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TOPIC TITLE: Psychiatric Hospital
Created On 12/30/13 11:20 PM
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MoMo
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12/30/13 11:20 PM
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My friend called me today that he's been in a psychiatric hospital for the past 2 weeks he was doing terribly but over the past few days started feeling better after receiving ECT. I want to visit him.
What can I say or do while I'm there that would be meaningful?
What can I buy him (inexpensive) that would have meaning to him?

I guess I never visited someone in a psychiatric hospital so I'm nervous about doing and saying the right things...

Any tips?
 
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Lasthope
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12/31/13 1:24 AM
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Wow, that's a good question. As for being there for him, just the step of visiting him says a lot. Then what to say.... Tell him you are here for him, that's prob what he needs to hear the most. Does he know you also suffer from depression? If so, you can tell him you know the pain and are just here with him.... Try to also act "normal" talking about regular things. A gift of chocolate or something yummy is what I would want! But really any gift you get him will mean a lot to him. Good for you for being there for him when probably most people aren't!
 
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12/31/13 12:16 PM
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Find out what the regulations are about what he can have as a gift. Chocolate may be wanted, but some units have a "no outside food" policy. If it is allowed...go for chocolate. He may like a tehillim or something. Ask him if there is anything he needs. You never know what it may be. Maybe he just wants company. I think it's great he felt open enough to call you. Usuallly ppl. in that situation are either very private or don't know if someone could help them (out of desperation.) I think it's great you're therre for him.


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channafofanna
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From personal experience, it dosent matter what you say or bring, its the fact that you come. Someone bought me a teddy bear ( I was 13) and told me to squeeze it really tight when I wanted to give up... I still do it untill today...
As fro talking, let them stear the conversation. Some people want to act normal ( or at least I ddi) but others might want real support.. take your ques from him,
Im sure ul be great!!! just being a friend helps somethiimes...
 
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