Are You Sick Enough To Consider Hospitalization?

Here are a few scenarios that may apply to your present circumstances. They are examples of certain situations a person may find herself/himself in that should be treated by hospitalization.

If you are experiencing a severe emotional/mental health crisis and are an impending danger to yourself or pose a physical threat to others through your own negligence/willful intent due to mental instability, you are ill and should seek medical treatment in a hospital environment

Try not to let yourself get this far! It is imperative that you report to an emergency ward before you attempt to take your life or act out on violent tendencies brought on by ailing mental health.

If you are a Manic/Depressive sufferer and are experiencing a significant decrease in your primary medications. You may be in danger of developing a mental health crisis as the drug recedes from your body. Perhaps, you are being taken off a particularly potent dosage of a drug that may cause severe withdrawal symptoms. You may need the safety of a hospital environment to act as a buffer zone or safe guard, so that if a change in medications was in fact not a productive move in terms of your mental health care, you are still in protective surroundings.

Your psychiatrist will usually make these arrangements for you if there is any such danger, if not, and you are feeling in jeopardy; insist that your doctor look into these matters. Do not stay at home if you are not able to endure the withdrawal process or feel extreme adverse effects of the medication changes.

If you are a person who may be needing treatment that can only be offered a person on a psyche ward in a hospital setting, such as ECT (Shock Treatment), 24hr monitoring, intensive in-group therapy, etc.

If you suffer from an illness such as anorexia, bulimia, depression or mania that may cause you to stop eating for long periods of time and consequentially lose substantial amounts of weight, to the point of seriously endangering your life. You should go to a hospital where they can monitor the intake of the food you eat and help you return to a healthy weight.

If you are suffering from an intense “mania crisis” and need help stabilizing your moods so that you can function normally, not to mention sleep. You need to seek medical assistance, especially if you have been sleep deprived for 48 to 72 hours.

“Mania Crisis”- A dysfunction of the mind in which a person’s mental state is sped up; they experience rapid thought patterns, excessive urges and an inability to restrain them, insomnia, lack of appetite, illusions of grandeur, emotional turbulence. Sufferers are unable to control their moods and behavior.

If you are a person who compulsively inflicts serious injuries to your person like extensive slicing, burning, whipping, and other extreme self-abusive practices.

If you cannot tell the difference between your psychosis and the real world; especially if you are bent on living your delusions out to the best of your ability, despite the fact that reality doesn’t match up to what is going on in your mind.

You, as the sufferer, will not be able to identify the differences between reality and delusion yourself, but your friends and family will. They will most certainly be the first ones to notice the discrepancy and inform you of this problematic state of mind. They should firmly direct you to seek medical attention, especially if you are experiencing hallucinations and hearing voices. This can be quite a frightening state of mind if not treated with proper medical care.

If you have become completely incapacitated by a “depressive crisis” and are bedridden, or absolutely unable to function in your home environment on your own. And, it has made you unresponsive to the world around you (NOT CATATONIC) despite contact with friends and family.  “Depressive Crisis”- A deep depression that is formidable, to say the least, and causes the sufferer to lose contact with the world around them. Many times these people suffer incredible anxiety, the inner turmoil of downward spiraling emotions, reclusive behavior, loss of self-esteem, and a lack of will to go on.

If you are in a catatonic state.  As the sufferer, you will not be able to recognize this phase of your illness because you will be completely incapacitated. Those around you will become aware there is an alarming change in your behavior. They will be confronted with a person who is exhibiting a lack of response to any and all stimuli. A person in this state will sit or lie where they are placed unable to talk, move, or respond to the world around them. A catatonic patient is unable to move their own limbs on their own; someone must move their body for them. Hospitalization should be immediate and is vitally important.

Some of these emotional/mental health conditions may not be treated in hospital and may be assigned to out patient facilities. It is, however, a good idea to seek medical help for the above mentioned crises from a hospital in order for a person to receive immediate care, if needed, and referrals to specialists or other forms of medical care one may not find available through other health care channels. There are many other reasons or mental health problems that may cause one to seek hospitalization. The ones discussed above are by no means a definitive list on the reasons for hospitalization. This is merely a guide to use if a person is seeking advice about information concerning hospitalizations.

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