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    I have had on-going mental health issues for years such as diagnosed anxiety disorder and potential bi-polar. I also suffer from panic attacks.

    These panic attacks are getting worse and are stopping me form going to work, uni and even getting out of bed.

    I was on a prozac-like medication but they took me off it when they suspected bi-polar and as they are still trying to work out if I do have bi-polar they won't put me on anything else.

    This anxiety is crippling and my depression means I feel like I can't cope with much more.

    I want to be admitted so that I won't do anything like hurting myself as it's a seriously possibility right now.

    Any ideas on how I could go about getting admitted in would be much appreciated!
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    I have no idea but I really do wish you well. Mental health issues are awful to live with. If you become desperate, take yourself off to the unit and don't budge until they take you seriously. I hope you're feeling more yourself in no time.

    You may find it useful to ask on www.moneysavingexpert.com - there are all kinds of professionals there that should be able to help you.
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    I don't know the best way but if you discuss it with your doctor they may be able to help you. If you get to a point where you think you are going to harm yourself then call 999 and after assessing you (unfortunately you'll be waiting a long time) they may decide to put you on a hospital ward.
    My advice, if possible, is to have someone with you all the time. Someone to cry to or just get you what you need whilst you lie in bed. Have your doctors prescribed you any other medication? If you can get them to prescribe diazapan then that'd really help the worst of your anxiety attacks. But it is very addictive.
    I don't know what else to suggest other than keep asking for help, don't let them fob you off with some unhelpful treatment. Refuse to leave the room until you are happy with what they are giving you.
    Good luck *hugs*
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    Go to A&E if you're in immediate risk of hurting yourself

    If not immediate, make an emergency appointment with your GP

    If you're with services (e.g. CMHT) then contact them ASAP

    BE SAFE
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I have had on-going mental health issues for years such as diagnosed anxiety disorder and potential bi-polar. I also suffer from panic attacks.

    These panic attacks are getting worse and are stopping me form going to work, uni and even getting out of bed.

    I was on a prozac-like medication but they took me off it when they suspected bi-polar and as they are still trying to work out if I do have bi-polar they won't put me on anything else.

    This anxiety is crippling and my depression means I feel like I can't cope with much more.

    I want to be admitted so that I won't do anything like hurting myself as it's a seriously possibility right now.

    Any ideas on how I could go about getting admitted in would be much appreciated!
    If you're over 18, then you have no idea what you're asking for. There's nothing worse than adult mental health wards.... If you're younger, some wards are okish and quite supportive. But to be honest - it should really be your last resort.
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    (Original post by Ciel.)
    If you're over 18, then you have no idea what you're asking for. There's nothing worse than adult mental health wards.... If you're younger, some wards are okish and quite supportive. But to be honest - it should really be your last resort.
    Have you been to both? How do you know?
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    (Original post by Little Popcorns)
    Have you been to both? How do you know?
    I've been to an adult ward (twice) and can honestly say it sucks.

    You are basically just left on your own all the time. You see a doctor once a week and that is basically it. You get given your meds in the evening and the rest of the day you just sit around doing nothing. My advice if you ever are admitted to a ward is to take lots of books with you and make sure you have lots of music on your phone / iPod because all you'll be doing all day is reading and listening to music.

    Nothing special happens when you are in hospital. You don't get any extra treatment or anything. You are just left to your own devices. Of course if you refuse to take your medication then they can force you to take it but that's about it. Oh and I did have a few blood tests when I was admitted but that was it.
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    (Original post by McNuggetsAhoy)
    I've been to an adult ward (twice) and can honestly say it sucks.

    You are basically just left on your own all the time. You see a doctor once a week and that is basically it. You get given your meds in the evening and the rest of the day you just sit around doing nothing. My advice if you ever are admitted to a ward is to take lots of books with you and make sure you have lots of music on your phone / iPod because all you'll be doing all day is reading and listening to music.

    Nothing special happens when you are in hospital. You don't get any extra treatment or anything. You are just left to your own devices. Of course if you refuse to take your medication then they can force you to take it but that's about it. Oh and I did have a few blood tests when I was admitted but that was it.
    I dont see the point of them unless you were aboslutely insane and didnt know up from down risking walking into the road into busses or harming others and stuff.

    All they will do is fill you up with benzoes I guess so you could easily do that yourself.
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    (Original post by Harambulus)
    I dont see the point of them unless you were aboslutely insane and didnt know up from down risking walking into the road into busses or harming others and stuff.

    All they will do is fill you up with benzoes I guess so you could easily do that yourself.
    Generally you only get put in hospital if you are a risk to yourself or others. It is highly unlikely that you would be put in hospital for an anxiety disorder.

    Most of the time you don't even get benzos and also you don't really have the choice as to whether you go into hospital or not. You either go in voluntarily or you are sectioned and then the police come and get you.
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    In your position, I would talk to someone, parents, good friend about how you feel. If necessary, if you live alone or 'effectively alone' (ie in uni accommodation but withdrawn etc) then you need to be where others can keep an eye on you.

    Things may seem bleak and the road ahead may be long before a new dawn emerges but I have been, mentally, down some very dark places and com out the other side!
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I have had on-going mental health issues for years such as diagnosed anxiety disorder and potential bi-polar. I also suffer from panic attacks.

    These panic attacks are getting worse and are stopping me form going to work, uni and even getting out of bed.

    I was on a prozac-like medication but they took me off it when they suspected bi-polar and as they are still trying to work out if I do have bi-polar they won't put me on anything else.

    This anxiety is crippling and my depression means I feel like I can't cope with much more.

    I want to be admitted so that I won't do anything like hurting myself as it's a seriously possibility right now.

    Any ideas on how I could go about getting admitted in would be much appreciated!
    In the UK it's not as simple as just saying you want to be admitted and getting admitted, unless you go private. There are extremely few beds in the NHS at the moment and they are generally reserved for very acutely unwell patients, usually detained under the mental health act. I would be careful before fully committing yourself to trying to get admitted, adult wards are not nice places. They are very boring and you will be with very unwell people, sometimes violent people. They are no where near therapeutic and you will not get a lot of support besides seeing the dr once a week in ward round.

    However, if you feel that you are at imminent risk of seriously harming yourself (so suicide or severe self harm likely to result in permanent injury), the best place to go is your local A&E. You will be assessed by the psychiatric team and then possibly admitted if they feel it is appropriate and in your best interests. If things aren't quite that bad yet, see your GP ASAP, and explain what's going on.

    There are alternatives to hospital which you may be interested in. There is the home treatment team, who will provide intense support at home, or if you are not already with them, maybe a referral to the local specialist mental health team will help.

    Good luck with whichever route you choose.



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