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    I know I'm late to this too, but a close family member has been to a mental health unit several times. The first time they were very hesitant, now they practically nag their psychiatrist to go back all the time, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchknickers View Post
    I just feel so bad leaving my kids again. I spent two weeks away in may and it was so so hard on them and me ;and dh.)
    But you will come back a better mum that is able to better serve your childrens and your own needs because you will learn strategies and coping skills. My dd stayed with me as I was in a mother baby unit and ds and dh came and visited twice a week. Another option is a day program.... I'm not sure where you are but alot of mental health facilities have them for those that have jobs, families etc.

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    Thanks. No option of an outpatient program as we are in the middle of nowhere, lack of services is so frustrating. Is the buderim one private? My hubby deals with the toowoomba one alot but they only take you as an emergency. Merryn thanks for your experience too, as I said, I'll be back later. I really appreciate it. I'm so so tired today after my episode last night. Supposed to walk around Aussie world tomorrow.

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    I couldn't read and not reply.
    This is nothing to be embarrassed about. Even if DOCS were to become involved - and I don't think they would as you've voluntarily admitted yourself and there's no issues of abuse, neglect etc - as someone else said, they would see a mum who is caring for her children.
    It's a big step, realising that you need to get treatment for your issues. That's the hardest part, you're not in denial and working to address your issues.
    You should be proud, not ashamed Ffrenchie. Hold your head up high and do what you need to do to start your recovery. I know you don't want to leave the kids but they sound as though they have an awesome mum and dad, and your partner can care for them while you're getting help. It's kinda a grater good scenario. Your kids will be happy that you've gotten help and they have a healthier and happier mum for it. Thinking of you and feel better soon xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchknickers View Post
    Thanks. No option of an outpatient program as we are in the middle of nowhere, lack of services is so frustrating. Is the buderim one private? My hubby deals with the toowoomba one alot but they only take you as an emergency. Merryn thanks for your experience too, as I said, I'll be back later. I really appreciate it. I'm so so tired today after my episode last night. Supposed to walk around Aussie world tomorrow.
    Hope you get some rest. Speak tomorrow. I lived 2 hours away from brisbane at the time when I had a 2 week stay there (near gympie). Belmont is brilliant. Yes buderim is private but you can choose to go just a couple of days rather then every day to make it more affordable. If you would like I could send you the workbooks I got in the day program and you could have a look through them yourself at home.

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    As a mother who has suffered from acute and chronic depression and anxiety, drug addiction, an eating disorder and at times suicidal ideation herself, I can assure you that the best thing you can be doing for yourself and your children is to do whatever it takes to makes life easier for you.

    Unhappy mother = unhappy kids, kids learn what they see no matter how clean and tidy they are.

    I applaud you for considering volunary admission - too many of us wait until we lose control and are hauled away against our will.. much more traumatic for all involved.

    I am on Pristiq too.. its a great drug.

    You will get through this. The fact you're talking about the problems is such a huge first step. I am sure you're brave enough to take the next step and see if inpatient services can help.

    Hug hugs Ffrenchie

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    Is Belmont private? I'm desperate. Hubby said I'd have to do some convincing to get toowoomba to take me. Belmont is four hours from here but that's ok if it's inpatient.

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    Would that be Baillie Henderson? I've heard some not so good things about it since moving here. I can't say for sure what it's like though.

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    Op I just wanted to say I admire you for reaching out and getting the support you need. Also re: DOCS involvement, they would definitely see this as a protective factor for your children therefore not concerning to them. As long as your babies are safe and being looked after in your absence then they have no issue.
    I really hope you have the time you need.

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    I've missed what happened last night.

    Just wanted to give you some love and repeat what everyone else has said, take care of you xxx

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