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I'm just wondering, if you are not diagnosed with a mental disorder, can you not enter a mental health hospital?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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In brief: Observation

There's usually at least a working diagnosis (can include substance abuse) when someone is admitted to an inpatient psychiatric hospital.
It may only be a 3 day observation period to better delineate the person's symptoms, though. If there's not even a provisional psychiatric diagnosis and the person isn't a danger to self or others, admission is unlikely. Outpatient referral possible, though.

In brief: Observation

There's usually at least a working diagnosis (can include substance abuse) when someone is admitted to an inpatient psychiatric hospital.
It may only be a 3 day observation period to better delineate the person's symptoms, though. If there's not even a provisional psychiatric diagnosis and the person isn't a danger to self or others, admission is unlikely. Outpatient referral possible, though.
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