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Re: hospital stays

Posted by holymama on February 19, 2005, at 0:30:01

In reply to hospital stays, posted by nicki on February 18, 2005, at 18:00:02

Dear Nicki and anyone,
I was only hospitalized once, and it was for 6 days. I was extremely overmedicated (7 meds), withdrawel symptoms from some, side effects from starting othrs. I was shaking, having hot and cold flashes, having severe mood swings from day to day (I'm bipolar, but this was crazy), not eating much at all. When having depressive swings I had suicidal urges that I was afraid I wouldn't be able to control -- they were so strong. I made an agreement and plan with my therapist and psychiatrist that if I had any more urges that felt scary to me, I would admit myself to the hospital. It helped to have that plan, so I would know what to do when I felt so bad instead of hemming and hawing about whether or not I should off myself. I enjoyed the hospital! Like the last writer, I made friends and enjoyed talking to people there, group therapy was boring at worst, and I felt safe knowing I was getting my meds straghtened out and would leave better than when I came in. I did. Not full recovery (that took weeks), but much better and more confident and really changed. In fact, not I'm going back to grad schoool to study mental health counseling.




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