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Getting help - December 31st 2012, 12:48 AM

Hi everyone,

SO here I am... I do have several mental illnesses including Bipolar Disorder, Bulimia, Social Anxiety disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline personality disorder traits. I am also a cutter and am honestly addicted to suicide having tried so many countless times. It really is pretty stupid. I really struggle with my illnesses and it isn't a pretty picture my life.

I have received therapy from a therapist and psychiatrist for several years now, and I have done groups but nothing has helped me. So as there is no really helpful solution here and so my psychiatrist is working on sending me to Ontario, Canada to a specialized mental hospital for up to four months, a long way from home to say the least. I am quite scared to do this, being away from my family and friends for such a long time. I don't know how I will handle being in such a different place. I don't know, maybe it is for the best maybe not... I can't help but wonder what it will be like to be in Ontario, Canada, what an adventure in some ways I suppose.

Has anyone been to a mental hospital for any length of time? How do these long programs work, any idea?

Thanks for reading,

Kylie Caitlyn Erin...
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Re: Getting help - December 31st 2012, 12:55 AM

I have never been in hospital long term - my longest stay so far is three weeks.

Inpatient units aren't too bad though, the staff are friendly, the food is (generally) fairly good, you often get your own bathroom - depending on some things - and you usually get your own room.

Where I was, we had OT activities but no programmes going.

By the sounds of what you've said, you'll be participating in some sort of inpatient programme. Based on the other stuff you've said, it sounds like it could be a really good idea for you. Also, there's no harm in trying! And to be quite honest, if I was offered the chance to travel (even though the main reason was treatment), I'd take it.

It sounds like a really good opportunity. Being away from your family and friends would probably be scary, but you would make new friends, and it would give you a really good chance to learn about yourself.

So yeah, I have no idea how the long programmes work. In New Zealand, for people who need long programmes, instead of keeping them inpatient they get sent to something called supported accommodation - my flatmate is actually going there in a few weeks.

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Re: Getting help - December 31st 2012, 01:04 AM

Thanks for getting back... Yes it is an inpatient program, two months of what they call Comprehensive Psychiatric Care (To stabilize me) then two months of Post Traumatic Disorder Recovery.

I suppose looking at the traveling makes it a little better to think of going...
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