Update: I wanted to repost this because I feel it is still important to talk about seeking help. In the road to recovery seeking help is just as important to self-care.
It is always important to seek help in a crisis situation. If you are feeling suicidal or having suicidal ideations, then it is imperative to seek help. That means going to the emergency room and talking to your psychiatrist or therapist. Suicide is a serious thing, and if you have followed The Bipolar Writer you know I am against suicide. If my experience has taught me anything, it is that suicide is not the answer.
With that said. I want to talk about what to do in a non-crisis situation.
What You Should You Do?
If you have concluded that there is no life or death situation for you or someone you love, but they need help. Then you should seek help. But what does that mean? Insurance is an important part of the equation. After my first suicide attempt, I had no insurance. It was clear that it meant that I would not be able to get help without insurance. I was lucky to have a mom that fought to get me into the system of behavioral health without insurance. But it isn’t always so and it was only because my situation was bad.
It’s the worst thing when people tell you that you can’t get help because you have a pre-existing condition. (But that’s for another blog post.)
One of the first things you need to do is check to see what your insurance allows. You should check with your state or county facilities and see what services they provide. Insurance is important and I found out in 2014 that when you have insurance, you can get more services. If you can find outside private services it’s important to know what you need.
I am speaking from my experience living in California. I am also talking in the context of my local system of behavioral health. For me, my psychiatrist is to maintain my medications. We talk about what is working and discuss what changes my psychiatrist want’s to make. I saw one private psychiatrist before my first suicide attempt and my experience was the same. With my psychiatrist monitors how my medication is affecting me through blood tests.
When it comes to my therapist she acts as both my therapist and my case manager. We work on my issues with therapy and CBT, but she also helps me with things like seeking social security. Recently I asked her to help me with an anxiety dog (which I still have no idea what to do with that. On a side note if you know anything about it I could use the help.) With my therapist, we work on things like CBT and things with my depression and social anxiety.
I also have a general practitioner doctor that helps me with my other issues. She helps monitor my other issues like insomnia and the fact that I am a borderline diabetic. (So she says). All together my team helps me throughout the year.
In my mind, it is important to be comfortable with your team. If you have a psychiatrist that you don’t trust, nothing will feel right. I have had issues over the years with this, but I have fewer choices because I am with the local behavior health. At this moment I am happy with my team. Find what works for you when it comes to your mental health professionals.
What to do When Talking to a Professional
Always be honest with your mental health providers even in a non-crisis situation. I can’t stress this enough. I can’t believe the number of times that I let things go. More recently my social anxiety over the last few years. I let it get to the worst possible situations before I started to talk about it.
A non-crisis situation can turn into a life or death situation. I wanted to write this post because so on recently asked me what to do when your situation isn’t dire. If you are feeling anxious or depressed and it is your first time seeking help, don’t be afraid. Never be afraid.
I hope this helps and if you need more information do some research. I know in my local behavior health they have a 24/7 crisis team. You can call a suicide hotline or find a char group. You can always ask me, I am a wealth of information through experience.
Always Keep Fighting.