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depression is taking over

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I've been struggling with depression and have started having suicidal thoughts. I've been calling around to referrals for the past 3 days and have been unable to find a place I can afford without insurance. I think I just need an anti-depressant to help me feel better. If I go to the emergency room and tell them about my suicidal thoughts, will they have to keep me? I don't know who else to ask for a prescription that doesn't require payment up front.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  DrFee replied 1 year ago.

DrFee :

Hello! Please remember that my response is for information only, we are not establishing a therapeutic relationship.

DrFee :

The ER will only keep you if you are in immediate or "imminent" danger to harm yourself. Thoughts alone are not criteria enough for an involuntary hospitialization --there needs to be also a plan, means, and intent (i.e. you can't keep yourself safe).

DrFee :

There are some psychiatric ERs in some states --if there is one in your area I would suggest you go there.

DrFee :

I'm sorry that you've been having so much trouble finding help.

DrFee :

Hello --did what I said make sense to you?

Customer:

yes it did. thank you. If I have signs of being a self-harmer but tell them I can keep myself safe, my word is enough, correct?

DrFee :

Yes --but if you have any doubts yourself that you can't keep yourself safe, then I'd encourage you to do a voluntary admission.

Customer:

in a voluntary admission would I still be able to leave at any point if I decide to?

DrFee :

Yes

Customer:

ok thank you

DrFee :

You are welcome

DrFee :

I would ask first, by the way, if you can leave any time, don't take my word for it.

Customer:

ok good to know. is that something you think they could tell me over the phone. I just dont want to go in and get stuck

DrFee :

I understand that --but from what I understand a voluntary psych. admission is the same as a voluntary general hospital admission, but yes, I'd ask on the phone and they should be able to tell you how they in particular handle those situations.

Customer:

ok thanks for your feedback. I think I'm going to go ahead and go

DrFee :

I'd ask, "under what circumstances would you not immediately let me leave if I decide I want to?"

DrFee :

You are welcome

DrFee :

Patient rights should be readily available and in writing ---

Customer:

in a psych eval what do they do, do they do blood tests to see if you've taken anything, do you know?

DrFee :

I'm sorry that I don't know, but you could ask that on the phone as well.

Customer:

ok im done here thank you

DrFee :

You are welcome. Best wishes to you.

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