When Might Partial Hospitalization be a Good Option?


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Partial hospitalization, is a short-term, intensive clinical treatment program. It is considered a “step-below” inpatient hospitalization but more focused than an outpatient treatment program. Individuals who select this option experience structure throughout the day for 3-5 days a week, while going home in the evenings. Many partial hospitalization programs employ similar rules that are found at inpatient programs, such as having no phones, shoelaces, etc. There are several benefits to participating in partial hospitalization:

  • Interaction with others through group therapy
  • Interaction with health care professionals such as psychiatrists, social workers, etc.
  • Improved development of skills to help you better cope with life’s problems
  • Flexibility to go home in the evening

Partial hospitalization has shown to be effective; a 2017 study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice found that of 2000 patients who utilized partial hospitalization, significant improvements were found in reduced symptom severity and improved cognitive function. Many people who enter this program are able to regain their confidence through the psychosocial support they receive. One person shared her success with partial hospitalization on the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance official website. This is what she said:

“Being hospitalized was one of the scariest things I ever did, but looking back on it now, I believe it was really what I needed. I not only needed medication and a safe place, but I needed some intensive therapy, some ideas of ways to release some feelings, and I needed a chance to figure out what my next steps would be when I was released. I still use things they taught me there every day.”

Another person shared their experience with partial hospitalization and the social support they received:

“I got the best support from other patients on the unit. I had something in common with most of them, and with long stretches of time between groups and educational sessions, we learned a lot about each other. My roommate was especially kind, considering it took me several more nights to actually sleep.”

Partial hospitalization is for individuals who need a short-term program to help them get back on track from a momentary weakness in mental health. Those who have significant, long-term emotional concerns and/or substance abuse issues likely need to seek out inpatient treatment. Speak more with a representative today to find out which option would be best for you.

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