You might consider hospitalization if you

  • have thoughts of hurting yourself or others,
  • are seeing or hearing things (hallucinations),
  • have bizarre or paranoid ideas (delusions),
  • are so revved up or impulsive that you are doing dangerous or harmful things,
  • feel too exhausted or depressed to get out of bed or take care of yourself or your family,
  • can’t stop using alcohol or other substances in harmful ways,
  • have not eaten or slept for several days,
  • have tried outpatient treatment (therapy, medication and support) and still have symptoms that interfere with your life, and
  • need to make a major change in your treatment or medication under the close supervision of your doctor.