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    Default Asking to go to hospital.

    I was hospitalised for my depression and anxiety in December 2012. I was there for just under two weeks and it really helped. For the last few months, since before Christmas, I have been gradually getting bad again. My depression is always there but is at times held at bay. I've been on the same strength of meds since I was in hospital (100mg clomipramine) until Wednesday when my gp increase it to 125mg. I am trying to get into my psychiatrist but haven't heard back, I will ring again tomorrow morning. I'm not feeling any better, probably a bit worse actually. I'm not suicidal but have thought about death, if that makes sense. I want to go to hospital, I feel safe there. Can I ask to go? I'm scared they'll say that I'm not bad enough to go in. If I can't get I to see my psychiatrist tomorrow, I'm going to ring my gp. I'm meant to go back to him Thursday but he said come sooner if I feel worse. What do I say? Do I just ask to be put in? Can I do that?

    Apologies if this doesn't make sense, I am very flustered/shaky.

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    Firstly if you have private cover you should be able to ask to go. You would need to see a doctor with admitting rights at the hospital (or clinic), probably your psychiatrist. If you can't get hold of your psychiatrist then maybe your GP could try calling them.

    If you have public then you would need to go through the emergency department and take a letter from your GP. Unfortunately public mental health beds are very, very scarce.

    Do you have someone to support you at home so you can get a break and talk to in the mean time? There are community services and people who can come and talk with you, I am sure your GP would be able to help refer you to one of those.

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    Thank you for replying.

    I have PHI for this very reason.

    The kids are with my mum, who is not far from here. I'm fine tonight, as in, I'm not going to do anything silly. I just want it to be tomorrow already.

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    I'm pretty sure my GP has admitting rights to that hospital. He organised my last admission through the psychiatrist anyway I think.

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    I don't see why you wouldn't be able to ask them to admit you. But...I know that one of the private inpatient clinics in Brisbane has a really, really long waiting list at the moment.

    I would ask, if they refuse ask them for additional in home care.


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    Just wanted to send you some massive hugs and some support at what must be a very horrible time for you.

    Cheerilee has beaten me to it and given some good advice. It is good to hear that you have your mum for support and PHI.

    Wishing you luck in getting the help you need tomorrow and also some strength for tonight.

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    Thank you so much. I'm in Toowoomba and I think they extended the mental health wing at the private hospital last year so hopefully there is room.

    I just want to feel better.

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    I really hope that you manage to work out a plan of attack tomorrow & start to feel better as soon as possible. I had crushing depression as a teen, and sometimes no matter what the reality of a situation was, everything around me would have negatives that seemed to crush my spirit and push me deeper. It's not a nice feeling to be out of control.

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    Sorry to hear you're not doing so great. I struggle with anxiety & depression so I do have a bit of an understanding of what you're going through.

    I believe you can definitely just ask for what you want from your GP - since you have insurance, you can just ask for a referral to go to whichever provider you feel is best for you. Perhaps to feel like you have a bit of control over it you can ring around a few places and see what the wait is like to get in, and if there's anything in particular the GP can include on the referral to get you in asap?

    Best of luck, be gentle with yourself

    Jules x

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    Thank you girls. Your replies mean the world.

    I've just written my feelings down in the notes app on my phone so I can show dr tomorrow because I am likely to forget most of them.

    Toowoomba only has two mental health units, one at the public hospital and one at one of the two private hospitals plus a mental institution for very unwell patient's (can't think of the word, sorry if I offended).


 

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