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.

Common Concerns

There are a lot of misperceptions about inpatient services. Yes, staying at an inpatient clinic can feel awkward and unnerving, but they’re not the scary places you may be thinking of. Common concerns that guys tend to have include:

“The hospital is just for ‘crazy’ people”

Inpatient services at the hospital are for anyone who has reached the point where depression is too hard to handle while at home. Just like with other serious medical problems, sometimes depression requires treatments that can only be provided in a hospital.

You don’t want to be institutionalized or sent to an asylum

When in the hospital, there will likely be some tight restrictions, some of which may be hard to accept, but keep in mind that they are in place for the safety of you and other people staying at the clinic.

Access to Inpatient Services

Access to inpatient services will likely differ slightly depending on where you live. Generally, admission to an inpatient clinic must be done by a psychiatrist affiliated with the clinic. Admission is also made through the emergency room services of the hospital where the clinic is located.

Discharge from Inpatient Services

When the inpatient service staff determine that you’ve come along well enough to continue your recovery from home, you will be discharged from the clinic.

Discharge will include putting into place a recovery plan that can include community services or other mental health professionals. It’s very important to follow up with other services and professionals to which you are referred.