What is Partial Hospitalization and when is it needed?
If you or a loved one is struggling with symptoms of depression, there is hope that you can learn a better way to live. The best way to do this is by acknowledging that you don’t have to live this way any longer and there is help available. One of the best ways to begin to recover from depression is by entering an outpatient program, which is also known as a partial hospitalization program.
For most people suffering from symptoms of depression, it’s a daily struggle. It’s difficult to go to work or school, and it’s increasingly hard to maintain any type of relationship with friends, family and significant others. Due to the severity of depression with some people, meeting for one or two hours per session a couple of times per week isn’t enough to put a dent in the problem.
When people are experiencing problems like not being able to leave the house or having thoughts of self-harm, it is time to consider partial hospitalization treatment. Their primary therapist will look for these signs, and they’ll decipher whether these individuals have carefully planned harming themselves or if they’re looking for any way to change how they feel.
Another sign that individuals need partial hospitalization is when they have started to abuse drugs or alcohol. Rather than dealing with their depression, they drink or use to numb their feelings, but this often magnifies the symptoms of depression even though
How does it work?
In this type of program, the clients get the type of care and support that they need. They will attend the program during the week for a minimum of 5 hours a day, but they’ll be able to return home afterward. It’s extremely important that these people still get the love and support of their families, so there may be sessions where families are involved in group sessions.
While they’re in the program, they’ll attend both group and individual therapy sessions. The individual therapy is so they can meet with a therapist who will work with them to see what their specific history with depression is, as well as to determine their triggers. In group, they’ll learn more about depression and see that they’re not alone in their situation. You or your loved one will learn strategies and techniques to help manage your depression to regain control of the situation.
What is the criteria for admission?
- The following criteria must be met first for admission into the Partial Hospitalization program:
- Must not be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol
- Must not be actively psychotic
- Must not be actively suicidal or homicidal
- Must be medically stable
- Must have a mental health diagnosis
For more information, please contact the Director of the program at 501-332-5236