n Mental Health Matters - Psychiatric hospitalisation - attending to mental crises




When it comes to hospitalisation, it's not often that we think of it as needed for our mental health, but rather for supporting and restoring our physical wellbeing. Patients are also generally far more accepting of the necessity for a medical procedure than they are of a psychiatric or psychological intervention. "There's a lot of stigma and fear surrounding psychiatric hospitals, because of they way they have been portrayed," says PsychMatters clinical psychologist, Sheethal Behari. All of this makes it more complicated to determine when a mentally ill patient needs in-hospital care and how to go about ensuring they receive the kind of treatment necessary.


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