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Psych Hospitals & Suicidal Ideation - Ep 16

Unraveling Adoption

Release Date: 11/20/2021

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"I hate when people say that my life should be a movie. Can we just ban that phrase?" - Jeremy Read the transcript here:   Episode Summary: In this episode of Unraveling Adoption, host Beth Syverson delves into the complexities of adoption alongside her guest, Jeremy, a 24-year-old adopted person from Texas. Jeremy shares his journey of struggling with various health issues and neurodivergence, only to discover the genetic roots of his challenges after reuniting with his birth family in 2022. Jeremy's adoption story unfolds as he recounts being adopted in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from a...

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Joey returns to the podcast for this episode about his experiences in psych hospitals due to suicidal ideation. Joey and Beth talk about the positive things about being hospitalized, and also some of the not-so-pleasant parts. They are continuing their work of de-stigmatizing mental illness and addiction through this important episode.

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Time Stamps:

0:58 Joey’s update

2:36 How creating  Safe Home Podcast is helping Joey

4:44 Background of Joey’s first psych hospital experience

12:11 Transporting to the psych hospital via ambulance

13:53 Joey’s first night at the first psych hospital

17:35 Things that make the hospital safe for suicidal patients

21:01 The kinds of kids end up at psych hospitals

23:33 Minimal therapy or help at hospital, but it keeps fragile patients safe

25:10 Visiting hours

27:40 Lockdown in Nevada

28:49 Covid at the hospital

33:51 Transitioning out of a hospital - IOP and PHP

35:31 Family therapy - oh joy!

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