posted on Jan, 29 2006 @ 11:35 AM
Just as an FYI...I have no medical training. This opinion is based off of personal experience.
I have had a friend that is diagnosed as being bi-polar (now commonly called manic-depressive). This means she can have erratic mood swings without
warning, from deep depression to wild, chaotic and aggresive actions.
At one point, her deep depression caused her to cut herself as a form of self-mutilation. She believed that trying to curb her emotional pain by
providing herself physical pain would cure her.
She went into the emergency room, drowning in her sorrow, and explained herself to the technicians. Rather than lock her up and throw away the key,
they brought in social workers, gave her some sedatives and made a psychiatric appointment for her. Then they sent her on her way.
This is very common. If they do not believe that you have the willpower to actually kill yourself (ie: if you are not hysteric and uncontrollable),
then they just make some appointments for you and send you on your merry way.
This has happened more than once.
While it is concerning (how many people are "on the edge"??), it is understandable. We would inundate all of the mental hospitals with people that
are significantly less dangerous than those who are admitted for more severe mental disorders.
In my opinion, you really have to go off "the deep end" to be admitted to a psych ward. It takes a long time to get there. Once you are there, you
may only have a two week stint before they deem you "ok" to reassert yourself with the real world.
Movies are awful depictions of real life scenarios.