Committing someone to a mental institution...*Headed home then will answer a few more.
I work in mental health and commit people to psych units for a living. It's incredibly sad but incredibly worthwhile at the same time. I evaluate them in the ER and determine if they are able to go home, get them in touch with outpatient services as needed, help with substance abuse, and sometimes hospitalize them (by their own request or by an involuntary committment).
I'm at work right now and It's kind of slow at the moment. I have some free time.
So I guess this is one of those "ask me anything" posts that sometimes drive me nuts. I just figured that some people might have questions especially with everything that has been going on in the national news related to mental health.
So...Ask me anything...I will answer as best I can while protecting the confidentiality of my patients.
I also work with dementia patients, post partum, and teens.
And I have also signed myself into a psych unit in the past. I think it helps my empathy with the patients though I don't TELL them that I was there, I can kind of anticipate their questions and fears. Feel free to ask about that too if you like.
I'm headed home now 7:18AM where I'm at. I'm on page 9 with questions and will answer more as I can when I get home before heading to bed.