I was referred by a friend to a therapist. She had been through a divorce. Her ex-husband worked for an insurance company and had been fired from that job. He had been the only one to get a severance package that took him out of the house.
Not only did she quit working, she also quit drinking. And she has been in therapy since then.
Well, it’s not a cure, but it’s certainly a good thing to keep some perspective on life’s struggles.
For those of you who are struggling with depression and/or anxiety, I would highly recommend getting a therapist. And if you have a question about depression or anxiety, just ask. The response is usually quick and helpful.
The therapist will need to examine you and discuss your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Then they will work with you to find a treatment method that will work best for you. This is called psychotherapy.
I know a client who had depression and anxiety problems and went to a therapist. They had some success, but after a few sessions they found they couldn’t handle the anxiety. They tried to control it, but it’s just too much. He then came to see me. I explained that the cause was the therapist. I asked if the therapist had any prescription drugs or psychiatric medication that he was using. He said no.
The problem with the anxiety is that it becomes so overwhelming that it makes life too hard. You have to constantly be monitoring and being careful. It’s like having a “sick” patient. You can’t just leave him alone because they might get worse. You have to be able to tell if they are going to get better. There are some things that you can do but that will not solve the problem. They are still there.
Psychiatrists are doctors and they can prescribe any of a dozen different kinds of medication that might help. But even if you have to wait for a prescription, the doctor has to be able to tell if the patient is making real progress or not. When it comes to mental illness, the doctor can’t help you if you don’t trust him. That’s part of the problem.
It’s not just a doctor who has to be trusted. It’s the entire system of medicine and psychiatry. If you dont trust the system then it will just create more problems, and in psychiatry this is called “patience.” I think the best way to solve the problem of mentally ill people is to treat them like normal people for a while. Once they start to feel better then they can get help.
The current crisis is the stigma that surrounds mental illness. It’s a fact that people in mental health facilities are almost universally undervalued, treated not as people but as a problem. And that’s a problem that’s only getting worse with the current wave of “help-wanting” legislation that is rapidly reaching its target of passing. The stigma is a big part of the problem. When we talk about stigma, we mean it in the context of mental illness.