I can’t emphasize enough the importance of seeking psychological care in conjunction with medication for a mental disorder. Many people often easily overlook this component of their care, even if prescribed by their general practitioner, because it can be a very embarassing situation. People still cling to the old stereotypes that if I need to go see a therapist (or “shrink”), then people will think I’m crazy! So what? You cannot change what other people think no matter what you do, so why not live your life for yourself for a change and other people’s opinions be damned. I’m telling you like it is, because it’s one of the most important steps you can take, if you haven’t done so already.
And as I’ve talked about before, the first therapist you go to may not be the therapist you should stick with. You need to objectively, as much as that is possible when you’re suffering in an emotional state, look at your therapist and make sure that you can work with him or her. If you cannot, and if you have the freedom to choose a new therapist, you really should try and do so. Some people prefer or need a more instructive and concrete therapists; others would do better with a supportive, warm and caring therapist. It is your choice to make, so you choose well. While I don’t entirely agree with everything written in it, Melissa’s Therapy FAQ is definately worth a read.
Did you know I’m looking for articles for consumers of mental health services, written by consumers of mental health services? Here’s your chance to become, even if you’ve never written anything before in your life, to send something into me and possibly have it published in an upcoming issue of Perspectives: A Mental Health Magazine. Because this is not your typical online magazine or journal, we will request and publish articles from ordinary people. People like you. People without “Ph.D.” or “M.D.” or anything else after their names. People telling others about their own experiences with dealing with their disorder, whether it be depression, panic attacks, anxiety or anything else. We will even allow you to keep your anonymousity, if you so choose. The staff at Perspectives will also be more than happy to work with you on your article, if you’d like.
As the Web grows, and other professionals and journals slowly come online to offer their own “resource guides” to the Web, please keep in mind that the Grohol pages have been online over a year now and offer what I honestly believe to be the best eclectic yet well-balanced page of mental health resources online today. I still look for high quality Web pages and reject most sites that request a listing in these pages. That’s because I’m not interested in promoting services on the Web, but promoting an individual’s mental health and their own ability for self-help. I don’t accept advertising on my personal Web pages and never will. I continue in my mission to disseminate mental health information not only through this Web page, but continuing efforts online through newsgroups, weekly free chats, agreements to publish these pointers in online magazines and discussions on mailing lists.
If you want the whole shi-bang of over 2,500 separate resources that have to do with psychiatry and mental health online — and not the quality, pesonalized and tailored listing of Web sites offered by the Grohol pages — then you might want to visit Psych Central. It’s the largest and most comprehensive site of its kind in the world and we’re looking to build upon it in the upcoming years, acting as a super guide to mental health online. If you didn’t find what you needed here, look there next!
That’s all for this week… As always, keep in good mental health!