An alternative to full hospitalziation

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Sounds strange.  What can be an alternative to being admitted to the hospital until they are ready to let you go?

PHP which means Partial Hospitalization Program.  It’s a program where you have the resources of being in the hospital: you have a nurse practitioner, a social worker and you attend groups.  You are picked up and taken to the place and brought back home after the program ends.  It’s what you do in the hospital but you have your afternoons and evenings to do as you normally would.  There is someone there to talk to when you feel like something is going on that you cannot handle.  It meets everyday.

You can learn new coping skills and meet other people with same or similar issues.

I just started attending one.  The only thing is, I wish I had started attending one before things got so bad that I signed myself into a hospital.  I got the help i needed there but with a price of losing my freedom to come and go as I pleased.  Therefore, I find a Partial Hospitalization Program to be very valuable and a good alternative to maybe help prevent hospitalization.  I think if I had been attending a program, perhaps I would have avoided admitting myself.

My suggestion is to look into getting into a program before things get so bad that you need to be admitted to a hospitalization.

Part of bipolar or any other mental health illness is going through depression and learning coping skills for everyday life issues.  These programs provide what you need to get through or sidestep and episode of mania or depression or sadness.

Definitely worth checking out.  We need each other and we always need more coping skills

love to all and take care of you

pb aka peanut butter

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Author: Fighter

I finally accepted what people have been telling me. I am full of knowledge and wisdom and I am unforgettable. My word of encouragement since 2015 has been to let others know, despite the waves and ripples in our lives, Life is totally awesome, even with a mental illness. I believe my purpose is to encourage others, advocate for those around me who have not yet found their voice to advocate for themselves and educate those without a mental illness. If for one for minute someone laughs or smiles because of something I said, that is one moment they did not think about mental illness.

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