Keeping You Appointments

I am always trying to share my experiences with my followers on this blog.

Sometimes, I forget to follow my own advice, and this is one of those times. In my recent depression cycle, I skipped my psychiatrist appointment in January–roughly two and a half weeks ago. I used the excuse of my depression, but it only severed to make things more difficult. I will explain.

I am about to make medication changes over the next few months. In December, my psychiatrist and I made the decision that we can make some changes in hopes that it will bring some balance again into my mental health. The issue? Missing my appointment threw everything out of balance.

My psychiatrist is going on vacation to the medication changes will have to wait until March (to make sure that the transition goes smoothly.) It messes up my entire plans. Waiting another month is going to be tough, but it is a lesson that I need to learn–you have to make your appointments.

The other side of this is that when you are a part of the system, it is important to keep your appointments because there are so many people that could use the help. I sometimes forget, especially as my recovery has been good the last few years, that I can forgo appointments. There is a reason why our doctors make appointments when they do, and it is important to our mental health.

Always Keep Fighting

James

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17 Replies to “Keeping You Appointments”

  1. I can relate to this James. And I’ll cancel my appointments too, not because I don’t want to go, but because physically I can’t even move, my mental heath just gets a hold of me and I can’t leave my house. My home is my safe place and to make appointments is something that I struggle with.
    You hit the nail on the head as they say. Keeping appointments is something so crucial in our recovery, but something that I also struggle with.
    Thanks for always sharing, always being vulnerable. I appreciate it 🙂🙏🏽

  2. Thanks for sharing. This is a good reminder. I’ve been struggling with seeing my therapist for many reasons, but you are right that it’s important to keep appointments. Thanks.

      1. It’s hard! I got to use the weather as an excuse last week. That was nice. I was hoping to be able to use it again this week, but I think I am going to have to go. Your post made me feel guilty lol.

  3. I missed my appointment this morning. Not looking forward to the missed appointment fees or rescheduling so I can get my meds. I only have to go every 3 months, and still I can’t seem to push myself sometimes. I hope the med change suites you better! 💚

  4. I went through similar undue hardship because I let some stuff slide. I have to put my recovery and every part of it at the top of my todo list.

  5. I am so sorry about this. I hope that you will pull through and be okay until the medication change. Do not blame yourself for missing your appointments. These things happen. You have learnt from it and that is more than enough.

  6. Sometimes my physical health legit won’t let me even get out of bed, let alone get dressed and drive to appointment. But, when I start missing three or more appointments (different doctors), I know my depression is spiraling, and my reasons are just jumped-up excuses. I know I’ll feel better if I go. I know I have to go, if I’m ever going to get disability, but depression is an expert debater and wins a lot of arguments.

  7. I try to keep my appointments because mental clarity is such a tenuous thing. It is easier for me because the mental health center calls me a couple days ahead to remind me of upcoming appointments. I hope you are able to get back on track with your doctor and get through these med changes. I recently went through some myself and it was for the best. I pray that yours will be equally beneficial and things will get better for you soon.

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