Mental Health Treatment for...

Mental Health Treatment for Children I have recently changed my idea from trying to end deer culls to now focusing on mental health in children. Every Thursday night I drive to Mott’s children hospital and visit with sick patients. Occasionally I’ll visit the psych floor where patients are treated with child and adolescent psychiatry, developmental behavioral pediatrics, adolescent medicine, pediatric psychology, nursing, child life and social work. Some of these patients struggle some or all of the following attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder; pervasive developmental disorders; mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders; parent-child relational issues; and substance-related mood or behavioral disorders. Though the problem that Mott’s, as well as other hospitals throughout Michigan, faces is the fact that they only have availability for sixteen patients. This means, out of all of these mental health issues there are, this hospital can only host sixteen six patients at a time. Three of the sixteen rooms are for children who have or showed aggression towards others. This is to keep nurses, families, and other sick patients safe. There is no way of knowing how long patients will stay. I asked a nurse recently and he had told me that the average stay was 7 to 10 days. Although, he mentioned a patient who was there for almost a month. Children are always turned away because of a full floor and are told to return home until they have room. The patients are given the ability to call in and talk to psychiatrist or pay them a visit, but if there isn’t room for them to stay, they’re turned away. Is this the best the state can do for children that are trying to case self harm? I believe the state of Michigan can create a facility with enough nurses to take care of these children who are suffering from these illnesses. As I continue to visit Mott’s I plan to talk/ask patients and faculty members about how the state of Michigan can improve their decisions on how to take care of children struggling with mental health. Questions to think about: How can we fix over crowding? Is a separate facility for children needing more care the right move or should we make more space in hospitals for them? https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/psychiatry/patient-care https://www.mottchildren.org/conditions-treatments/ped-child-behavioral-health
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