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Originally Posted by tie-dyed
I think the outpatient program is a great step. I would really avoid in-patient unless she is aboard or is actively suicidal. Even then, it may do long-term harm unless it is a *very* good hospital, which is very hard to find. And maybe even then.
It is possible to still hurt oneself inpatient. Trust me on this.
It is possible for inpatient to make things worse and likely for inpatient to simply not do much of anything.
Please don't let her or her family be lulled intot he idea that medication will help. Medication *may* help the underlying depression, or it may not. Medication may (as you're experienced) worsen the self-harm. This may temporary or last as long a s the medication. I wa snot able to stop self-harming until I got off the medication. That is both anecdotal and corelational only, since of course other things were going on as well, so take it for what it is worth.
Pleae, pleae make sure the therpaist she is seeing is good with self-injury. Many, many fine therapists are terrible at treating this. Trust me on this too. some are good. You gotta find the good ones.
Originally Posted by atristin
She is very resistant to the in-patient program idea, saying she knows it won't help to just sit around and talk all the time.
I feel so helpless. I know that it is going to take a lot of time for her to start feeling better about herself, to be able to start healing, and she will go through lots of down, dark times, as she's experiencing right now.
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