Last Updated on June 15, 2022 by
Alternative to Meds Editorial Team
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD
Table of Contents:
- What Is a Psychiatric Hold?
- Is a 5150 Order the Same As a Psychiatric Hold?
- Warning Signs of Self Harm
- Why Do People Go Into a Psychiatric Hold?
- Mental Health Issues
- Issues Stemming from Substance Abuse
- What Is Withdrawal?
- What are the Symptoms of Withdrawal?
- Can You Voluntarily Surrender Yourself for a Psychiatric Hold?
- Alternatives to Prescription Treatment Plans
The words “psychiatric hold” often conjure images of psychiatric facilities from movies and TV, unless we’ve been there ourselves. Doctors and nurses in white coats, scheduled drugging, padded cells, and limited time outside are features of standard, mainstream, inpatient psychiatric care as seen in films such as Girl, Interrupted, and the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
In an agitated state of psychosis, these can be safety measures for both the patient and the staff at a mental hospital. In contrast, holistic inpatient programs are not able to accept patients with a current psychiatric hold placed on them. Holistic facilities are well-equipped after release from a psychiatric hold because a holistic facility is able to help a person regain a sense of stability after a mental health crisis or substance abuse issue, letting you feel in control of your life and your mind.
So, what is a psychiatric hold? How can arranging holistic treatment after release from a psychiatric hold be used to help better a person’s chances at improving their mental health?
What Is a Psychiatric Hold?
With standard mental health facilities, those sent into a psychiatric hold are quickly evaluated by doctors and given medication to ease their symptoms. However, in these cases, evaluations can be hastily performed, and the end goal may be sedation rather than determining the root of the issues presented. In such rushed and desperate circumstances, a hold may create more problems for the patient if effective, compassionate follow-up care is not provided.2
Once the person has stabilized, continuing treatment at a holistic facility can shift focus to the underlying medical and psychological reasons for the struggles faced by the individual. For that reason, a temporary hold can be beneficial for individuals in crisis, both for the person’s own security and that of the persons around them. Once released, they can begin to address mental and physical health holistically, under the supervision of trained medical and mental health professionals.