just got back from the pdoc..question about outpatient

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   Posted 3/6/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got back and she wants me to go to three weeks of this 9am-5pm. Is this the same as being admitted in the hospital? Am I really doing that bad?someone please talk to me

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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
hi lost,
i just finished that kind of program and it was really helpful with my depression i was in for 5 months in bed.
it was group therapy. it really worked but mine was from 10 to 4:30
try it and give it a week you might just find out it will help you. Good luck
connie (knitwit)

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   Posted 3/6/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
No Lost, it's not the same as being in the hospital, but she's clearly very concerned about you. Have you done any therapy before? It may be she really wants you to get jump started in therapy right away but doesn't think you need the supervision and monitoring that patients get in the hospital. The concentrated therapy really does help, I'll second knitwit on that. I had mine in the hospital, and it really does help keep your head straight. Don't be worried -- think of it as an opportunity to learn something.

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   Posted 3/6/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
My hospital stay was a blur. I am a little scared of all this. This is going to involve other people as well. I am not feeling ok about that part. I barely remember group when I was in the hospital. I will say that I like this docter better than the last ones. she was a lot more comfortable to talk with. I havent had any therepy other than what i got in the hospital. I am not feeling good. I think I am might have to take my meds. This is not what i wanted.

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   Posted 3/6/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Lostandfound,

I willingly joined an outpatient therapy program at my hospital at the advice of my psychiatrist at two different times.

Both times they were very helpful for me. It taught me tools on how to deal with situations I lived with daily and that came up along the way in my life. It taught me how to get through each day one step at a time.  

I too was worried about other people being there, but when you see that everyone has similar issues as yourself if becomes easier to share your feelings.  Anyway, there isn't any pressure to talk about anything that you're not ready to share.

But in my outpatient program they also had doctors come in and give lectures about special issues like, what bipolar, depression, mania, anxiety, etc are like and what happens to our bodies during these times. Doctors come in and give information about different types of medications that are available. Every lecture at the end had time for personal questions and answers. 

All activites were geared to get in tune with our thoughts and actions how to use them in a positive way.

I agree with serafena, definately give it a try. I was hesitant at first too but found out I really liked it because it helped me tremendously. That is why when I fell in another slump a year later I told my psych that I knew it was time for me to get back in and get jump started again.

Good Luck, I hope you give it a try. 

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