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Oranged
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   Posted 1/9/2017 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
My pshycitrist mentioned a hospital evaluation.

Does anyone know What that entails ?

The thought alone is scary but I'm not feeling any better.

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   Posted 1/9/2017 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
You might find some things out you didn't know. Diagnosis. It sounds like it is worth a shot if you aren't getting any better.

I know it sounds scary, but it probably isn't as bad as it seems.

Best wishes Oranged!!!

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   Posted 1/9/2017 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Oranged,

It did me some good back in 2011. I found out I had 'complex' PTSD instead of PTSD and that helped my therapist and physiatrist approach my care differently.

They also confirmed that my head pain was from multiple injury and trigeminal neuralgia,, NO physic-samitic. That is not connected to my abuse emotions.

So it was worth it for me.

I can say that the doc were not the warmest but then they see thousands of people a year. 100s a month so I would become numb also.

I wish you the best with this decision.

Peace
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Tim Tam
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   Posted 1/9/2017 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Oranged:

I think in hospital might be a good thing.

You are in a tough situation. I think you need another level of help, and the hospital may be it.

Oranged
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   Posted 1/9/2017 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it where you go and they ask you a bunch of questions and evaluations ?

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   Posted 1/9/2017 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
You said,

"My pshycitrist mentioned a hospital evaluation.

Does anyone know What that entails ?

The thought alone is scary but I'm not feeling any better."

And then you asked, "Is it where you go and they ask you a bunch of questions and evaluations ?"

I've never had an "in hospital evaluation."

The time I've gone into the psychiatric ward, I was in some sort of crisis. This sounds like you're not in a direct crisis, but they need to do more than just talk to you for 30 or 40 minutes, and give you the same or a new script.

Sounds like they want to talk to you more, and more than just talk to you for 30 or 40 minutes on one day, and then have you come back in a week or two or more.

In addition to the psychiatrist talking to you in an upcoming appointment for 20 or 30 minutes, they may first have a psychologist or social worker talk to you for an hour, a couple or three times.

They may try to get you stabilized with individual talk therapy, group therapy, occupational therapy making handicrafts and whatnot, informally being around other patients,trying to find out what your anxiety level is in a non-stressful atmosphere.

For instance, you won't be making any meals or washing any dishes or going grocery shopping. They'll be doing all of that for you.

Trying to figure if your stress is coming from your environment, from in yourself, from whatever, and what level it is.

These are all my guess. But I have been in psychiatric hospitals before, and that's what they did.

I've been in those things and been in a crisis, so, you aren't in that.

I think it can be a good thing. As I mentioned, you're in a tough situation. You can't even go to work some days. You don't want to be like that. You want to be better. This gives you a chance to be better.

I would jump all over that.

Also, in the hospital, it gives them a chance to try you on a medicine, and then wait for a few days to see how it works. Then if its not working, they can try you on a new medicine.

They can do you a lot of good on an outpatient basis, also. But they've been trying that and it's not been working. So now they want to try you inpatient. They're trying to help you. And we know you're trying to help yourself. And people here want to see you do better.

Or, like you say, it's probably where they ask you a bunch of questions and evaluations.

What do you think about that?

Oranged
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   Posted 1/9/2017 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been with a psych (for a year) and a therapist for four years. I can't remember prior to that but I started seeing a therapist back when I was 12. I'm in my 30's now. I have had good parts in my life , good moments and success. This time though, Seems I can't get the medication to get me where I want to be this time around. I've never had to do a hospital before.

As I wrote it sounds like I'm arguing with you Tim Tan, and I hope you know I'm not. I'm venting.
I know your sharing your opinion, I'm just stating my view point, I hope you understand that. I'm not in crisis, nor do I have 'bad thoughts,' I'm just frustrated. I think going to a hospital will make my work situation worse. I am missing work because my nerves get to me or I'm afraid I'll mess something up so it's better to just stay home.
Im thinking that this suggestion might be that my psychiatrist doesn't know what else to suggest. I could understand if I were saying things that warranted a hospital visit, in fact I'd go on my own.
I just want the medicine to work so I can go back to the regular life I had and be able to handle the nervousness, anxiety and depression.

I think I'm just mad at this whole situation.

Oranged
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   Posted 1/9/2017 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry tim I just reread what you wrote and you were sharing your story, a very personal one. I didn't fully digest all of what you said, until I re read it. Sorry.

I don't think I'm at the point of inpatient. I want to be able to maintain what I was dealt in life. I've learned how to use my family and my close friends know how I get, but this time around the work factor is really bothering me.

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   Posted 1/10/2017 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Oranged,

I can understand why you don't want to go into the hospital.

But I thought the psy. was really, really recommending that you had resigned yourself to going in to get the best chance for treatment.

Now, you're balking at it which could hurt your work, which I understand.

You said, "This time though, Seems I can't get the medication to get me where I want to be this time around. I've never had to do a hospital before."

You said, 1.I think going to a hospital will make my work situation worse.

2. I am missing work because my nerves get to me or I'm afraid I'll mess something up so it's better to just stay home

So, if you go in you'll mess up things at work

And if you don't go in you'll mess things up at work.

So, in some ways, there appears there is no answer to this.

I'm in the same situation in a way where I am. And that is, my neighbors are giving me a hard time if I stay here. If I leave, my neighbors may give me a hard time if I leave and I come back and it doesn't work and I come back. Plus they'll see me packing and leaving, and I don't really want them to know I'm going anywhere.

So I do have that feeling of being stuck. So I know what you're going through, a little bit, maybe a bunch. There is no answer.

I can't even bring this subject up to anyone for they might give me an answer, but there is no answer. So I don't have to bring it up.

