is there a place like a mental hospital, but not?

Discussion in 'Brainbent' started by milkywaybars, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. milkywaybars

    milkywaybars New Member

    If you go to a mental hospital, you can't leave. If someone does something to harm you- whether it's "assault" or "wrong meds"- you still can't leave, you are locked up with them. Is there a place that is kind of like a mental hospital, but you can leave?

    A monastery? A crisis center? Some sort of treatment program?
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  2. Everett

    Everett local rats so small, so tiny

    I know that in my area at least, if you admit yourself into inpatient mental health treatment you can check yourself out of there when you want, unless you do something like try to hurt yourself, and then they can hold you there until they feel you're okay to leave on your own
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  3. bushwah

    bushwah a known rule consequentialist

    Tentatively I agree with @Everett, if that's how the law works where you are, but exercise caution -- psych wards can be really scary places, mostly not because of the crazy people.

    (Source: have experienced various fuckery in multiple psych wards, 90% of which was from staff; know other people who have been treated similarly; do not think that merely having a different legal status would have protected any of us much.)

    Ideally you'd want to go to a place that you know someone who went to. Failing that try to find some kind of testimonial online. People might be biased or even delusional, but there's a big difference between "I'm conflicted, I'm not sure I should have been institutionalized and it wasn't fun" and credible allegations of human rights violations like

    "I was held there for a week with no access to a phone" or "they wake us up at 6am and force us to pray" or "as far as I'm aware the staff member who sexually abused me is still working there."
  4. Codeless

    Codeless Cheshire Cat

    There are day programs I believe where you go every day but stay at home. Thats all I know though.
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  5. sirsparklepants

    sirsparklepants feral mom energies

    I'd look into intensive outpatient programs. I had a lot of success with that as a way to jumpstart my treatment when my symptoms were at their worst. You get a lot of group therapy and programming but you can in fact leave, and do every day.
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