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SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

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Treatment in a psychiatric hospital | SKKSPB №1

Hospitalization in a psychiatric hospital, contrary to popular stereotypes, is not always due to the fact that someone sees hallucinations or runs after people, brandishing an axe.

Placement in a psychiatric hospital indicates that the patient's mental state has deteriorated and it is impossible to help him at home. At the same time, a person can adequately perceive reality and give an account of his actions. Some forms of depression, for example, require hospital care. Sometimes a patient is admitted to the hospital to clarify his diagnosis or prescribe a more effective treatment. In any case, you should not be afraid of hospitalization. A stay in a psychiatric hospital is not much different from treatment in any other hospital. nine0003

Who makes the decision on admission to a psychiatric hospital?

It happens in different ways. For convenience, it is worth separating voluntary and involuntary hospitalization (a lot of social prejudices and fears are associated with it). First of all, consider situations where a person ends up in the hospital against their will. Indications for involuntary hospitalization are stipulated by the Russian law “On Psychiatric Care and Guarantees of the Rights of Citizens in its Provision”. The patient may be admitted to the hospital without his consent in the following cases:

  1. When, due to his mental condition, he can harm (himself or another person) or tries to take his own life.
  2. When he is helpless in front of daily household tasks (cook his own food, go to the grocery store, follow the basic rules of personal hygiene).
  3. When not providing mental health care will lead to even more serious health problems.
  4. When the decision on hospitalization is made by the court, this is the topic of a separate long conversation

Is it possible to go to a psychiatric hospital voluntarily?

Yes, if a person feels the need for inpatient care, he or she has the right to go to the hospital and ask to be hospitalized or tell the attending psychiatrist about his desire. The psychiatrist also, if he sees the need for this, suggests that his patient go to the hospital for a while, explains why this is necessary and how long the hospitalization will approximately last. But the decision on hospitalization still remains with the patient. nine0003

It is important to remember that the mere fact of being admitted to a psychiatric hospital does not mean negative social consequences or restrictions on rights for the patient. Some patients refuse to apply for a sick leave during their hospitalization, as they are afraid that they will find out at work in which hospital they were treated. These fears are also unfounded. The sick leave does not indicate the diagnosis, and besides, psychiatric hospitals and narcological clinics have separate stamps for disability certificates (the profile of the institution is not indicated on the stamp). nine0003

To sum up : it is not the fact of hospitalization that matters, but the state of your mental health. If it requires inpatient treatment, then you need to discard fears and follow the doctor's recommendations.

According to the WHO, taking care of your mental health reduces your risk of developing suicidal tendencies and premature death from suicide, and improves your overall quality of life. Timely detection of mental illness in the early stages of its development makes it possible to stop or significantly slow down its progressive course. If you notice signs of disorder in yourself or your family, we urge you to seek help from a psychologist or psychiatrist in a timely manner. nine0003

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A girl described what it really feels like to be treated in a mental hospital

A resident of St. Petersburg, undergoing treatment for depression in a psychiatric hospital, decided to dispel stereotypes about such medical institutions. The girl said on Twitter what awaits patients of the neurosis department, what it is better to take care of in advance and why mental hospitals should not be afraid. And her thread will certainly help users get rid of prejudices about the treatment of mental disorders. nine0003

At the end of March, a post by stand-up comedian Tatyana Shchukina from St. Petersburg went viral on Twitter. The girl admitted that she was being treated in a mental hospital for depression, and spoke about a funny incident in a medical facility.

Tatyana's post got more than 11 thousand likes and reposts and inspired the girl to create a whole thread about treatment in a psychiatric hospital - in the department of nervous disorders. The user promised to tell how true the stereotypes about the "yellow houses" are.

In films, viewers are sometimes shown that psychiatric hospitals are a terrible and gloomy place, where even those patients whose behavior is not dangerous for others are forcibly injected with potent drugs, the poor fellows are dressed in straitjackets and all personal belongings are taken away. Horror, and only! But calmly: based on the experience of Tatyana, in reality, patients with depression are unlikely to expect something like this. nine0003

In the department where the girl is lying, it is quite calm - so much so that it is even boring. And it is absolutely safe, the Petersburger assures. Yes, no violent and dangerous patients from thrillers.

Movies and series were right in some ways: the situation on the territory of the hospital is quite gloomy, the girl writes. And the food leaves much to be desired, Tatyana assures.

On the other hand, patients undergoing treatment for depression and neurosis in a psychiatric hospital have a considerable advantage over those who attend paid classes with psychotherapists. Indeed, in a state institution, they receive therapy for free, as well as medicines (even if such pleasure does not last so long). nine0003

The girl in a separate tweet touched on the popular stereotype of drugs for people with mental problems. No, they will not drastically change your personality. Medicines, based on the words of a Petersburger, are a kind of crutch that helps depressed and anxious people find strength for everyday life and psychotherapy.

But Tatyana dwelled on the fact that a patient with depression feels from psychotherapy. Spoiler: the patient will have to oh how to work on himself. nine0003

Judging by Tatyana's tweets, psychotherapy can be quite difficult morally, because the patient has to climb into the jungle of the most painful memories and realize how wrong he used to look at the world.

At the end of the thread, the girl urged the Twitter people to take their mental health more seriously and be sure to seek help from specialists.

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