Patients with various mental problems and illnesses of different severity are treated in mental health hospitals. They are also called psychiatric hospitals. In many cases patients are admitted there because they can represent a threat to other people around or themselves.
However, sometimes patients can admit themselves as well if they feel a necessity in the treatment. Outpatient and inpatient treatments are available in dependence of the condition of a person. Frequently the patients that get better can be discharged and get lighter treatment not in the hospital already.
Mental health hospitals provide a various range of therapies starting from talk therapies and medications and ending with more serious effective methods. Medicines are given according to the strict schedule and a psychiatrist checks and controls the patients every single day. There are group and individual therapies and also different variation of counseling as well. Sessions and meetings for drug abusers and AA are also held every week.
As it has been aforementioned, every mental health hospitals functions according to a very strict schedule and every part of the day is structured and based on the set of daily routines. Though it may seem very boring and even tense, it is very effective for treatment and helps patients to feel secure. Individual and group therapies are aimed at helping patients to give vent to their feelings and also learn empathy and from the experience of others.
Mental health hospitals do not offer their services free of charge. Actually, they are pretty expensive. In fact, health insurance plans do cover the expenses but only to some extent and only a fixed number of days a year. In case a person’s treatment lasts longer, he or she becomes responsible for all the expenses and it can be pretty costly. There are cases when such therapies ended with serious financial problems for the patients.
The admission to mental health hospitals is a pretty long process. It starts from the revision of a person’s medical history and reasons why he or she is (or applies to be) admitted. Further on a person is searched for drugs, weapons, matches or the like. Body investigation is also carried out. Psychiatrist evaluation is the next and only then if it is considered necessary, a patient is offered a certain therapy and medication management plan.
72 hours is the minimum term of admission to mental health hospitals. Generally, the majority of patients spend much longer there in order for any effect to be seen. However, if it was a patient’s desire to be admitted, he or she can ask to be discharged in 72 hours. It is, nevertheless, in the authority of a doctor to seek a court order to leave a person in the establishment longer, in case it is necessary; there is no difference in this case if a person was admitted or he or she did it on their own will.
There are also cases of a discharge against medical advice (AMA) and they mean that a person left a psychiatric hospital without an approval. In such case does not carry any legal responsibility, provided that a patient can cause harm after the release.