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Treatment Can Be Harder Than You Think

It may be easy to look from the outside at people who don’t receive treatment for schizophrenia, bipolar, or any other mental illness, and criticize those people, but the realities of getting and maintaining treatment are much harder than most people realize.

9 thoughts on “Treatment Can Be Harder Than You Think

  • January 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Great article! It is so frustrating that case management is ‘targeted’ to fix a temporary circumstance or to teach us new habits, then we are to ‘graduate’. There is nothing for you if you can handle your life as long as it goes smoothly, but need someone readily available to step in when glitches arise or major troubles hit your life, besides just specifically mental health crises.

    • January 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you for your support and for leaving a comment. Yes, it can be harder than people imagine to try and keep ourselves well.

  • January 21, 2016 at 2:28 am

    thank you for writing this article, it is very well put. I had a very hard, long battle with my mental illness and the fight for treatment, indeed was even more difficult than the suffering itself, and still is. I truly think about being an advocate for others at times though, because I know others have it much worse. It is such a vital part of our society, for people to have access to these services, and maybe even a supportive shoulder to lean on or hand to hold through the process.. I think I will look forward into ways I can help after reading this!

    • January 21, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Thank you for taking the time to write a comment. If you are interested in becoming a peer advocate, you may wan to see if you have a chapter of NAMI in your city or town. Good luck to you!

  • January 21, 2016 at 4:23 am

    I appreciate this article. I have diagnoses of major depression, anxiety disorder and ptsd. During one hospitalization, I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder–although both my previous and current therapist do not feel that is the case.
    I worked full time for many years–at times, simultaneously working 2 or 3 jobs. I was with one company for 15 years. This was at times very difficult while dealing with ptsd and depression (I didn’t have anxiety issues at that time–or at least, no where near this degree) but I got through it. I’ve been in therapy and have been off and on for years and have been hospitalized several times in the past.
    I guess my point is that for me lately, despite therapy twice monthly and being on medication, I feel very alone and isolated. Support can be hard to come by when you are invisible due to not working, isolating and not having many friends due to trust issues and anxiety. Then when I do force myself to go out to get groceries or see family, I look ok on the outside just as I did when I “put on the mask” in order to appear fine when working.
    This is NOT the life I thought I’d have. It is an existence. I have it better than many but I just wish there were a permanent cure for mental health issues or at least, better supports, less shame and stigma!

    • January 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Thank you for sharing your story. Yes, we need to work on better support and less stigma and shame – I agree! I hope things get easier for you.

  • February 1, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you for all the great posts you are writing. I have bipolar disorder and as a regular visitor of your blog, I notice how many things the two illnesses have in common. If I would follow all of my pharmacist’s instructions, I would have died from a lithium overdose years ago. When I pointed out to him that he had accidentally tripled my dose by filling the container with 900mg capsules instead of 300mg capsules, he argued the point with me for 10 min before he was willing to take another look at the prescription. After that he finally changed it back to what it should have been–no acknowledgement that he had made a mistake, nothing. I always wonder what happens to people who are too unwell to double check and notice such errors.
    The other thing is that sometimes a medication you have been taking for years stops working. In my case, it took me over a year to convince my doctor that this was the case. The first assumption is always that you’re just not taking the meds properly because that’s what the textbook says about bipolar patients.
    What amuses me is that the same people who make derogatory comments about us not staying on our meds will stop taking antibiotics after 4 days (instead of 10!) because they give them a stomach ache and “are poison anyways”. Right. 🙂
    Anyways, thank you once more for having the courage to come out and writing this blog. I’m learning a lot. All the best!

    • February 2, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Thank you for your support and for reading the blog and sharing your story! I hope to hear from you again. 🙂

  • July 17, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing great article. It’s good that you’re tackled relevant and interesting thoughts. Keep posting.


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