When hospitalization is warranted
Through the years, doctors and experts in the realm of mental health have been able to decipher various ranges of severity in terms of symptoms. Far from the archaic methods utilized in the past, we now have an entire plethora of treatments and different facilities at our disposal. Suffering from a mental health issue or psychiatric problem is not the end of the world any longer, and many of the stigmas and thought processes regarding those who suffer from these issues and the types of treatment involved have greatly lessened over the past forty years.
That being said, mental health professionals still need to be able to make accurate and speedy assessments in order to determine how serious a patient’s symptoms are, and to figure out the best course of action to take. Having access to a patient as early as possible when the onset of mental health symptoms hit is usually the most ideal scenario. More often than not, they will start appearing at an earlier age, which makes it doubly important for children and adolescents to get screened for mental or behavioral health issues. With around 50 percent of children developing mental health symptoms by the age of 14, you can see why most mental health experts recommend that treatment be conducted as early as possible.
Sometimes, an individual will require hospitalization in order to treat a particular condition, and it becomes too serious of an issue to settle with just partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment and therapy. If there is a recommendation made by a mental health professional that involves hospitalization, it generally would be because the thought process is that it will require weeks of intense focus, therapy and treatment in order to effectively deal with the particular problem. Oftentimes it may be because they feel that the patient is either a danger to themselves or to others; regardless of the precise symptoms, it is important to understand what the mental health disorders are that require this type of intensive inpatient treatment.
To get a better understanding of what illnesses require hospitalization, you must first be able to accept that an individual suffering from a significant issue may go one of two ways: they either admit themselves to the hospital, or they are admitted involuntary if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others. Hospitalization is often recommended when an individual needs to be monitored very closely and properly evaluated. It generally gives the mental health professional or hospital the opportunity to be thoroughly examined during the duration of an acute mental health episode.
Some more common reasons for hospitalization may be:
- Severe Depression
- Suicidal Behavior, Ideations or Threats of Suicide
- Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there
- Not eating or sleeping for several days
- Having significant substance abuse problems
- Not being able to take care of their daily needs, such as eating or bathing
- Unsuccessful treatment with previous medication and therapy
Hospitalization can be a very important aspect of therapy, and in some cases it may be the only thing that can make a significant difference. Some men and women are able to check themselves in voluntarily, while others may be involuntarily brought depending upon their particular circumstances; regardless, mental health hospitalization and treatment is a very important aspect in the medical community. Contact SBC Wilmington today for more questions about inpatient care, hospitalization and the various therapies we offer; call us at 855-537-2262.