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826d

I am thinking that I need to be admitted to a psych ward but I am 18 and afraid of the adult ward. I've only been the the children's ward when I was 15. Does anyone have experience with an adult ward that they could share so I could make an educated decision?

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    • AnxiousUni

      825d

      I just ended a stint at an adult psych ward (29 years old) and can say while I was scared to go at first, it was beyond helpful to be surrounded and supported by those who are going through similar things. The staff takes care of you, supports and pushes you, and you get the medication and coping skills support you need. Yes, the beds are uncomfortable, the bathrooms suck, and sometimes people lose their cool or have outbursts. But overall, it was a decision I needed to make and don't regret.

    • AnxiousUni

      825d

      I just ended a stint at an adult psych ward (29 years old) and can say while I was scared to go at first, it was beyond helpful to be surrounded and supported by those who are going through similar things. The staff takes care of you, supports and pushes you, and you get the medication and coping skills support you need. Yes, the beds are uncomfortable, the bathrooms suck, and sometimes people lose their cool or have outbursts. But overall, it was a decision I needed to make and don't regret.

    • Emo_Enby_99

      825d

      I definitely advise towards going. It's not easy or fun, but most of the time it's just people like us who need help. If you decide to go forth with this then maybe bring up your concerns with staff. In my time I've been to many different in patient psychiatric facilities and hospitals and most will talk to through the process and help you work through it.

    • Lovely_Mess

      825d

      As someone who's been in and out of psych only as an adult, just know that everyone kinda finds who they wanna hang with and are really open n friendly to new people. We're all there to get better.

    • Sandia721

      825d

      I was in the Psych ward at 29 and mostly hung out with a bunch of 21 year olds. I did make friends there and everyone was very nice. I do also have the experience of having worked in a psych ward briefly as well and have seen that patients do usually form groups and get to know each other and make each other feel welcome.

    • leggy

      825d

      i was in the psych ward when i was 19 and it scared me to be with the adults but surprisingly everyone was really nice and the staff made sure everyone was safe. i’m sure ever ward is different but that was just my experience. wishing you the best

    • Kid

      825d

      I too have this fear, in my case I was supposed to go to the children’s ward when I was 15 and then the pandemic happened and everything was shut down just like that. Now it’s practically over but I’m 18 and feel lost on what to do

      • Masscrystal

        825d

        @Kid keep on moving forward

      • Masscrystal

        825d

        @Kid help is scary to go for sometimes but u know I think it’s better you go because in life you don’t have time to not do things cuz of fear if you think ya need it go I get it’s terrifying it will be a life experience and you get to decide what to do with it either learn and heal from it or don’t and just suffer from it if you don’t like it if u do then grow

    • Masscrystal

      825d

      I’ve been to adult ward they usually have groups to help with mental illness and have other people there who struggle with a lot of things. Usually they’re pretty nice and want to help u. Nurses give u meds make sure u don’t hurt yourself or anyone else. They also usually give u snacks the one I went too had a tv too. They have coloring stuff there as well. Coffee it’s not the best but it’s probably the best thing they have in the morning and if you get to go to the cafeteria there’s sometimes coffee there too. Also they have ice cream sometimes. They will do blood draws when u get there. Change ur meds if needed. U have a doctor there a case worker. It’s probably the best place to go if you need meds changed fast and a doctor who will be able to help u with meds also if your feel unsafe and need supervision too. Reply if u have any questions 🤍

      • EliotWaugh

        825d

        @Masscrystal Are the blood draws mandatory??

        • Masscrystal

          825d

          @EliotWaugh safe

        • Masscrystal

          825d

          @EliotWaugh yes because the need to check your levels to make sure what changes they make are sfe

    • loveshespoke

      826d

      I was first hospitalized at 17 in an adolescent unit, then again at 18 and 19 in adult facilities. The adult units were only equally intense, and those who were semi-functional kind of banded together to take care of me as the baby. Not something I ever would have imagined wanting, but it was actually really nice to have everyone rooting for you and looking out for your best interests. It won't be so bad. Take care of yourself.

    • Sunshine_Sue

      826d

      I’ve only been on an adult wing. I found it very helpful. I understand how you feel. I was scared the first time I went in but everyone was wonderful. If you need the help please reach out to someone that can help you go through the process and make it a positive stay. Prayers

      • EliotWaugh

        825d

        @Sunshine_Sue Do they force any medical tests on you?

        • Sunshine_Sue

          825d

          @EliotWaugh no. They do give you a good look over to check for scars and marks on your body. You can not have tie shoes or they take out your shoelaces. The same with shirts or pants/shorts. The want you to be safe. A medical dr will check you out to make sure you don’t have any illnesses. You only see the medical dr one time unless you feel you need fro see them again. Of course everywhere is different. That’s what I’ve experienced. I pray you will go get the help you need. They have groups you can go to. You also see a therapist every week and a psychiatrist weekly too. Every time I was in it was a big help to me. You can come across people that you don’t get along with but that only happened to me one time. I just avoided that person. Always let the staff know if someone is giving you a hard time. Staff is usually great!

    • SleepyAnya

      826d

      I’d recommend looking into partial hospitalization as well. My sister has done both at the same facility and partial was far more helpful and frankly more humane.

    • Winston

      826d

      You could look into partial hospitalization programs to do your toes in the water without having to stay inpatient

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