Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derision
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation
It’s always good to take a moment to remember our noblest aspirations:
I don’t do well in mental health settings.
I don’t look sick.
I don’t act like a ‘mental patient’.
Not all people with mental illness end up homeless and hallucinating
on the street.
I also have expectations.
I expect my treatment providers to be as passionate as I was when I worked in the field of mental health.
If you have Dissociative Identity Disorder and you are you are about to enter treatment at a Behavioral Health facility it’s a good idea to prepare.
If your primary treatment provider is an outside therapist, ask him or
her to communicate your treatment status and history to the facility.
Confirm that the counselors at the treatment facility have spoken to
your primary therapist when you arrive for your first day.
Ask if the staff knows how to treat trauma symptoms.
Do not enable staff ignorance; you have every right to expect your treatment providers to know what they’re treating and to know how to treat it. Speak to the attending psychiatrist if you have concerns. If that fails, make use of grievance procedures to get the most out of your treatment.
Do treat the staff with respect and consideration. Most people want
to do a good job.
Do tell the staff about suicidal thoughts or self-destructive alternates.
Discuss your physical health and if one is needed, ask for a physical.
If you are diabetic or have high blood pressure, ask the staff to check your blood pressure and sugar levels. Diabetes and high blood pressure affect mood.
Ask for a medication assessment. Mention all unusual side effects or problems.
Don’t enter a hospital or day clinic alone. Ask your partner and friends to call and ask about your progress. Make sure that you sign the releases the clinic needs to discuss your case with friends and family.
(c) Rob Goldstein 2017
This post is specific to people with Dissociative and other Trauma
Some of this information may not apply to you.
from Bird Flight
When I was a young girl, and then a young woman, nothing could stop me. I felt there was nothing to fear. As a child, I rode my bike alone throughout the town. As a young woman, I traveled alone in countries across the globe. I knew that things would always work out fine, even if I ran into trouble.
Was it just the way I was raised that made me, a female, so confident and unintimidated? Or did a bit of my bipolar disorder contribute to that, too? After all, bipolar mania can make you feel on top of the world, indestructible, and all powerful. It can also make you more apt to taking risks because of an impulsivity that a stable mind would resist because of common sense, or general caution.
Exhibiting an air of confidence can get you many places and many things. How easy…
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