If you have a mental illness, you are going to need help. Point. Blank. The first thing you have to do is be brave enough seek out professional help. Initial appointments with therapists and psychiatrists can be overwhelming and scary, but remember they are there to help you and, chances are, they’ve treated a lot of people like you before. If it helps, take a friend or loved one with you. (It really does help).
Sometimes seeing a therapist once every two weeks isn’t enough. Find a weekly support group. Learn from the people in the group. Let them help you by sharing their experience.
And sometimes, the shit just hits the fan and you need some REAL help. Inpatient therapy isn’t the worst thing in the world (not that it is really all that fun). I have one friend in it right now and another contemplating where to go to get the best care. Don’t think it is an easy choice, but sometimes your life depends in it. When things get so dark or so out of control, the best place to be is a place where there are doctors and nurses and staff – round the clock care – and lots of different types of therapy.
Of course, there are your friends and family. Don’t be afraid to give them a call and honestly tell them how you are feeling. They care about you. They want you to be well and happy. Tell them you need to get out of the house. Ask if they can come over and watch a movie. If you don’t have friends like this, find some. (Meetup.com is a great place to meet people with similar interests). You are a valuable person. So many wonderful things have happened since my first suicide attempt and there are people in my life I would have never even met if things ended that night.
I didn’t ask for help and it nearly killed me. So yeah, it is important to be open and honest about how you’re feeling with someone – a professional, someone in a support group, the therapist inside the psych facility, your best friend. It is okay, really it is, to ask for help. Everyone needs a little help sometimes.
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