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Ignorance Toward Hospital Admissions
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Ignorance Toward Hospital Admissions

How many of you have dealt with sheer ignorance from friends and loved ones when you were admitted to the hospital?

I just got out of a five day stay in the locked down unit of the local psych ward for a schizophrenic episode.  A family member actually tried to guilt trip me for having gone.  A friend was getting angry with me because I'm on disability and they can't get on it because their physical disability won't last longer than 12 months or result in death.  A few other friends have been dismissive of the reason why I was there even when I disclosed that one patient had slit their throat all the way through to the windpipe and yet they were only in the locked down unit for one day and I didn't even have a plan to hurt anyone (myself included) although I wasn't sure if I was going to or not.  To top it all off, the person who caused me to snap via emails actually had the gall to call me while I was in the psych ward and from an entirely different country where international rates would apply.  Luckily I had improved greatly from a state of babbling incoherently and such where their calling me didn't effect me much.
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I was in lock down for two weeks for being suicidal.  My mom asked me if it was something she had done,,,,of course none of them knew I was bipolar until I went in.
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The last time I was admitted was two years ago over July 4th. Since I had planned to go to my Mom's for the holiday I had to call her and tell her I couldn't come and why. Her response was, "is it your thing again?" my thing. She can't say bipolar. It really irritates me when she calls it "thing".
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that sounds tough, but try to give them a break on this one.  To be on the other side of things is a different thing.  Speaking from someone who has had a close family in the psych ward several times to have to deal with a psychotic breakdown, take care of finances and everything, and to take care of that person who is temporarily quite frankly lost their mind, well it is a painful thing to put it mildly.  I know its hard to understand, but try to understand how hard it is for them as well.
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I went to the hospital in december but was not admitted due to no insurance and since i was not going to harm myself. Found out am severely allergic to abilify and my sister was against me going to the hospital. After the fact, she was happy i did because we found out what was wrong and were able to correct it. People especially family i have been told by my therapist act the way they do because of a few reasons they may be in denial, or they may feel guilty.
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The ones who actually had to deal with my bills and such didn't do this kind of thing so it's not that.  It was mostly friends/family who I talk to over the phone or online because I don't live near them.
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