Psychiatric Hospitalization, Fear, and Hope

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Psychiatric Hospitalization, Fear, and Hope

Living with mental illness can mean living with fear, including the fear of psychiatric hospitalization. Whether they're called psychiatric hospitals, mental health hospitals, or behavioral health hospitals, they're often shrouded in mystery. People don't always know what to expect from these fear of the unknown, and fear of the unknown causes significant anxiety.

Today's mental health hospitals bear no resemblance to the "mental wards" of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Behavioral health hospitals exist to help treat people by diagnosing mental illness, determining an effective course of treatment, and helping people develop coping skills. (What is It Really Like to Stay in a Mental Hospital?)

Few people want to experience psychiatric hospitalization; however, many people enter inpatient treatment voluntarily because they are struggling with mental health challenges in their daily lives and are seeking help to overcome these difficulties (When Do You Need Inpatient Treatment for Bipolar Disorder?). It takes a great deal of strength and courage to seek the help and support psychiatric hospitalization offers. It's also is a sign of hope and positivity: imagine feeling overwhelmed and hopeless because of the effects of mental illness, yet part of you knows that things can and do get better. Psychiatric hospitals exist to diagnose, treat, and help people not just manage mental illness but live well and mentally healthy despite mental illness.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). Psychiatric Hospitalization, Fear, and Hope , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: July 5, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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