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anitasue
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   Posted 2/21/2006 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
My depression has gotten the better of me and I can't come out of it.  I know some people get hospitalized for this, but how does that happen?  I mean, do they suggest it to their Dr.?  And how does it work once you're in the hospital?  What kinds of things do you do in there, therapy sessions, med's ajustments, ??
I feel like I need to get away, to go away.  I just don't know how.  I'm not in counseling or therapy now, and it's beyond counseling sessions once a week, it's way past that.  I am on an anti-depressant and Trazadone to sleep, but it's not doing it anymore.  I have all kinds of gastro issues, so switching med's and trying new ones isn't in the picture.  Besides that, over the years I've tried a bunch and the Wellbutrin had the least side effects, but it's worthless these days.
Anyone have experience with this that wouldn't mind sharing with me?  I'd appreciate it.

anitasue
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   Posted 2/22/2006 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your response.  I really appreciate you sharing your experience.  What you told me is exactly the information I was wanting.  Thanks again.

bluemeanies
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   Posted 2/22/2006 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
An out of town friend of mine called the behavorial health hospital when I told her I had made an attempt the night before. I was able to drive myself there and checked myself in for a 3 day stay. I was in some group classes and some one on one with a doctor while there and I still go as an outpatient. You should be able to find their phone number and call and talk to them.

wenmarie
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   Posted 2/22/2006 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel the same as you do.  I feel like I am going to crack.  I am having the worst time of my life.  I need help.  I have seriously thought I need to be hospitalized but I do not know how the process works. I Know I need it. I am becoming a horrible person. Crabby, I am having anger issues, difficulties sleeping, difficulties with my children.  I just dont want to exist.  How do I get this process started?  Can you just check yourself in?

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masterorb
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   Posted 2/23/2006 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I was hospitalized at the end of 2004. I ended up writing a book about it. The book is at www.myspace.com/ikoafs
 
I started the myspace for the book and I'm putting depression resources up there and guess what is #1? Healingwell. I think it's a really great site. I have been dealing with depression for three years now and I'm not sure if I am getting better, honestly. But I'm still here.
 
To answer your hospitalization questions, if you show up and tell them you are suicidal they will take you right in and be extremely nice to you . If you're anything like me you will be there for a few days while they "establish a baseline" and then you will be sent home. It's not something anyone should WANT to do but if you need the help, GO. You will be better off for it.
 
I'm off to face this day. Good luck to anyone and please be in touch on myspace if you like. I've been lurking in these forums for a while you all seem like such good people I wish you the best.

anitasue
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   Posted 2/23/2006 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, I'm going to call a behavioral health hospital later this morning, I already found one approved by my insurance.
However, there is one thing.... I've never actually attempted to kill myself, is this the only criteria for being admitted?  I think about being "gone", probably little word tricks I play on myself, huh?
I can't take another day, here's a typical day for me.  I don't work, so I'm home all day.
Hubby:  good morning
me:  morning
eat breakfast, read the paper in silence.
hubby:  I'm leaving
me:  bye
the day passes, I cry every single day, some days more than others.  I have no friends.
evening:
hubby:  I'm home
me:  hello
dinner in silence
watch TV in silence
go to bed, no goodnight...
and start over the next day.
He doesn't want to talk to me because I'm a "crazy *****" and no wonder no one wants anything to do with me.  I can't tell you the last time I had any eye contact with him or anyone.
I do have a son at home, he's in college, but I try not to unload on him, and I try to "act normal" so he doesn't have to deal with this.  At least he will make cheap chatter with me sometimes if he's home, the only person that talks to me.  Thank goodness I have two dogs, at least I can hug them and cry around them, sad truth is the only kisses or affection I get is from my dogs. 
I try to tell myself that I can "get through" another day, but I can't.  I can hardly eat anymore, I can't remember the last time I smiled or that I had fun, whatever that is. 
I only don't try anything because I wouldn't want to hurt my son, who is really the only person I have who cares about me.
I haven't even told my hubby I'm looking into a hospital because why bother?  He doesn't want to even hear my voice, much less the substance of what I have to say. 

els
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   Posted 2/23/2006 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Anitasue, 

If you have having thoughts of self harm and have a plan on how to do it most places will admit you.  I don't know what state you live in so it really varies.  However, If you go in there and just say "I am depressed" chances are they are going to set you up with outpatient counseling and some meds.

Please let us know how it goes.  My thoughts are with you......


~elisha
 


bluemeanies
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   Posted 2/23/2006 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad you are calling a behavorial health center. I agree with els, it sounds like you may be seen on an outpatient basis. The only affection I'm getting these days is from my two cats. Pets are the greatest! I divorced my unsupportive husband and I am doing sooooooooo much better.

els
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   Posted 2/23/2006 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey blue,  I hear ya...... my husband was totally unsupportive when it came to my health issues.  We are divorsed and I now have a cat named Normandy.  He sometimes is a little finicky but at least I know that he loves me.......

~elisha
 


Annieoakley
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   Posted 2/23/2006 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Anitasue,
I'm so sorry you are going thru this on your own..but I am sooooo glad you found us here at H.W. Do you mind I ask why are you with someone that is not helping you...he is your husband...for better or worse and in sickness and in health..I'm sorry but he doesn't sound like he is good for you...it's sounds like you are in a rough state right now and you need all the love and support a husband should be giving you. if I lived close to you I would come over and give you a great big hug and we could go out for coffee and just talk...let all your feelings out. My heart just aches for you and what you are going thru. I hope that we can help as much as we can. your in my prayers and thougts..Please take care.
Annie

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anitasue
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   Posted 2/24/2006 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your support, it means a lot. I went to the ER yesterday and 7 hours later I left with a referral to a behavioral hospital for an IOP (intensive outpatient program). I had my intake today and start going on Monday. It's a day program from 9-2.
The social worker from the hospital last night called my husband to talk to him, I guess to get his 'side of the story'. He told her we fight all the time, and that he'd noticed my depression seemed worse lately.
When I did get home it was about 7:30 pm, and all he asked me was "what's next". I didn't answer him, I just told him he needs to revise his diagnosis of me because I'm not a crazy enough b**** to get admitted. He really didn't seem to care, not enough to talk to me or even really look at me.
This morning, same 'conversation' as usual. Small wonder I feel dead inside. Oh, the social worker at the hospital did recommend we go to marriage counseling, but I don't know if she told him when she talked to him on the phone. Right now I care more about getting me better, maybe then we'll see about the marriage.
A big part of why I stay with him is because I have no current job skills, no family to go live with, and my son is in college. Practical reasons mainly. Maybe a little hope that someday I'll be and feel loved again.

els
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   Posted 2/24/2006 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Anita, 

You have the right idea, you have to work on you first. You have a plan of action and that is good.  Just hang in there until Monday.  We are here for you at anytime.


~elisha
 

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