Have you ever been to a mental health agency where everything appeared to be disorganized, unethical, and perhaps even illegal? Did a loved one receive mediocre mental health services, inadequate services, or no help at all? If so, you are not alone.
Are you a mother or father of a son with a mental health or behavioral disorder? How did you cope with the reality that your son would probably need your help and support for the rest of his life? For many parents, accepting an illness can feel like one of the worst things you’ll ever have to do. Many mothers have spoken to me about their struggle to not only accept but also to live with their child’s illness. It isn’t easy. It’s almost unimaginable.
Mental illness affects each and every one of us. It has become one of the most emotionally charged topics of our current time. If you mention mental illness anywhere you are, you can expect someone to say “I have a loved one who struggles with…..,” or you could find yourself in an argument over gun laws, mental health laws, and barriers to treatment. Many of us have lost track of the various cases that have occurred over the past 2-3 years involving untreated or poorly treated mental illness. Lets take a look a few notable ones.
How would you feel if a healthcare provider said to you “come back with your son (or daughter) when he/she tells you they want to kill themselves or someone else? What about if this mental health professional or doctor told you “your insurance will not cover mental health care unless your loved one is at imminent risk?” These are the types of things multiple families and parents are hearing almost daily across the nation when they seek to hospitalize or get care for their loved one. There is no recourse for these families.
What are the signs of psychiatric need? How can you ever tell if someone is in need of help? Is it by the way that they look, talk, or behave? Perhaps. Does the individual have to look disheveled or depressed? For many people these are the signs of the mental health need. But for mental health professionals it can be very difficult to decipher between an individual who does not care for themselves and an individual who needs psychiatric intervention. It’s a very tricky situation.
Note: Video length 40:53 and emotional.
- communication of therapist’s intrapsychic conflicts to the patient
- contamination of the transference and consequent interpretations
- the dissolution of the therapeutic “hold”
- the possibility of inappropriate gratification resulting from counter-transference problems
If I were to quiz you on the 10 worst signs of a bad therapist would you know what they are? Have you ever had a therapist or met with one before? What did you like about them or dislike? It’s often difficult for people to decipher a good therapist from a bad therapist until something unethical happens.
What would you do if you had a son who was contemplating suicide? Would you panic? Would you get depressed and give up? Would you seek help? In many cases, families experience a host of emotions when they learn a loved one is contemplating suicide. Some panic, some give up and get depressed, and others seek help. Some families do all of these things and go through cycles of emotions. All this week we have been learning from the stories of families who have volunteered to share their stories, experiences, and thoughts with us. Although this is our final story, I encourage you to share with others who may feel supported by knowing that they are not alone. Lets meet Tina.