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Psychiatric Hospitalization Trauma Therapy

Whether it's welcoming a new baby into the world, seeking immediate treatment for a severe allergic reaction, or recovering from a car accident, many of us have had experiences that led us to the hospital. Usually, while these experiences may be uncomfortable, most people leave the hospital without being traumatized. However, in some cases, patients who have been hospitalized for psychiatric reasons may experience PTSD symptoms post hospitalization.

What Percentage of Psychiatric Patients Experience Trauma?

Psychiatric hospitalization can be negatively experienced, and some studies even show a high frequency of traumatic occurrences. A study published in the National Library of Medicine reported that 69% of patients perceived their hospitalization visit as traumatic. Women and homemakers were also more likely to be traumatized than other individuals.

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Why Are Psych Wards Traumatic?

Psych wards are considered to be traumatic due to the themes of ​​neglect and abuse, coercion and obedience, as well as dehumanization and fear. Typically, patients are admitted to a psych ward against their will. Simply being locked in a room as a patient can be terrifying. Other causes of hospitalization PTSD include being put in restraints and being forced to take medicine. Less commonly reported, but also a serious cause of PTSD is physical abuse by staff.

Is It Normal to Feel Depressed After a Hospital Stay?

Hospital stays can exacerbate patients’ emotions and increase feelings of depression and anxiety disorder.

According to a study published in Jama Internal Medicine of 207 patients who stayed in the hospital for 30 days:

Depression is typical to develop after hospitalization. Our therapists recommend cognitive behavioral therapy for most patients who have been discharged from the hospital or psychiatric facility and are experiencing symptoms of depression or low mood.

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What Is Post-hospital Syndrome?

Post-hospital syndrome, or PHS, is the decline in physical and mental well-being after being discharged from the hospital.

Symptoms of PHS include:

These symptoms can lead to an increased risk of complications or readmission to the hospital. Therefore, it is important to utilize the support of family, friends, and a trained professional. PHS typically lasts a few weeks, and most individuals regain strength and recovery.

What to Do After Getting Out of a Mental Hospital?

After leaving the hospital, it is important to follow certain steps to ensure your physical and mental health.

Some important steps include:

These things will not necessarily prevent the development of PTSD, however, they will reduce the risk of negative mental health effects.

What to Do After Getting Out of a Mental Hospital?

Does Therapy Help After Trauma From Psychiatric Hospitalization?

As with any type of trauma, a trained therapist specializing in trauma can help you:

Our top-rated therapists specialize in trauma therapy and can help you improve your mental well-being after trauma from hospitalization.

You don’t have to face the aftermath of psych ward trauma alone – we are here to support you every step of the way. Take control of your well-being and start your journey toward healing today. Reach out to us for a confidential session and discover the power of professional trauma therapy in rebuilding your life. Your transformation begins now.

Page Modified on Mar 3, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.