When it comes to chronic mental illness, it has been seen that the patient gets completely dependent on the hospital. Unfortunately hospital dependency in chronic mental illness can lead to anxiety and the patient can end up displaying increased psychotic behavior when he or she is released or discharged from the hospital. Basically the patient loses his self-confidence and will not be willing to face the outside world.
When a patient with chronic mental illness is admitted in a hospital the patient goes through a feeling of relief, becomes part of a social structure in the hospital due to his illness and is happy to be part of stable social system even if it is one that is present in the hospital. That is why mental hospital doctors are always keeping an eye out for chronic hospital dependency among patients and do all that is necessary to avoid it. One of main things in stopping hospital dependency in chronic mental illness patients is limiting the stay in the hospital. Then therapy is advised so that the hospital dependency is converted into general self-confidence and knowledge that help for the patient would be available whenever required. In addition, the therapy also aims to check whether the patient is displaying psychotic behavior just to continue the hospital dependency. However, the patient would have to cooperate with the therapy for any changes in his behavior to occur and this includes hospital dependency.
Hospitals offer rehabilitation programs for chronic mental illness patients who become dependent on the hospital. These programs help the chronic patient tremendously and are extremely beneficial for the patient to learn to live independently while teaching the patient how to re-integrate into the community, managing his symptoms, preventing relapse and long-term health management.
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