What should I expect when seeking inpatient mental health treatment?
February 20, 2009 12:51 PM Subscribe
What happens if you check into an inpatient psychiatric facility in Maryland/ Washington/ Virgina?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm considering seeking inpatient treatment for depression. I'm not on the brink of suicide or anything, but I'm afraid of getting to that point... I'm scared and depressed and confused and overwhelmed and thinking I probably should not be alone all weekend.
If I check myself in to a hospital:
-will I be able to choose when I leave? (On what basis could I be forced to stay?)
-will I be forced to take whatever medication is prescribed, or will I have some control over my treatment?
-are some hospitals "better" than others? (I would be grateful for specific recommendations in the DC metro area.)
-am I overlooking other options? Is there some kind of emergency outpatient counseling I could get?
Thank you in advance.