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Re: Intensive outpatient program Penny

Posted by judy1 on June 3, 2002, at 18:48:39

In reply to Intensive outpatient program, posted by Penny on June 3, 2002, at 9:47:21

Hi Penny,
I've been in an out-patient program twice, each coming on the end of an in-patient stay. They were 8-5, M-F programs- but because of my son's school schedule I would arrive around 9 and leave at 2 or so. Personally, I think a program like this is MUCH better than being in-patient, you feel as if you have some control over your life rather then being locked up in a ward (even in a voluntary commitment). Your day will be very structured with group therapy making up the biggest part, I think I only saw my psychiatrist about 45 minutes out of the total day (sometimes less). I had a great deal of difficulty being part of a group, I was terrified. I think this is unusual though (and is probably a symptom of my PTSD). The group and leader do tend to be kinder to the 'newbies', they won't force you to talk if you don't feel up to it. I think you would probably benefit from such a structured setting, and wish you the best- Judy


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