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My mother has evidentially had a psychotic break but seems to be getting better should she be in a psych ward?

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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

Your mother should get treatment, probably outside a hospital, to help her recover from the psychotic break.
If she is dangerous to herself or others, she may need hospitalization until she can be safe again.

In brief: Probably not

Your mother should get treatment, probably outside a hospital, to help her recover from the psychotic break.
If she is dangerous to herself or others, she may need hospitalization until she can be safe again.
Dr. Samuel Miles
Dr. Samuel Miles
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

You don't say whether your mother had a medical or psychiatric evaluation while in her "psychotic break"? If she hasn't, this is needed.
Need to rule out possible delirium causes. If she's working with a pcp & psychiatrist, isn't intending to harm herself/others, can care for basic needs, not doing bizarre behaviors, & family/others also keep in close contact, then outpatient care is ok.

In brief: Not necessarily

You don't say whether your mother had a medical or psychiatric evaluation while in her "psychotic break"? If she hasn't, this is needed.
Need to rule out possible delirium causes. If she's working with a pcp & psychiatrist, isn't intending to harm herself/others, can care for basic needs, not doing bizarre behaviors, & family/others also keep in close contact, then outpatient care is ok.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Psychotic

As long as she is under the care of a professional & is not talking about harming herself or others, or showing bizarre or erratic behaviors, or is unable to care for herself, then she should be fine with outpatient treatment.

In brief: Psychotic

As long as she is under the care of a professional & is not talking about harming herself or others, or showing bizarre or erratic behaviors, or is unable to care for herself, then she should be fine with outpatient treatment.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Vivek Prasad
Most likely, if she is not at direct harm to herself or others, she will not benefit from inpatient stay in the opinion of insurance coverers. There are other lower cost options such as day programming, or individual therapy sessions that she may benefit most from. Check with your insurer or local NAMI advocacy group.
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