Just like any other medical diagnosis, when experiencing symptoms, consult with a doctor who specializes in that field. Seek out a psychiatrist and a therapist if you are not active with one. Understand that everyone has a unique treatment plan for their own needs, which may include medication, counseling, and lifestyle changes.
If you feel you cannot wait for an appointment, you can go to your nearest Hospital Emergency Department and request a crisis evaluation.
You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1-800-273-8255.
Understand that in some situations, inpatient treatment may be necessary, and that’s okay! Inpatient treatment may be needed for more intensive therapy, medication changes, or to temporarily remove you from the environment that could potentially be worsening your symptoms. Sometimes it is necessary to take a step outside your day to day life and evaluate and reflect.
Whatever treatment plan you have, know that it is intended to promote strength and recovery. Keep in mind, as your life changes, so may your treatment plan. Stay active by communicating your wants and needs.
Try to compare your mental health diagnosis to any other medical diagnosis. For instance, diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body either produces too much or not enough sugar. With diabetes, one might need to take medication, visit a doctor more frequently, change their diet, and even make a few adjustments to their lifestyle, whether that’s adding exercise, limiting certain activities etc. After the proper education, diabetes can be managed and the person can continue to live the life they want, while knowing their limits and knowing what to do in case symptoms increase. This same idea can be applied to mental health. A mental health diagnosis could be because your brain either has too much or not enough production of ____________. (This varies depending on the diagnosis). Despite this diagnosis being labeled as chronic, with the right education, medication, and lifestyle changes, you can continue to live the life you want while managing your symptoms. #3