You can find help. But you need to know where to look.
This is a big change. It used to be that doctors had all the answers, and the time to sort things out. Not any more.
They have too much information to keep track of. Too much pressure to see more and more patients. Shorter appointments.
Your family doc (if you have one) is juggling an ever larger volume of specialized information, for a larger number of patients. They’re too overwhelmed with details to make sure everything has been covered.
There aren’t nearly enough psychiatrists. It takes forever to get in, and all too often it’s only for a short appointment. Can they really find out everything about you that they need to correctly diagnose and treat you?
If you’re lucky enough to afford and have access to a psychologist or other counsellor, are they the right one for your needs? Do they have training and expertise in the type of therapy your problem demands?
Mental health awareness campaigns are great, but you’re way past that. You’re all too aware of the personal, family, community, social and economic costs of mental illness.
You’re crying out for help. Is anyone listening?
We have a pretty good mental health system, open to everyone—if you’re in crisis. After that, it’s fragmented and unevenly distributed. If you have chronic problems that haven’t responded well to treatment, you risk falling between the cracks… for years. You’re not alone.
Not everyone will get better, but many more people could. Common mistakes are made, potential causes and treatments not explored—repeatedly. Don’t get caught by one of these traps when you don’t have to. It’s time to learn what you need to avoid these traps, and work with the system so you have a greater chance to get better. Find out:
What physical issues can affect your mood or thinking?
What important tests has nobody ordered?
How do you make the most of a psychiatrist consultation?
Are you waiting longer than you should be?
Are you seeing the right treatment provider for you?
Have you been correctly diagnosed? Are you sure?
Are your medications or therapy making things worse?