A support system is an invaluable tool for getting and staying mentally healthy.
Your support system may or may not include family and good friends, but it definitely should include a good psychiatrist and therapist.
Your psychiatrist should be a person who listens to you so he/she knows if your medication needs to be adjusted or changed. He/she should also be able to tell by talking with you if your are improving and if you need to be seen more often or less. You will never have to stop but the time in between your visits should be longer. Most important, they should sit down, ask you questions and really listen to your answers as well as make sure your questions are answered.
I believe that a good therapist is a key support person. They should genuinely care about you as an individual and you should be able to feel that you are a person and not just another client on paper. You should be comfortable talking to them and should never feel rushed during a session (although we are on the clock because of the time the insurance company approves).
I am extremely blessed to have an awesome therapist. Whenever I need to see her before a scheduled appointment she always tries to accommodate me (rarely has she not been able to). And when she can’t get me in, she talks to me on the phone until I am in a better frame of mind. Being able to talk to her has kept me from doing a lot of impulsive and sometimes dangerous things.
When I travel, she is on speed dial and there has been many times that I needed her when I have been away. I truly thank God for her.
There were a few times while I was on a trip that I went into manic mode or just hysterical. I was able to reach out to her and she helped pull me through. I was able to hold on until I returned home and was able to get the help I needed. She is truly a God sent.
I think what I love the most is that I am able to talk about my faith and she encourages me to do so as part of my wellness and recovery.
There should be more therapists like her.
Make sure you are comfortable with your therapist. He/she is the one you will probably have the most contact with when you need help learning how to get through your mania, depression and those impulsive moments.
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