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Posted by Teegan on April 17, 2002 at 02:07:49:

In Reply to: Two separate experiences posted by Glenside Memorial Vet. on April 15, 2002 at 22:03:36:

I have been in a psychiatric hospital lately and I found the following description accurate. Oh yes, there is group therapy and meetings with the psychiatrist. And they remove everything they can think of that can possibly cause harm. Like belts and shoelaces.

: No padded cells. No strait jackets. Just meds.
: Now, much of psychiatric inpatient treatment is for depression or bi-polar
: disease. Being on a "ward" is relatively benign in that it is a non-judgmental experience. Being in a protective environment fosters safe
: dose levels and shelters patients from external influences. If you are having auditory or visual halucinations, suicidal ideation you need to
: follow the Doc's recommendations. Forget about the environment. Save your
: life and sanity. If you need stabilization, follow the Doc's recommendations also, In the long run, you will do best in a monitored
: setting. The workplace is not a suitable environment for trying the
: effects of new meds in some instances. Signing in is not a permanent commitment. Trust is difficult. Good luck.

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