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I need help - August 14th 2015, 04:39 AM

I really need help... I have been struggling with depression for almost 2 years now, I have had a lot of counseling and psychiatric sessions and I am on meds and currently seeing a psychiatrist. Sometimes I feel like I want to die and that I just can't go on anymore because it is too painful. The last time I saw my psychiatrist, he said to me if I had any thoughts of suicide (which I did) and I said no. I said no because he has told me if I have thoughts of suicide then he will probably put me in the hospital, which I'm really scared about because I have never been in the hospital for mental health issues and I don't know how it works.
What should I do?? Do I need to worry about the hospital?? Is the hospital really as scary as it seems.
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Re: I need help - August 14th 2015, 05:27 AM

Dude, hospital is for recovery, and yes it can be very scary, but that doesn't mean there is anything to be scared ABOUT. 'Scary' is a perception. You have to be honest with your counsellor or psychiatrist or anyone else who asks you for information surrounding your health (in a position of care). You sound like someone that wants to feel better and live a life that you can be proud of and that wants to stay on this earth but you cannot do that unless you be honest with the people who can help.

I am from Australia too and I have never been to hospital but we have some pretty good hospitals, especially for mental health. It's just an extension of the care you have already been receiving. Mental health professionals know that they working with people who have been thrust into a stressful environment, a foreign environment, and so the people who work at said hospital will talk you through the process.

I recommend you go and I recommend you be honest with your healthcare professionals. If it is too difficult, try and write some of your thoughts and information down, so when the time comes, they can just read your thoughts. Talking engages more senses than writing, which means it is harder to do when your brain is trying to explode. I can understand the reservations but you don't sound like someone who wants to die, you just want an escape. Awesome sign to begin with.

Hospital can be the beginning of escape.

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Re: I need help - August 14th 2015, 10:32 AM

Hi and welcome to TeenHelp!

I can see how it'd be scary to share your suicidal thoughts especially not knowing what a hospital stay would be like. It's unknown, therefore it's understandably scary to you but I definitely suggest being honest to your psychiatrist about your suicidal thoughts because he is there to help you. It sounds like you're struggling a lot to have suicidal thoughts in the first place and being in the hospital might be really helpful towards your recovery. As the poster above me said, you could write out your thoughts and feelings on a note to show to your psychiatrist to make it easier for you.

As for your question regarding the hospital, there are users here with experience in hospital stays for mental health reasons and they may post telling you about their experiences, and if not, you can always post a separate thread in the Mental Health section specifically asking about the hospital experiences that other users have had if they're comfortable with sharing that. You could also ask your psychiatrist for information on what will happen during the hospital stay and any other concerns and questions you might have ahead of time if that'd be of some comfort and reassurance.

Even though it must be scary, don't be afraid to open up about your thoughts and get the help you need. You should be proud of yourself for seeking help in the first place by seeing a psychiatrist and going to counseling for your struggles. Sounds like you're trying really hard which is great. You can get through this and be happy again. Just keep fighting, okay? Believe in yourself and don't let depression win. You're stronger than you know.
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