I've just spent over 2 weeks in a mental health unit.

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Aussieangel
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   Posted 12/22/2006 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,

I finally cracked and pushed until I saw a pdoc at hospital who wanted me admitted straight away. The unit I went to is pretty new and nice and only really had low level of ill people so wasn't bad at all once you get past the initial shock.

All they did though was increase my effexor xr and rivatril (something my private pdoc could have done months ago mad ). They also gave me a script for Largactil in the liquid form which kicks in within 10 to 15minutes. The tablets were taking 2 hours to kick in.

The new amounts are still building up in my system so while I'm not as bad as last month I'm entering into the hormonal phase (it lasted 14days straight last month) so am really having to repeat positive thoughts to myself endlessly.

My private pdoc told me she was going to send me to an endocryologist and for more detailed blood tests to check if I'm going through an early change or I'm deficient in something then once I was released turned around and said she'll wait to see how I go this month nono That was part of the reason I agreed to leave the unit before the new year thinking I had to be out for things to start happening and she did this to me. mad

Anyway I hope all you guys are doing ok? I did put my name down for a volunteer job one morning a week and are determined to ask the grandparents to do some babysitting so I get some time out. I've got to look after myself.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy Xmas. yeah

Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/22/2006 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so glad to see you posting
I too am PROUD of you for doing what you did going to pdoc and then accepting the directions he wanted you to take
accepting help is sometimes hard but you did it
I am happy also about the Largactil it has been a good med but not given out alot last while
I will be keeping you in my heart and prayers hun and I wish you the best this Holiday Season as well as a better yr in 2007
You do deserve it
Luvs ya
Lyn
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Aussieangel
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   Posted 12/22/2006 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lyn, I'm actually a bit dopey atm as I took a small doze of Largactil for a crying spell that wouldn't stop. When I'm real panicky/ anxious this level of drug just relaxes my mind, maybe for when it's more depression based I'll take a half doze just to stabilise my mood. I also brought some strong B12 vitamins to start to try and help with the mood swings naturally.

I went and saw my GP today and told him this is actually the time I should be in hospital with the moods flucuating crazily etc.

At least he's given my a form to go get my folate acid and B12 plus all the different forms of hormones checked. I just have to wait until Wednesday as everything is now shut for Xmas. He said if there is a hormone problem then he'll send me to an endocryologist which at least makes me feel something is being done to help me.

Fingers crossed this will be my last really bad month as all the drugs should be reaching their full strength next month.

GFK
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   Posted 12/22/2006 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you the best....

Karen

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   Posted 12/22/2006 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Aussie,

Sorry you have been going through a rough patch. I am however glad that you might be looking at better times.

Good luck and haoppy holidays and New year.
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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/23/2006 2:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Aussie, I'm sorry that you had to go through this but I'm proud of you for taking that step. I have been considering quite seriously checking myself into the hospital. My pdoc said to go b/c their is nothing more that she can do. She is completely inadequate though and has only tried 2 different meds on me. I'm wondering if you think the experience was worthwhile. Did you leave feeling more stable than when you went in? Did a doctor work with you on your real life problems that are depressing you and overwhelming you or was it just about meds? Anyway, I'm glad that you are home for the holidays. God bless you.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/23/2006 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Keeping you in heart ,thoughts and prayers ............
Yu will make it hun I know you wil
Take care
luvs ya
Lyn

Happy holidays
Better yr in 2007
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shell67
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   Posted 12/23/2006 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   

Hiya hun, im so sorry that you have to do this and have had such a hard time. But you are doing a good job it sounds, that is awesome, im so proud of you and you have great strength. My doc is wondering the same, if im going through the change a lil early, i dont know what early is, but the mood swings, i can totally relate to. I wish you the best and hope the next year brings you everything your heart desires, and great health ;)   hugs

shell


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Aussieangel
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   Posted 12/23/2006 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the good thoughts everyone.

hopefulmigrainer..... I was so desperate hospital was my only option. I have private health insurance but because my mental health is pre-existing I still have just under 10months before I can access the private system.

I've heard from many that our local private hospital is beautiful, you're given a one on one therapist and do group sessions morning and afternoons, they have a huge arts area and some sports. The usual treatment starts at 3 weeks with them and costs at least $15,000.

I had to go public, first I had to go through a nasty woman at our crisis team who tried to talk me out of going to hospital but I wasn't backing down. I knew how sick I was, she wasn't the one living with it. I then had to go to our bigger public hospital and the pdoc there admitted me straight away as he could see I needed help. I spent my first night in the ER with mental health nurses there for me. The next day they found a bed for me in a fairly new unit with low level patients. I think thats what made it easier. A few of the patients there had the same problem as me pdocs stuffing their meds up and we were there to sort things out.

There was 2 doctors on the ward, one who seemed to see his patients regulary and take his time. The other the one I had I must have seen 4 times the longest for 10minutes the shortest for about 2minutes.
Basically you were meant to tell the nurses the things that were happening but at the same time they weren't counscellors, they then wrote it in your notes for the doctors to look at. There was also a social worker.

The unit I went to was meant to be short term, a place to look at meds and allow you time to rest and think. I found talking to the other patients helpful as well.

If I had been sent to another unit I don't know if I would have lasted, I guess it all depends on the unit you go to and the staff you get. Unfortuently like a lot of things in life, money talks.

Also expect to feel like a criminal when you first arrive, it's not so much because of you but also for the other patients safety. They go through your bags, have you escorted by security and remove or lock up razors etc, you have to ask for them when you want to shave your legs. Same as piccies if you take one in a frame the glass has to be removed. I dyed my hair in there because I was getting better but made sure I handed all the containers to the nurses to dispose of any extra chemicals....little things like that.

If you feel you really need to go to hospital I'd say do it, you've got nothing else to lose and I found I felt safe there, even when having really bad thoughts at the beginning.

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/23/2006 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
AussieAngel, thank you for taking the time to explain to me.  Thankfully, I am feeling stronger today.  I am on day 5 of the Lexapro and am hoping my starved brain is adjusting for the better!  At least I have my hope back - my hope that I can get better.
 
Take care and have a blessed Christmas.
Kelly
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   Posted 12/24/2006 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry Aussie... *HUGS*

I hope you're getting better dear....

We're all here for you!!! I hope you have a happy holidays :) let us know how you're doing

Twiggygal~
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