Name of Hospital: Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg
City, State/Province, Country: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Number of Stars: 4
Comment: The worst part was the beginning. It took over a day for me to speak to a social worker and be admitted onto the actual unit. For most of that time I was in a room that didn’t even have a TV. The highlights of my day were meals and using the bathroom. That was awful, and the first night on the unit was pretty bad. Half of my stuff I brought had been temporarily lost and it took a good bit of talking for the staff to believe that I didn’t have everything with me. Once my stuff had been found and my second full day started, everything started to look up. The staff was all friendly and genuinely wanted to help, even if some of them could be a little rude at times. My psychiatrist wasn’t the best. He took me off my meds without talking to my parents (despite the fact that I’m a minor) or my regular psychiatrist. Since I’m bipolar, I was put on mood stabilizers about a week before, so they hadn’t had the chance to begin working. My psychiatrist didn’t believe I was bipolar and put me on antidepressants instead, which triggered worse mania outside of the hospital. If you’re looking for intense therapy, you won’t find it here. Instead what you’ll find is a slap in the face that something needs to change in your life and you’ll be given the tools to start making the biggest changes in the time you’re there. Was it ideal and pleasant? No. But it definitely wasn’t a horror story either. It’s what took me from a suicidal mess to a functional person. If you’re seriously struggling, I 100% suggest checking yourself in here, just beware that not everything will go smoothly.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient