So I'm a 17 yr old girl living in NY with severe depression and anxiety. I'm also super new to this website. Has anyone on here been to any Inpatient hospital programs in NY or any relatively close states (ie: CT, NJ, PA, etc) that they'd recommend? Because I have a limited amount of time before my shrink and my parents are going to make me chose a place to go.
I'm not particular about location.
I'd love to wear my own clothes
**Any details about good outpatient programs would be GREATLY appreciated: I'm at the end of my school year (Junior in highschool), and I still have a lot of stuff to do, and I just want to get it over with.**
Something not too "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"- esque.
NOT something super long term (if possible). Max for me would preferably be around 3 weeks
Depression and anxiety are common at your age. It's part of growing up. I am not so sure why you are so happy about heading for temporary confinement in a mental institution. I suggest, before you head for one you read the books by the late Dr. Thomas Szasz about the problems associated with voluntary mental hospitalization. One of his books was "The Myths of Mental Illness". They may not let you out. I will tell ,you a tale about a delightful brilliant seventeen year female teenager in New York who submitted to voluntary mental observation in a very well known New York facility. She got into problems with the staff and called me to get her out. This would take a while. The security guards pushed her around. She resisted and they charged her with assault. They returned her to the facility. In the meantime she or aggravated and set fire to a wastebasket. They had her arrested for arson! Then she got sentenced to jail! Then she violated her terms of ,probation and became a fugitive! I helped her get away (the statute of limitations is long over).
You do not have to listen to your parents or your shrink to go to a program or continue treatment. Such "voluntary" commitment can forever close many job opportunities to you.
Dr.Szasz wrote several books detailing how "temporary" hospitalization became "permanent", and often lasted for many years. If they assure you this can't happen they lie. Dr. Szasz documented hundreds of such cases.
If someone was suicidal, I would not hesitate to suggest they talk to someone, but for teenage anxiety and depression...that's another story.
I suggest you read the book "Psychiatric Justice" by Dr. Szasz, that contains the case histories of patients who allowed themselves to be voluntarily admitted and were never released. I am involved helping a woman right now to get released after such an evaluation.
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