Occasionally, an ambulatory therapy is not adequate in order to manage the situation associated with a crisis – making a stationary therapy a necessary consequence. However, many people – and not only those with a bipolar disorder –associate many prejudices and fears with a psychiatric therapy, especially if it is to be carried out on a ward. Therefore, it is important that you be well-informed concerning what you can expect.
At the beginning, an initial interview will be carried out during which you and your family will receive sufficient time to outline and discuss your problems. Then some questions will be asked of you concerning different areas of your life and signs of illness. This will help to understand you better and to get to know you and your family better. During the initial interview, the treatment with medications will also be discussed with you. Your positive or negative experiences with previously administered medications will be taken into consideration, as well as your wishes with regard to future medications.
In the first days after admission, some physical examinations will be performed. These serve to clarify whether you are physically healthy. Among these exams are, for instance, a physical examination by one of our doctors, a blood test, an ECG, a so-called EEG to see whether or not you might tend to suffer from seizures, and a so-called CCT or MRT, that is to say, an imaging procedure of your brain. All of these investigations are routine and are not painful. Subsequently, the results will be discussed with you.
Generally, a specialised weekly programme will be made available to you, which frequently orients itself on the problems associated with the bipolar disorder. It contains a multifarious offer, which person with bipolar disorders frequently require for convalescence and/or a cure. Along with your help, your therapeutic team will assemble a programme which is correct and designed specifically for you on the station.
Goal of the treatment is that you stabilise yourself as fast as possible once again and that you receive sufficient help directly after the stationary treatment and also long-term. To reach and/or to plan this goal requires a little bit of time. Most patients remain on the station between four and six weeks.