Suburban Hospital

Name of Hospital: Suburban Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Bethesda, MD, USA

Number of Stars: 4.5

Comment: One of the best hospitals I’ve ever stayed in. I was admitted voluntarily for a suicide attempt. The groups were helpful and the staff were, as a whole, very caring and considerate. We had to wear scrubs until we got off constant observation (c/o), which took me about a week. This wasn’t an issue for me but could be a concern for people with sensory processing issues. Groups were strongly encouraged but not mandatory. While I was there, there was a strong sense of solidarity amongst patients, which improved my experience. They let your visitors bring food from home and keep it in the fridge- this was helpful for me because I have many dietary restrictions. TV is on all the time during free time and sometimes would show triggering shows such as Law and Order SVU.

I saw several psychiatrists while I was there- most were helpful, but one tried to diagnose me with bipolar disorder without telling me. However, when I noticed him doing this and told him I didn’t agree with that diagnosis, he took it off the record. Medications are not mandatory as this is a voluntary unit but everyone I knew took them as prescribed. I think people were worried they might be sent to an involuntary unit if they didn’t take them- I didn’t see this happen, but I know it was a concern. We were allowed to make calls any time except during group. Overall a helpful stay and a safe and supportive environment.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Queer, nonbinary (did not disclose- was read as female)

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