Bi-Polar Manic Stage in Denial

 Kimberly was our latest admission. She was being admitted because she made threats to kill herself. She had been looking up on the internet the ” most painless ways to die”. A lot of people do this actually. And so her husband brought her to us and it took hours to get her to the unit. We weren’t able to do an assessment, a skin or clothes check or anything. It was all we could do to get her to the Unit. Once on the unit she sat in the corner of room crying and screaming. One by one we would go in and try to calm her but she just got worse. She finally came up to the nurses station and began telling me that she should be able to leave and that we can’t hold her against her will. I explained to her that we can in fact hold her against her will if there is a reason to be believe that she is a danger to herself or to others. Then her husband showed up at the front door demanding to get her released and saying all of the same things. It’s interesting that so many people come in not understanding how it works. Are they being educated on their way over about this largely important fact. I guess they don’t want to deal with it and figure they will let us handle it once there locked in. Well luckily we gave her some medications and she was asleep for the rest of the night.

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