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How a Psychiatric Advance Directive Could Help in a Mental Health Crisis

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Hospitalizations for mental health can be helpful, but for some people, they can create traumatic memories and distrust of doctors, especially if the facility is less than ideal.

My own personal experiences with hospitalization have shown that facilities can vary greatly, and that advocating for yourself in advance is important to the type of experience you may have.

As an adolescent, I entered a local behavioral health inpatient program where the entire floor of teenagers were given an anticonvulsant at night regardless of diagnosis, which almost resulted in liver failure for me by the time I was discharged.

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