If your loved one’s depression is getting so severe that you fear for his welfare, call his doctor and tell her what you think. If you think that hospitalization is a good idea, say so. If she agrees, the doctor may be able to arrange for your loved one to be preadmitted to the hospital. With preadmission, when you arrive, there will be someone waiting to take your loved one right up to a room on the psychiatric ward. Without it, however, you may have to bring your sleeping bags to the emergency room.