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Old 01-20-10, 04:53 PM   #1
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Well I start therapy soon for the first time and I'm so worried about it. I'm 18 years old and I live in the Uk.

I keep having these urges to kill myself and self harm. I am resisting them so far but it just keeps getting harder and harder. Although there was this one time when I was going to end it all in my friend's toilet. I was just about to attempt suicide when I started having a panic attack and freaked out. Luckily my friends found me before I could do anything and then they helped me out. They didn't know about the problems I was having. In fact they had no idea and they still know very little about it.

Basically what I want to ask is: can my therapist put me away anywhere for this? I mean I don't think I'm a threat to myself or anyone else anymore. I am resisting these urges and it has gotten easier since I found this place and also a friend who has gone through similar things. If I explain that to them, they can't send me away anywhere can they? I mean I haven't actually self harmed or attempted suicide. I kind of just attempted to attempt if that makes sense. If anyone could answer my questions I would be really grateful.
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Old 01-20-10, 05:03 PM   #2
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You should be safe in the UK! Years ago an older friend of mine who had attempted suicide a couple of times in the past had a bad spell and wanted to go in a home for a bit. It took weeks of him and his family convincing them before he could get a few days in one, they have not got a lot of room so unless your in an immediately bad situation or the old bill brought you in they will treat you as an out patient at best.
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You should be safe in the UK! Years ago an older friend of mine who had attempted suicide a couple of times in the past had a bad spell and wanted to go in a home for a bit. It took weeks of him and his family convincing them before he could get a few days in one, they have not got a lot of room so unless your in an immediately bad situation or the old bill brought you in they will treat you as an out patient at best.
Sorry Sruts, it's probably just where I haven't had much sleep lately but are you saying that they can't section me or make me go anywhere?

I really don't want to go to a home or a hospital or anything like that for this.
I just want to talk to a therapist and sort through some of my issues. I'm so scared of them taking me away somewhere. I know it's probably irrational of me to think that but I can't help it. I just need someone to comfirm this for me please.
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Old 01-20-10, 05:24 PM   #4
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I`m saying even if you asked them to they probably would not mate, they really have not got the capacity for anyone of sound mind. The real lunatics don`t voluntarily go to see therapists. They will just treat you as an outpatient at best, meaning they may put you under a doctor at a hospital but you will go in for appointments like a normal patient, or you will just get refered to your usual gp for meds and carrying seeing therapist.
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it`s ok i just re-read my first message and see where you might have been confused.......i`m tired too lol
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Old 01-20-10, 05:26 PM   #6
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My therapist told me if I feel suicidal she'd have to send me to the hospital, but as long as I was feeling safe from harm to myself or anyone else, I'd be fine. I'm sure they won't put you somewhere for a past attempt. As long as you're safe today. Just be honest and make it clear that you don't intend to harm yourself, they should be able to teach you some coping skills to help you resist the urges. I'm in the US btw, so it may be different there, not sure. But I wish the best of luck to you.
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Phew thanks so much for the help guys. Yeh, I'm sorry I don't think I understood the terminology you used first time round. I wasn't too sure what outpatient meant

Anyway I feel a lot less anxious about things now. It's nice to know that I can be honest right from the start and get help for this.
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Yeah its different in the US because of the insurance and that. When i was in Canada in 1999 i got rehab in a flash after a brush with the law, over here in the UK you got at least a year and half long waiting list unless your a very extreme case or got the $.
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Your doing the right thing, i wish i could go myself but i`m seeing how i handle it myself first
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Ok, that's fair enough. Remember though we're all here for you if it ever gets out of hand.
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