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Fort Worth: What's the best psych ward / Which ones to avoid?

Author: Anonymous (Tarrant Cares)
Posted: 03/26/2015 @ 5:52 pm
Hi, I have a friend in the Fort Worth, TX area who is in crisis with severe depression, agoraphobia, and passive suicidality. She wants to know of a good choice of hospital if/when she decides to go. I live in Minneapolis so I don't know what to say; up here I was able to learn from support group friends where to go. After one horrible experience people told me "Don't go there! Go to Abbott," and all the rest of my hospitalizations have been very good experiences. I have bipolar disorder, ptsd, and other diagnoses, which is why i'm the only person my friend will talk to. I'm the only person she knows who has struggled with severe mental illness and actually talks about it. So have any of you heard through the grapevine which Fort Worth-area psych wards that are highly recommended *by patients*, and which ones to avoid? She panics easily, so a hospital with multiple wards, one "quiet", would be ideal for her. I would very much appreciate any help you all can give. Thank you! Elizabeth H
Author: Alex ( Social Network of Care )
Posted: 03/31/2015 @ 12:52 pm

Hello, Elizabeth -

Thank you so much for reaching out on behalf of your friend, that is incredibly commendable. There are many variables to consider when it comes to inpatient psychiatric care, not least of which how close to the facility she is located, what kind of insurance coverage she has, and any previous experiences she may have had with local hospitals. If your friend does not currently see a local psychiatrist, I would recommend that she start with that step. There is a list of providers here on the Tarrant Cares site, which you can find at http://tarrant.tx.networkofcare.org/mh/services/subcategory.aspx?tax=RP-5000&cid=37296.

You might also wish to contact, or encourage your friend to contact MHMR of Tarrant County who can be a guide and supportive resource through situations like this. You can reach them at 817-569-4300 or find more information online at http://www.mhmrtarrant.org/.

I truly hope this is helpful, and if you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to bring them to us directly.

Best,

Alex Halpern
Research Director, Network of Care