When it is Time to go to the Hospital: 11 Steps to Take Before and After Admission

Art by Rob Goldstein

I don’t do well in mental health settings.

I don’t look sick.

I don’t act like a ‘mental patient’.

Not all people with mental illness end up homeless and hallucinating
on the street.

I also have expectations.

I expect my treatment providers to be as passionate an advocate as I was
when I was a treatment provider.

If you have Dissociative Identity Disorder and you are you are about to enter treatment at a Behavioral Health facility it’s a good idea to prepare.

(1)

Don’t assume that behavioral health professionals are trained psychotherapists. Psychotherapy treats the mind. Behavioral Health treats behaviors.


(2)

If your primary treatment provider is an outside therapist, ask him or
her to communicate your treatment status and history to the facility.
All decisions regarding your stay should be made by your therapist.

(3)

Confirm that intake physician at the treatment facility has spoken to

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