Even without health insurance, you can still seek mental health treatment. Individuals without health insurance are often eligible for services at their local Community Mental Health Center (CMHC). After an initial psychological evaluation, a therapist or caseworker can assist you in acquiring government health insurance. They typically assist clients with filing the necessary paperwork. Depending on your family size and income, you may be eligible for Medicaid. There may be other local community programs and resources of which you are unaware.
You can also call the local health department and ask if there are services in your community for individuals who do not have health insurance. They can direct you to those services.
As a last resort, sometimes people enroll in psychological studies that are being conducted at local universities. Many universities conduct research concerning psychiatric treatments and medications and need participants. Being part of a research study can assist someone in acquiring treatment when they otherwise may not. There is no charge for being in a research study and in fact most research study participants are compensated for their time.
I think you have correctly identified the fact that you need help. Your moods are unstable and treatment could help you immensely. You have a history of having bipolar disorder and it’s possible that you are experiencing mood swings associated with an untreated disorder. I hope you’re able to receive the help that you desire. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle
Mental Health & Criminal Justice Blog