Name of Hospital: Fairfax

City, State/Province, Country: Kirkland, WA, USA

Number of Stars: 1.5

Comment: This was my first experience being hospitalized and I haven’t been hospitalized since, so I may have a low frame of reference for comparison. However, I found the experience to be very unhelpful. The only time I got to talk with someone about my experiences at length was during intake.

They immediately put me on Abilify without describing any of the side effects to me or what sort of medication it was. They also stopped giving me my Cymbalta which I had been taking before intake, which is renowned for its terrible withdrawal effects. I believe they gave me Cymbalta again a few days later after I complained about the side effects of stopping, but parts of my experience are unclear or forgotten due to my dissociative disorder.

Some of the staff members were friendly and compassionate, but it was overall understaffed. The only one-on-one time with a therapist was for about 15 minutes about every 3 days. Overall I felt very ignored by the staff. The day room where all of the group therapy was located was very small, everyone could hardly fit in there. Toward the end the low-quality beds and chairs of the facility made my chronic back pain so bad I couldn’t go to group therapy.

I didn’t learn any coping skills or receive any help for the 10 days I was there. When they released me I seemed to have ‘improved’ due to the restlessness side effect of the Abilify and mania. Any perceived ‘improvement’ was gone by the time the restlessness side effect wore off a couple of weeks later. Upon discharge I was assigned a male therapist after I had said I was only comfortable with women.

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

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