My daughter is bipolar I?...has depression and anxiety. Was good on meds. Recently paranoia has increased to the point that she was overwhelmed at school that it became impossible to complete the year. She had roughly 3 weeks left of 11th grade. With that said her psychiatrist won't adjust her meds unless she is under 24h care. I attempted this yesterday and it was horrific. My daughter went into an adolescent unit and I was appalled when speaking with her later that day during visiting hours. She needs therapy for paranoia and anxiety, she also needs help with the med adjustment. I feel there is no right place for her and wonder if such a service is out there. My daughter was put on this unit where everyone else was different. Suicidal, psych (delusional, violent), threat to themselves and others, runaways, alcohol & chemical dependancy, they came from broken familys, other patients still had formed scabs on their wrists. It bothered me that she was being exposed to the things that I myself would not ever expose her too. I felt that if I left her there that night, she would never be the same. When I admitted her there they had brought a young man in handcuffs, escorted by two policemen. He was very distraught. I asked the admission coord. if my daughter would be on the same unit as that young man. She replied NO. That evening that same young man sat on a couch during visiting hours. My daughter stated his room was two doors down. She also told me that interaction with other patients was not permitted and was considered a violation of the rules and would not be tolerated. There was a quiet room for violators. I am no longer optimistic that there is a bright light at the end of our tunnel.......could I be right?
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