I've been in a psych ward twice. The first time was good, the second I DID NOT want to be there and so in wasn't helpful. Do you know why your Dr. doesn't think that's where you need to be? Has he explained things in detail for you? I have no suggestions that are cheaper other than make sure you're not alone, make sure you don't have easy access to your meds if you feel you might hurt yourself and try and hang in there. There are relaxation techniques that I do that sometimes help and sometimes don't. I'm a rapid cycler also and it sucks when one minute you're alright and three of four hours later, you're in a totally different place.
Let us know how you're doing. You have friends here.
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