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Re: hospitalization

Posted by el on October 25, 1999, at 19:17:24

In reply to hospitalization, posted by allison on October 25, 1999, at 18:34:55

> Maybe this is a stupid question.
Not a dumb question at all.

> I've never been hospitalized. I've sometimes wondered if I should be. I think my pdoc has sometimes thought the same thing, and has at certain times (unless I'm paranoid) suggested it without saying it outright. But he hasn't insisted. Not yet.
> I guess I'm wondering when does one know one needs to go there? Or does one ever know? And what happens?

I have friends who have been, and who have friends
who have been, and their words of advice are

a) admit yourself before "they" admit you --
whoever "they" are in your life; because INvoluntary
admission is a hell of a lot harder to squeegie out of
than voluntary. You don't want to go there.

b) if you're unable to control suicidal thoughts
(i.e., you're a threat to your own survival), and
you have no options like 24-hour-friend babysitting
service, check in.

Somehow I don't think that's going to help you much.
There have been times when I *wanted* to go
(as much as I fear it) because it was just so
exhausting and I didn't want to fight anymore. I wanted
someone else to take care of me, essentially. But I
decided that was childish and lazy... (no self-judgement here)
Oddly enough, that decision usually worked to get me doing something...
anything... and I'd put one foot in front of the other, and
things got better. Slowly.




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