As I have blogged at length it's been hard to step out and come forward. I've seen the stigma now first hand, specifically the withdrawal of many friends and even some family.
So I sit here watching the news and all they talk about is how hard it is to understand or to catch the m,ore serious MH diagnosis' before its too late. It's a nasty cycle as every time it pops up it dies down and no one cares till the next crisis.
HELLO I have been as honest as I can be as I navigate my way through this diagnosis. So on several occasions I have sent this link to MSNBC, CNN and even Fox. To both the shows and the individuals. I am a living case study. What could this accomplish? I don't know. I think (hope) that by baring my soul that one day I may make a difference. Again, I was (am?) very high functioning and managed to hide the diagnosis, in part due to a misdiagnosis and in part to my demeanor during the visit.
It's really not that hard to present to a Psychiatrist that you are doing fine. The 15 minute visit happens so quick it doesn't allot the time needed to talk about the issues. In addition some Psychiatrists refuse to do therapy and often defer that to a therapist and focus on the meds by asking GENERAL questions and not probing ones.
So now we need to chat about coordination of treatment. Neither Dr. I saw has communicated with my therapist. Really? How do you coordinate care when the 2 treating providers don't communicate. Then we say in the same breath that how come "nobody" knows or identifies these quick enough. I guess a 15 min phone call to my therapist isn't billable. Draw your own conclusions
When will we learn? On one hand I applaud the coverage when it rears it's ugly head. On the other hand...theories and "ingrained beliefs" often drive the patient to never feel comfortable to open up.
Then the funny part is everyone BLAMES the patient for "hiding" this. The whole HIPAA argument is so dumb I doubt anyone has read it. The original document stated clearly that HIPAA is NOT designed to interfere with treatment and Doctor's are REQUIRED to notify someone if they think the client or anyone else is in danger.
So I offer 2 old posts I wrote last year about what is wrong with our MH system here in America
Again, its hard to listen to some "conclusions" drawn and the lack of UN stigmatizing it tends to drift in the other direction
I will tweet this and lets see if anyone picks it up. Hopefully some of the people following me will re-tweet.
Today I offer this song selection as the words speak true. It's hard to let people see you this way and one line says
"You could hide beside me maybe for awhile and I won't tell no one your name." Another say's
"It's lonely where you are and I won't tell no one your name"
Folks if you want to know us, study us, allow us to really open up then create a safe environment for that
I offer myself as a test study and will speak with anyone about my own pain.