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Defeated.
Does anyone know how long a Canadian hospital would force you to stay if you admitted yourself. I was manic and hallucinating, now on Lamotrigine but just started and the crash is painful. Plus I started a relationship outside of my marriage while manic, and now that affair is breaking up and I am heartbroken but can’t show it because I need to hold onto my marriage in case I am just delusional that I don’t want to be married anymore. I don’t understand this illness, what would a hospital do, can they pump up my meds faster and make me numb

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Apr 16

I can't speak about Canadian hospitals, but in the US unless you are admitted against your will you can leave whenever you like. In New York state these are the rights: "A voluntary status patient may make a written request for discharge at any time. If the patient is under age 18, the request for discharge may also be made by the person who applied for the patient’s admission, by another person of equal or closer relationship, or by the Mental Hygiene Legal Service. A voluntary patient who submits a written request to leave the hospital must be released unless the director of the psychiatric center believes that the person meets the requirements for involuntary admission and therefore needs to stay. In this case, the director must apply to a judge within 72 hours for authorization to keep the patient." You should be able to look up Canada's rights. Best of luck and be well.

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Apr 17

Thank you. Survived the night and got an appt with a psychologist, and will consider hospital if I can’t wait until that appt

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Apr 17

@Kos7 Sounds like you have a good plan. I was hospitalized and it is a hard decision to make. But it did help and looking back it was much needed at the time. Hang in!

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