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Just come out of pyschiatric hospital...

(27 Posts)
Janos Wed 06-Jul-05 09:48:45

Not properly...going back in today to be reassessed by psychiatrist, don't want to jinx it,I am worried. Appt at 11.30.

It was very scary. I feel very shocked and unnerved by it all.

Managed to get my little boy safely to nusery today which feels like a big achievement.

Has anyone been there?

regularmumsnetter Wed 06-Jul-05 09:52:49

i was in for about six weeks three years ago. It is very scary, when i was admitted i felt like it was happening to someone else. Especially when i saw all the other patients who were more obviously 'mad' IYSWIM.

Janos Wed 06-Jul-05 09:57:42

Hi regularmumsntter thanks for responding..I have only been in for 4 days but was feeling a lot better so was allowed home on an 'overnight pass'. Going for more assessment today. Was actually feeling worse being in there, missing my little boy.

I feel quite shaky and scared.

regularmumsnetter Wed 06-Jul-05 10:04:17

is it for depression? i felt it was counterproductive for me TBH, i felt it made me worse and by the end of six weeks i was hufflintg around being institutionalised with the best of them.
Also think it is insane that they allow so much smoking- the whols ward where i stayed stank of cigarette smoke and many patients smoked 40 cigs a day, just sitting in the smoking room all day long, out of boredom.

Janos Wed 06-Jul-05 10:07:13

Yes that sounds like the ward I was on....

I hated it so much and am scared they will say I have to go back in there when I go back today.

ScummyMummy Wed 06-Jul-05 10:16:15

Good luck with the appt, Janos. Try explaining to the psychiatrist that you feel the hospital environment won't help you to recover. The fact that you've been given overnight leave and coped well is a good sign that you are on the road to feeling better and I'm sure that will be viewed positively. If they do feel you need further help it's worth asking if there's a crisis resolution team in your area who could support you at home.

Janos Wed 06-Jul-05 10:20:18

regularmumsnetter, sorry I didn't answer your question properly. It was for deprssion. Things had got so bad with sleep deprivation that I wasn't sleeping properly and as a result was earing voices and at the worst point (which is when I went in), was hallucinating. That is not happening now, I do feel so much better but am worried they will section me. I really don't want that.

regularmumsnetter Wed 06-Jul-05 10:24:14

janos, they will only setion you as a last resort, so if they feel you need to be in the hospital and you are refusing to go, say.
I am assuming you won't be refusing should they suggest you go in again, so you should be fine. Maybe the hallucinations/voices were due to the sleep deprivation?
If you can talk logically and calmly with the doctors at the appt i can't see why they will make you stay in if they were happy enough with your progress to allow you overnight leave.

Janos Wed 06-Jul-05 10:27:30

I am hoping so too. I think that the hallucinations/voices were down to sleep deprivation because they have just stopped, which is wonderful, but I do feel 'fragile' if that makes sense.

I am not refusinhg to go in for the appointment, just to clear things up. My HV (who is great) is also coming along with me.

Thank you for taking the time to respond btw I do really appreciate it.

ScummyMummy Wed 06-Jul-05 10:52:33

Definitely sounds like a Crisis Resolution Team might be able to help, Janos. All the best for today.

regularmumsnetter Wed 06-Jul-05 11:57:20

don't be daft- i only wish i'd had something like MN to help me when i was going through it.
It does sound good for you though, as long as you get the support you need, and as your HV is coming along with you to the appointment it does sound like you are getting it. I think her going with you will make all the difference too, it shows you have a support network in place for when you get out of there.
Good luck, keep us posted about it (although i suppose we will only hear if you are allowed to stay home!)

Janos Wed 06-Jul-05 15:06:04

Well, good news of a sort.

I have been allowed home, currently I am ion pass , so I'm still a patient, but I'm sort of an outpatient if that makes sense. I need to go again on Friday and if still doing well I will be discharged, so come Friday that is what I am hoping for.

I am going back in with my DP this afternoon to meet again with the consultant. I feel a lot moe positive.

Have to say my HV was great, really great.

Janos Wed 06-Jul-05 19:23:05

Just a bump to say that I am feeling much more positive and thank you to those folk who posted -I know lots of people don't like to talk about this subject so I do appreciate your kindness.

Mosschops30 Wed 06-Jul-05 19:35:18

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TwinSetAndPearls Wed 06-Jul-05 20:05:32

Hope everything went ok Janos, I was in a psychiatric hospital for three months after dd was born, luckily dd stopped with me, it helped me through a very difficult time but I can relate to regularmumsnetters point about being worried that everyone else was madder than me. It was very scary coming out and having to live in the real world again.

I also spent a few weeks on an awful ward that made me even more depressed and certainly wasn't any help.

Not sure what else to say, feel free to contact me if you think it would help. Once agin hope everything went well today.

TwinSetAndPearls Wed 06-Jul-05 20:05:32

Hope everything went ok Janos, I was in a psychiatric hospital for three months after dd was born, luckily dd stopped with me, it helped me through a very difficult time but I can relate to regularmumsnetters point about being worried that everyone else was madder than me. It was very scary coming out and having to live in the real world again.

I also spent a few weeks on an awful ward that made me even more depressed and certainly wasn't any help.

Not sure what else to say, feel free to contact me if you think it would help. Once agin hope everything went well today.

TwinSetAndPearls Wed 06-Jul-05 20:06:02

As you can see I am still a bit bonkers, i keep repeating myself!

TwinSetAndPearls Wed 06-Jul-05 20:07:20

Sorry, just seen your later post, glad you came home!

regularmumsnetter Fri 08-Jul-05 10:42:02

Really glad you've been allowed home and hope it all goes well today.

I'm sure it will, provided you haven't had an 'episode' in the meantime.

Let me know if i can be of any help, i am a very regular poster so am always on here, just changed my name because people i know in RL who know my nickname don't all know about my spell in hospital and don't feel up to going through it all with them TBH.

Janos Mon 11-Jul-05 14:46:49

Quick bump

Regular and twinset, I would like to email you but I'm not sure how to go about it. Is it the same as CAT?

MandM Mon 11-Jul-05 14:55:54

Janos - just to let you know that if you click on Cantact Another Talker ('CAT'), the people you are wanting to contact will receive a message via Mumsnet (as long as they have agreed to that when setting up their username). They can then respond to you on your private e-mail address.

HTH

Glad to hear you're feeling so much better BTW

Janos Mon 11-Jul-05 16:13:42

Thanks MandM

Janos Mon 11-Jul-05 16:17:39

regular, would like to chat but couldn't CAT you. Twinset have sent CAT

TwinSetAndPearls Mon 11-Jul-05 20:49:53

have sent you a reply

regularmumsnetter Mon 11-Jul-05 20:54:02

Have CATTed you Janos.

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