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Should I go to residential? - May 21st 2016, 09:47 PM

Okay so first a little background info:
I'm a sixteen year old girl struggling with anorexia nervosa, depression, anxiety, OCD, and self harm/suicidal ideation. I've been in and out of treatment (including inpatient, partial hospitalization, IOP, and outpatient) since 2014 I believe. I recently got out of partial treatment for probably the fourth time and my eating is declining (like usual) and my self harm and sucidal thoughts are overwhelming, along with intense bouts of anxiety and depression.

My thoughts are maybe residential for co-occurring disorders is a good thing. NOT THAT I WANT TO GO TO TREATMENT, I just feel it would really be beneficial. And the timing with summer is perfect.

Does this sound like a good idea?? Advice please!!!!! Feel free to ask questions too
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Re: Should I go to residential? - May 21st 2016, 10:49 PM

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I'm glad you're looking into treatment options that might be helpful even if it's not what you want to do. I think you can trust your own judgement here. If you really feel like it would help then I think it's a good idea, but your treatment professional(s) and parents would be the best people to talk to about it. If this is something you want to do soon though you should start inquiring now since it can take awhile for a space to become available. Good luck

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Re: Should I go to residential? - May 22nd 2016, 08:55 PM


Thanks for coming to us here!

I've been inpatient 12 times so I know how hard it can be. But like already said, I think that this has to come down to your judgement. Only you know how bad things are for you and you're best and knowing what helps and works for you. If this is something that helps you and you're feeling at your rick bottom then maybe it is something you need to consider.

And if you ever want to talk to us about any of the problems you are experiencing, please feel free to do so. We're always here to listen - not to judge.

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Re: Should I go to residential? - May 22nd 2016, 09:20 PM

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I have only been hospitalized once so far and therefore my experience is limited, but as soon as I gave up on not co-operating the time I spent at the hospital was actually kind of a relief. Even though they obviously don't want you to enjoy it too much I really needed that time to think stuff over and just not have any responsibilities for a while (not to mention the pile of books I read, the wristbands I made in group therapy and the wonderful friend I met there as well). As soon as I got discharged things quickly went back to normal and I'm considering accepting the offer they made me about going to a clinic for up to eight weeks, which is very similar to your idea.

Simply put, I think that this sort of treatment could really be helpful and it will probably keep you from relapsing as quickly as you are now. Of course relapsing is part of recovery, but it can be quite exhausting if it just keeps happening and I see why you feel like you can't go on like this. I agree with the others when it comes to talking to your parents and treatment professionals first, though, to make sure that everything will work out the way you want it to and there won't be any unpleasant surprises in the progress.

I wish you the best of luck and I hope to hear how it went

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Re: Should I go to residential? - May 22nd 2016, 09:28 PM

I understand how frustrating this is. I have been impatient 15 times. Residential once. I am so glad that you are looking into treatment for yourself. But I have to be honest you said you don't want to go to Res but it's probably the best thing. I can tell you right now. If you do not want to go then it wont work and you'll fight it. It's not going to work. Just because it seems like a good idea doesn't mean it will work. You have to want to go and get better.

I was horrible at treatment I thought I was ready but I wasn't at all. My thought is you have to be ready 150% for treatment to work. If you kind of want to get better but kind of don't then it's not going to work.

Do what is best for you and what you feel you are ready to commit to.

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