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It is certainly your choice whether or not you go into the hospital. Unless you are suicidal or homicidal with a plan or you have deteriorated so badly that you are not able to function in your daily life, your family or your doctor cannot force you into the hospital.
I can understand that they feel they are acting in your best interest. Maybe it is something they see that they are concerned about, or it may be that one of them feels that you should go and the rest are following along. But for whatever reason, they feel concerned about you.
But it seems you do not feel the same as they do. If you do not feel the hospital helps you and you only feel worse if you go, then you can certainly refuse. You may try talking to your family and doctor about alternative treatments. One possible alternative is group therapy. There are some programs that allow you to have a more intensive outpatient treatment experience through multiple group and/or individual therapy sessions during the week. You could also try support groups which may provide you with additional support to help supplement your treatment. Talk to your doctor and therapist about alternatives. You could also increase your medication or ask your treatment team for their own ideas about alternatives.
You can still say no to an inpatient stay. It is still up to you. But if you feel it would benefit you in any way, it may be worth it. Just tell your doctor you want as short a stay as possible. Also, as long as you go in on a 201, you have the choice to leave. Just be sure you leave when it benefits you, and not before hand. You could end up harming yourself if you leave during an important medication change.
You may also want to talk to your doctor about taking medications that do not require hospital stays to change. I don't know if that is possible in your situation, but it is worth a try.
They may just want to give you time to think things through on your own. A way of giving you more choice in what you want to do. No one wants to hurt you. They just want to help. And this is what they feel will do it.
It's a voluntary commitment. It means that you go to the hospital and sign yourself in. A 302 is an involuntary commitment. In order to do a 302, someone has to witness you saying you intend on hurting yourself, or someone else and you have show intent by stating a plan or you are harming yourself by not caring for yourself and you are at risk.
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