Do not feel shame or humiliated if your manic depression requires you to be hospitalised. It is a completely normal procedure to spend few days in psychiatric ward for treating symptoms of severe depression.

In fact, if you feel that your symptoms are getting severe, you should consult your doctor and ask if you could be hospitalised.

Indications for Hospitalization

You may need to get hospitalised if you feel any of the following symptoms.

  • Suicidal tendency or thoughts
  • Psychotic symptoms like feeling paranoid or experiencing hallucinations
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, etc
  • Inability to cope up with your conditions
  • Lack of support from family/friends
  • You need monitoring for side effects of your medications

Hospitalisation is not permanent

Many patients fear that they will be kept permanently at the hospital if their symptoms do not improve. However, it is a false notion. Patients are hospitalised only for few days so that their symptoms can be improved and they can be treated safely.

You should shun away any thoughts of shame or humility. Getting hospitalised for your mental conditions does not make you worthless individual. It is absolutely fine to get hospitalised and there is nothing wrong in getting treated in psychiatry ward.

There is a social stigma attached with depression or mental health disorders. Depression is not taken in the same way as other disease. If someone is experiencing life-threatening depression symptoms then there is no better place than hospital for the treatment.

Resident Treatment Program

If you are having severe depression symptoms your psychiatrist may advise you to get treatment at a residential treatment centre.

Rehabilitation centre is basically a live-in health care facility that provides treatment therapies for severe depression or other mental health disorders.

You can be sure of high quality medical care at rehabilitation centre. These resident treatment centres are located in the natural surroundings far away from pollution and noise of the cities.

Depressed patients are given various behavioural interventions at these centres that help in improving depression symptoms.

Questions to ask before selecting a resident treatment centre

  • What are various facilities offered at the facility?
  • What are the specific illnesses treated at the facility?
  • Does the facility provide dedicated nursing staff for every staff?
  • What are various treatment therapies provided at the facility?
  • Visiting hours to see the patient?
  • Frequency of visit of therapist or doctor to check the patient?
  • Duration of stay of the patient in the facility?
  • What are the personal items that patient should bring from home?
  • What are various discharge formalities?

Things to consider during discharge

  • Discuss the progress of patient during the stay
  • Ask for the present mental state of patient
  • Get the list of Do’s and Don’ts for the patient
  • Ask for any adjustments related to medications, food, etc for the patient
  • Get information about dosages, side effects of any medications prescribed to patient