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Re: Feeling safe in hospital

Posted by Ignatz on April 10, 2001, at 8:47:11

In reply to Re: Feeling safe in hospital, posted by Cecilia on April 10, 2001, at 4:18:16

I have been hospitalized briefly three times for depression, and I felt much safer in the hospital. My depressions have been sudden, severe, and, blessedly, short. I can't function at all when I'm depressed, don't trust myself not to hurt myself, and don't want to be a burden on my friends. The two hospitals I have been in were good. The staff were patient and the group activities didn't bother me. Most of all, it was a vast relief to feel safe, and to be around other people who seemed to understand how I was feeling. (People with depression made up the vast majority of the patients when I've been in. There's a locked ward which I hear is louder and scarier-- the ward I've been on, you could leave with a staff member or, after awhile, with another patient.) I think that anxiety is a big component of my depressions, and that anxiety has subsided when I go into the hospital. Sometimes I wonder,in fact, if I've gotten *too* dependent on hospitals (and my relatively good insurance right now).




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