9. What are some frequently asked questions about going home?
In this section, people just like you have asked questions about how to cope at home. Below we'd like to share some of our responses. After you read through their responses, complete My Discharge Information (pdf) so you have a reference of strategies and resources just for you.
Q: Now that I'm home from the hospital, I feel so alone. What can I do to help myself through this time?
A: Feeling alone is common for many people when they first get home from the hospital. It may be scary and even frightening for a short while. Often, what is most difficult is not knowing where to turn for help.
Here are a few ideas:
Plan your day. Adding structure to your time helps you get through the day. See question 7
Make a plan about who can help to support you. Keep the list of people and their phone numbers handy for those times that you feel stressed. See question 10
Check the list of support programs in your community. See question 8
Q: I seem to forget to take my medications. Do you have any suggestions that might help me to remember?
A: Taking your medications is very important for your safety and your well-being. If you don't have a routine, it's easy to forget them. Here are some ideas that other people have shared. See question 4
Q: Lately I think I've been having too many side effects from my medications. I'm thinking of stopping my medications to see if that helps. What do you suggest?
A: Side effects are a problem with psychiatric drugs. They are often uncomfortable and can interfere with your daily routines. A couple side effects that people find most annoying are stiffness and tremors. Yet you need to continue to take your medications. Before ever stopping the medications, call your doctor. Sometimes he or she can change your drugs or reduce the amount. Your doctor may also give you another drug that helps to reduce the side effects.
Q: I know I have a visit with my outpatient therapist. I can't seem to remember when it is. How can I find out?
A: First, check on your discharge instruction sheet. If you can't find this form, call your therapist. A third option is to call the psychiatry unit at (608) 263-7525.
Q: When I was in the hospital, there was a lot of support around me. Now that I'm home, my suicidal thoughts have returned. What can I do?
A: Call your therapist right away. If you cannot reach your therapist, call the Mental Health Center of Dane County 24-hour crisis line at (608) 280-2600.