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Question Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - December 23rd 2010, 07:15 AM

My friend had a really bad ED and her parents sent her off to rehab. She's been to a lot of dr and psychiatrists already and none if it helped. Do you guts think this'll help her?


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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - December 23rd 2010, 08:40 AM

I think inpatient helped me, but everyone is different. Everyone with an eating disorder recovers differently, but in 3 main categories...some recover fully straight away after inpatient, some may relapse many times over a few years but get there eventually, and some just do not get better, ever.
It also depends what the place is like, I mean I would assume that a general hospital wouldn't help much as the doctors dont specialise in eating disorders (even though I went to general, i benefitted from that)
If it is a rehab center for mental illnesses/addictions, then the person may be exposed to suicidal or really psychotic people which may be frightening or triggering, and there may be a higher focus on those people, and a person with an eating disorder needs different treatment to someone with manic depression.
If the rehab center is focuses on eating disorders, then the patient may benefit most as they get specialised help, however they may also not benefit, being around other anorexics who may be thinner could possibly be triggering, or learning new tips and tricks in the clinic may happen.

Like I said, all people are different, and to benefit from inpatient you need to be the right person in the right place! If you are in the wrong place, it may send you backwards even!
   
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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - December 23rd 2010, 10:22 AM

I hated inpatient.
I was already in a psychiatric unit when I got to my lowest weight, and I was really determined to get to a goal - even though I knew, deep down, that I'd never get to it because it was always getting lower and lower.

It didn't help me at all, besides get a tube down my nose, and then put me on medication that forced me to eat.

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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - December 23rd 2010, 04:47 PM

Yea see i dont think being on a psychiatric unit is good at all, my mum said she would refuse to have me put in there!!! But i was put on the childrens ward, it was a lovely lovely place to be, the atmosphere was calm and the nurses were amazing, i was certainly in the right place!!! i loved it there, even though i did have to be tube fed, i still really loved it, i made a friend for life in there she is 9, and shes so happy and bubbly but she has cystic fibrosis and wont live much longer, she gave me hope and she helped me recover because i realise how lucky i am, i have a perfectly healthy life (minus anorexia) and yet i pretty much wasted it this year!!! So yea because i was around lovely people, i loved inpatient!!!
   
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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - December 23rd 2010, 05:53 PM

I think specialist In-Patient care is really benefitial. However, things may not improve immediately. You may hate it for a while, but things DO get better after time. I've stayed in a Psychiatric Unit, which was not a painful experience. I dont see why everyone is so against them? Its is really good for making friends


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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - December 23rd 2010, 07:53 PM

It depends it can help if SHE wants it to.
   
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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - December 23rd 2010, 10:26 PM

I can't say for sure, as I've never been in an inpatient facility. I think part of it depends on your friend - does she want to get better, or will this treatment help her get to that point? A big part of recovery is a personal desire to improve/get better. It also depends on the facility itself and how it fits for her.

I guess you never know until it's been tried. Support for your friend is incredibly important! Both now and when she is released.



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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - December 23rd 2010, 10:27 PM

It depends on a number of different factors. I think that in patient treatment can definitely be beneficial. I went to inpatient and it helped a bit. It gave me a better understanding of how food works and it opened my eyes to some things. However, the place I went to was not the greatest place and there were some needs of mine that were not being met. I eventually left treatment and have since had a relapse. However, I know another person who went to treatment and benifited from it greatly. She got in to an amazing treatment center and eventually turned her life around. In the end it depends on the person, the place and many other factors.

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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - December 24th 2010, 07:52 AM

Depends how long you stay, your opinion will change the longer you're there.
Being in an open ward is much less painful than being in High Dependancy.
   
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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - December 24th 2010, 07:58 AM

I think it can totally help if you are willing to put in the effort, and want to get help.
Also depends on where you go, and what the plan for you to get better is.


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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - January 7th 2011, 10:18 PM

If you want to get better and defeat ED/Ana, you will. In Patient treatment really worked for me. It is different for everyone. I was so well looked after and I made friends for life. The in patient treatment on the whole definitely works - it just depends if you want it to. It works if you work it! Specialist units and rehabs often work if you feel you are in a safe place and trust those who are helping you get better. It doesn't work for everyone but it worked for me and I would recommend it.
   
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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - January 9th 2011, 11:30 PM

It depends on the person. Inpatient helps some, harms others. It depends if you want it to work for you, and where you get placed. Everyone is different, so everyone will have a different experience.


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Re: Do ED inpatient rehabs really help people? - January 11th 2011, 04:52 AM

I just really want what's best for her


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