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  •  Just for those who don't know (2+ / 0-)
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    COwoman, indubitably

    the law generally is that you can be held for 72 hours against your will, but that afterwards if you don't want to sign yourself in and they want you to stay, they have to go to court - usually a judge comes to the facility and does several hearings at once.

    I have had serious depression myself but have never been hospitalized. My son is psychotic and uses drugs, and I have dealt with the system since he was a child. He is someone who sometimes does need to be held against his will, and I have sometimes had the opposite problem from yours. When he can't get a bed somewhere, he often ends up in jail, our new type of facility for the mentally ill.

    I can understand how frightening it all can be. I worked as a psychologist in a state hospital in the 70's for almost eight years, so I've seen that side of things as well, only we got the people without insurance, or when their insurance ran out.

    Glad you finally found help.

    By the way I never had anti-depressants until I was in my 50's, and will keep taking them. I've been depressed at some level all my life. Sometimes medication really does what it is supposed to do.

    Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

    by ramara on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:22:37 PM PDT

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