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Re: Pdoc recommending inpatient treatment glennb

Posted by raisinb on December 9, 2008, at 22:10:17

In reply to Pdoc recommending inpatient treatment, posted by glennb on December 9, 2008, at 18:43:13

My dad has been hospitalized for depression a few times. He lives in the midwest, not NYC, so ymmv.

But as far as I can see, the main reason to check yourself into an inpatient unit is a serious (maybe imminent) threat of suicide. They don't really *do* anything in the hospital different than what your therapist/pdoc will do outside the hospital, except ensure that you are safe. They observe you, assess you, and keep out anyone you don't want to see. They ensure you get good referrals and quick appointments with therapists/pdocs, but follow-up is up to you. But the basic care--meds and therapy--is the same.

It sounds odd to me that your pdoc is recommending that, but perhaps s/he has good reasons. After all, your pdoc knows you best.


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