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    When Hospitalization Is Needed for Depression

    What Are Your Rights Regarding Hospitalization for Depression? continued...

    Some health insurance policies will cover hospitalization for a limited amount of time. Others won't cover it at all. Before a person can be hospitalized, some insurers require that he or she be evaluated by an evaluator under contract with their company. Very few insurers will cover a hospital stay for depression that isn't an emergency.

    While in the hospital you will usually be seen by one or more psychiatrists or a physician's assistant daily, although such one-on-one visits in the hospital tend to be brief. Formal individual psychotherapy generally doesn't occur while in the hospital, although various forms of group therapy are common, focusing on strategies such as stress management, coping with depression, and discussions about medications and their side effects.

    Keep in mind that most hospital stays for depression are brief and voluntary. The goal of hospitalization is to get you on the right track by starting treatments that can be continued on an outpatient basis. When you leave the hospital you should be safe and stable and on the path to recovery.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 11, 2014
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