who are behaviorally out of control can be isolated and kept from harming self or others. Many have playgrounds and recreatoinal areas. Staff usually dress in "street clothes" rather than hospital garb.

In brief: Varies a lot

Most psychiatric hospitals for children try to be as "homey" as possible, with bedrooms and common areas.
Most do have "quiet rooms" where children who are behaviorally out of control can be isolated and kept from harming self or others. Many have playgrounds and recreatoinal areas. Staff usually dress in "street clothes" rather than hospital garb.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
My son has had 5 psychiatric inpatient hospitalizations in No. Cal from 2006-2010. He stayed at 3 different facilities in 3 cities. All felt like a school dorm with double rooms, and isolation room for safety. Also a child has a routine much like home, including school, playtime as well as therapy, stricter schedules. Parents may visit but not stay overnight.Too few child psych hosptials IMHO
Dr. Glen Elliott
Thanks for sharing your personal experience. You are correct about too few facilities, especially in No Cal.

In brief: Teamwork-based care

Most child and adolescent psychiatry units that i've worked on are caring environments that employ a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, nursing aids, and teachers to address all aspects of a child's mental health.
Usually the days are spent in therapeutic groups and school, and a comprehensive aftercare plan is created prior to discharge.

In brief: Teamwork-based care

Most child and adolescent psychiatry units that i've worked on are caring environments that employ a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, nursing aids, and teachers to address all aspects of a child's mental health.
Usually the days are spent in therapeutic groups and school, and a comprehensive aftercare plan is created prior to discharge.
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
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