Hospitals & Hospitalization

How to Find a Therapist Who Does Not Panic

How to Find a Therapist Who Does Not Panic

The wonderful blog attemptsurvivors.com recently published a post, “Wanted, Therapists Who Won’t Panic.” Some therapists do in fact panic when faced with a client who says he or she wants to die by suicide. This can take several forms. A panicky therapist may all too quickly recommend psychiatric hospitalization, even when it is not really […]

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The Most Dangerous Time: Suicide After Discharge from a Psychiatric Hospital

The Most Dangerous Time: Suicide After Discharge from a Psychiatric Hospital

There are many characteristics that place a person at higher risk for suicide – depression, substance use, a prior suicide attempt, as examples.  It is important for clinicians to know that an especially dangerous characteristic, one that exponentially increases the chances of suicide, is recent discharge from a psychiatric hospital. I am at the Aeschi West […]

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Involuntary Hospitalization: From Ally to Adversary?

Involuntary Hospitalization: From Ally to Adversary?

You are listening to a client describe very specific plans to attempt suicide by overdosing. She has 94 pills of a potentially lethal medication at home. She knows the number because she has counted, again and again, in a sort of ritual to prepare herself for the act. A familiar unease settles in you. You ask […]

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Will I Be Committed to a Mental Hospital if I Tell a Therapist about my Suicidal Thoughts?

Will I Be Committed to a Mental Hospital if I Tell a Therapist about my Suicidal Thoughts?

You may be seriously considering suicide and yet not want to tell a therapist, because you fear landing in a mental hospital. If you go to a therapist or psychiatrist and tell them you are seriously thinking of killing yourself, that does not necessarily mean you will be hospitalized. Hospitals are very strict these days […]

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