Help Me Find An Inpatient Psych Program
June 1, 2009 11:00 AM Subscribe
Please give me advice on inpatient psychiatric treatment programs for depression. I'm looking for recommendations and advice on specific clinics anywhere in the US. I'll spare you the long detailed background and try to give the most essential and relevant details.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
After a long and unsuccessful history with the entire gamut of psychiatric meds, ECT, and various forms of therapy, I'm still struggling with disabling depression. After some productive conversations with my current psychiatrist, it looks like the next best step is to try to make a sustained effort to get better within the framework of an inpatient treatment program at a psychiatric clinic.
Since this is not an emergency hospital admission, and because I've had such frustrating and unsuccessful experiences with previous attempts at managing my depression, I'm trying to find the best possible inpatient program. I'm willing to travel anywhere in the United States. I have private insurance that includes coverage for inpatient psychiatric treatment.
Obviously, much of the definition of "best" depends on the relationships patients develop with therapists, psychiatrists, and social workers within the clinic environment, and that's very much an individual process. However, I'd be grateful for any information, advice, and recommendations you might have about various inpatient treatment programs. I've heard some vague good things about the Meninger Clinic (in Houston, TX) and the Harvard-affiliated McLean clinic, but they're too vague to give me very much confidence and mostly consist of the fact that these facilities are well-known.
Of course, any more general thoughts you might have on what to look for in a treatment program would be welcome.
I've left more personal information on my situation and various details about my treatment history out because I wanted to try to make this as concise and direct as possible. Please post in the thread if you feel like you need more information, or you can write me at my AskMe email account: SeekingPsychClinic@googlemail.com.
I'm grateful for your help.