Ive been hospitalised for anxiety twice-i admitted myself and stayed a month each time. the first time i was only 20, the second i was 23. I changed my meds in hospital- a private pysch facility that my health insurance paid for.
I had to go to group therapy where we would share our triggers and bad experiences that may have caused our anxiety. We exercised as a group every day, we had lots of time to chill by ourselves if we wanted- (sitting infront of the tv, or playing cards, having a cigarette, getting to know everyone etc)
They had meditation programs at night as well as yoga- they encouraged us to journal and we were given homework after group.
We ate at the same time every day, and pretty much there is a strict, structured routine. They would get me out of bed at 7am to get my meds and i would yell at them cos who gets up at 7am if they dont have to?!!!
We did individual therapy, we had access to art therapy- it was nothing like 'one flew over the cuckoos nest'. it was helpful, encouraging and great to meet others who shared the same fears. no one judged anyone.
Thats my experience, and I feel blessed that i found a place that can treat me without making me feel like a freak.
Co-Moderator Anxiety & Panic- Depression
" Why does society view illness as weakness?" (Montell Jordan)
'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)
-DX:Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ, Endometriosis,PCOS, Reactive Arthritis, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, OCD, SMD. GERD, IBS.
-Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Prescription pain meds/anti inflammatories.
-Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
-Age:29. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14.