Should I Go To The Hospital If I Feel Suicidal, And If So, What Would They Do?


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Activist Profile
Activist answered
Well if you tell them you have had thoughts of suicide they will medicate you. Who knows if it'll help or make it worse..

I had a friend in NC that was more on the insane side more so than sane. His parents had enough of his random tantrums (which sometimes got physical) so they took him to a shrink who then forwarded him to a mental institution where they heavily drugged him on a daily basis. 

He is my friend so I went to visit him one day about 3 months after he arrived there.  He was not the person I remember.  His speech, body language and overall reaction speed was decreased tremendously. 

I felt really bad and told his parents what these forced medications was doing to him and they did what they had to do to get him out. Now 6 years later he is finally recovered from that whole ordeal.

You know what the original cause of his crazy behavior was? It was meth! It almost turned him into a psychopath.
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Activist commented
Try and seek counselling first before you go to the hospital and tell them you had suicidal thoughts.. They might do the same thing they did to my friend Thomas.. Good luck & I hope you feel better.
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Lily Bradic answered
Call your local health-service first, talk to someone on the phone, and then decide what you want to do. Sometimes, they'll send out a 'crisis team' to talk to you, or you'll be told to visit a local hospital.
What If It's Late At Night?
It doesn't matter what time of day or night it is - I ended up there at 4am once - but they'll give you someone to talk to, and if you don't feel safe going home alone, they'll let you stay there. I don't know how easy it is to get out once you're in, though.

What Can They Do?
If you're over 18, they can't do anything unless you're a danger to yourself or someone else, from what I've gathered.They can give you Valium or an equivalent drug to calm you down and relax you. These drugs are usually quite sedating if you haven't taken them before, so be prepared to feel a little drowsy. They can talk to you, or refer you to someone who can talk to you. The staff are there to help. Listen to you. Sometimes, just talking about something can make it better.

By seeking advice, you're doing the right thing. You need to let someone know how bad you're feeling - don't make out it's nothing serious, because it is. Tell a close friend or family member - one who'll be there for you, without smothering you by worrying too much - and get medical advice, as soon as possible.

Mood disorders can be so erratic - you might be feeling suicidal now, which is reason in itself to get help - but in ten minutes' time, you could be on the verge of doing something stupid.

Look after yourself. As Jeanette Winterson says in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, "no emotion is the final one." You won't always feel this bad. However dark things seem, there's always a way through them.

Hope you're okay. Good luck - and go to that hospital!

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