What Is it?
Inpatient services provide intensive and comprehensive treatment while you stay at the hospital for depression. Formal individual therapy is sometimes provided while in the hospital (depends on the particular clinic), but various forms of group therapy are common, focusing on strategies such as stress management, coping with depression, and discussions about medications and their side effects.
It provides a way for you to recover in a safe and stable environment, allowing you to take a break from some of the daily stresses that contributed to your depression. An inpatient stay can last from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on how much time you need to get back on your feet.
Who Is It For?
Inpatient services are not for anyone who is battling with depression; it’s reserved for only the most severe cases of depression.
If you are at risk of (or have attempted) hurting yourself or others, an inpatient stay at the hospital is appropriate; preventing suicide and violence is the most common reason for hospitalization. A stay in the hospital allows you to get back in control.
If you are unable to function on your own, accessing inpatient services could be discussed with a psychiatrist. Hospitalization makes sense if you are so depressed that you can’t take care of yourself.