When do you go inpatient?

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   Posted 9/17/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
My regular doc suggested it this morning. At what point do you consider inpatient? I'm miserable. I'm depressed. I have a lot of suicidal thoughts, but I still have a rational voice in my head telling me this is temporary. It's a reaction to the meds. I'll be better soon and get through this. My family needs me. Etc. So I know I won't hurt myself. I don't think. But what if that voice goes away? Will I even realize what's going on? I HATE THIS. I'm so mad. I don't want anyone to know. If I went inpatient, my family would find out (we all live in the same town and they'd have to help with the kids). Taking care of two toddlers by himself would be really hard on my husband. I would miss work. I can't really afford the time or loss of money there. I don't know what to do. Pdoc said the lamictal would be out of my system within a day. It's been 30 hours and I still can't stop crying.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, re-diagnosed with bipolar I 9/09, [-]titrating up to 150mg lamictal[/-]
Apparently allergic to lamictal...waiting on next rx

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   Posted 9/17/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Stephanie, I can hear your pain. I am so sorry you are feeling this badly and struggling about what to do,
just remember this is definetely temporary and you will feel better soon. I know it's hard.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing.


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   Posted 9/17/2009 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   

I think you should take your doc's advice. Suicidal ideation is nothing to take lightly, and in the hospital they can watch you, get you some different drugs as well as some meds to calm you down. It's calm there, you have less stress, and you will get back on your feet quickly. Yes, it's stressful and difficult for the family, but they just want you to be well, I'm sure, and would do whatever it takes to help you get there.

I was in the hospital at the end of August. I know just how you feel. It's no fun being away from your family, and it's hard on them, but it really turned me around. They got me off the abilify (which caused me to have a mixed episode) and put me on lithium. I was so much better a week later.

I'm not saying it's going to cure you or anything, I just know that it can help. I've done it twice now.

Even if you decide against it, keep posting, keep writing. It helps and we are here for you!

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   Posted 9/18/2009 2:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stephanie,
I'm really sorry that you are going through a very difficult time right now.  But if you don't take care of yourself how will everything else fall into place? 
Don't worry about what everyone else will think.  They will think better of you if you take the necessary steps to get help.  They would feel worse if they felt that they were not able to help you.  
I  hope you listen to your doctor and get help for yourself.
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