I have to work it out in my mind. And sometimes I go back and forth in my mind. Sometimes before I eat a meal and I'm hungary and agitated, I see no answer. Then somewhere during the meal, my balance comes back and I start seeing some sort of an answer and things get square again with me as to what I should do.

I mentioned this before and you didn't comment. I mentioned Lithium, we couldn't oven talk about that word. I've never mentioned that to anybody about taking Lithium as an anti-anxiety.

Never thought it about it before like that. I just sit here an read your posts about how anxious you are. I just sit here and think how calm I am from when I first started taking Lithium over 25 years ago.

And just before a previous post a few days ago, I put the two together. I thought, why can't she be as calm as I am? What is the difference between her and I? And I think what it is, is Lithium.

I was having a lot of anxiety and anxiety attacks for years before I took Lithium. Within a short time after I started taking it, I felt like the air had been let out of an overtight balloon.

And I thought, why haven't I been taking this before? Prior to taking the Lithium, I thought being uptight all the time was the way you were supposed to be. I didn't know there was any other state.

The anxiety attacks stopped, because the Lithium got the anxiety under control. It got the uptight feeling under control. There are a number of sights on the net that talk about Lithium being used as an anti-anxiety.

For me to listen to you going through all of these mental gyrations with anxiety, and for me to be so calm simply by taking Lithium, seems to be something out of kilter. There is something not right about that.

I have not hand an anxiety attack in 30 years or more. I have not, 99 percent of the time, been anxious in over 30 years. And there you are climbing the walls wondering what to do, having tried, how many, 3 or 4 medicines for this ailment.

What do you think?

Oranged
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   Posted 1/11/2017 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi timtam. Im a guy, haha I guess I never mentioned that.
I'm not disregarding your lithium suggestion, just kinda hearing what the dr and therapist say. Putting my faith in God and the professionals and trying to find the best option.

getting by
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   Posted 1/12/2017 4:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Oranged, I assumed you were a girl too. Sorry. Funny how we don't know until we are told.

Have you decided what you are going to do? I hope it isn't too difficult.

Have a good day...

Hugs, Karen...
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Tim Tam
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   Posted 1/12/2017 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Oranged:

Does this mean our date is off for Friday night?

But I've already made reservations! And the flower arrangement has already been ordered.

And there were two tickets on the isle for the play.

OK, how about if we just grab a burger and catch a movie? Something kinda on the light side?

Oh, well, Oranged, you can't say I didn't try. I was giving it everything I had. You saw my best Oranged. It's all downhill frm here. It doesn't get any better.

Whew! We'll find out if I really care. Oranged, yeah, hey, good luck, buddy! Tell it to your shrink.

No, Oranged, I care. I don't really, really care, but, yeah, right, I care. OK, let me readjust things here. Uhmmmm. OK, yeah, Oranged, gosh, how long's it been? Oh, yeah, about five minutes. Whoa, time flies.

OK, you still thinking about goin' in, OK, great. Oh, whoa, tough decision, right. Don't know what to advise. I'm always at a loss about things like that. Go in, stay out, I don't know. Wish I could help you, buddy. You sound like a great guy. Whew!

Let me know how it's goin.

But seriously, I do care. Not as much but I do care.

OK, where were we? How much did I have invested in this? It's all gone? OK, I'm going to try to get serious for just a moment. OK, go in or not go in? I don't know.

Maybe just stand outside the door, by the heat grate or something like that. Tell them you're thinking about it.

OK, I'm going to try to get serious for 5 seconds. OK, I think you ought to go in. I think you have a long term situation that hasn't gotten better. Has that for serious?

The Lithium, OK, we can hold back on that one. But if some other meds don't work to your satisfaction, you might mention it to your doctor.

Keep us posted.

Oranged
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   Posted 1/12/2017 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Haha, you lost me a little in your writing, but I could just be in a confused state. Sometimes the message gets lost in translation.

Don't think being a male or female matters with these types of illnesses, but yeah I'm a guy.

I'm not going to do the hospital. I got the Information for which one is best to go to if I feel I need to. Having that information is enough for me for now. But after talking with my therapist, we don't think I'm at that stage.

I am meeting with a new doctor in regards to TMS, the magnetic therapy that's helps realign things in your brain.

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   Posted 1/13/2017 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Oranged:

Just trying to take light of a difficult situation. Glad you took it OK.

As a sales woman told my wife and I one time when we choose her Plan A over Plan B, "You made a good choice."

So, I will say that to you about not going into the hospital, "You made a good choice."

But I would try to listen about what they are saying. I would also try to get other information from other sources.

I also hope the TMS, magnetic therapy, works out OK.

Oranged
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   Posted 1/13/2017 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
No worries , I can take a joke, I'm pretty normal in that aspect.

Yeah today's meeting with a new dr and the TMS was very informative!

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   Posted 1/14/2017 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope that the TMS helps. Keep us posted on how things are going.

Hugs, Karen...
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Oranged
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   Posted 1/14/2017 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jack

Im not sure why I have you stumped ? I originally posted to see who had had a hospital evaluation ? I was curious because I didn't know what it entailed.

I saw my same dr who brought it up previously and today she didn't bring it up. I asked her about it and the hospital was only mentioned as an option. She mentioned other options too. None seemed suitable for me.
My therapist who knows me much more in depth doesn't think the hospital is for me either. overall I have to do what I feel is right after discussing all the avenues.
We're working with balancing the medicine instead and continuing psychotherapy.

Oranged
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   Posted 1/15/2017 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I see what your saying. Thanks for your input.

Have you ever had a hospital experience/ evaluation ?
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