Everything I’ve ever read about treating Bipolar has said yes, while the meds are important, other things need to be done too.
One of the huge things mentioned is ‘talking therapies’ – what are they??
I’ve been getting help / seeing professionals for seven years now and I still have no idea what this is. I’ve heard about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; I had a useless CPN begin this when I was nineteen but it was worse than useless. Within the past 18 months I was referred for CBT again, but I’m apparently too unwell / unstable for it to be helpful.
So what *should* be happening, alongside medication? All I’ve ever had were regular appointments (ranging from fortnightly to monthly), usually with a Social Worker. I saw the psychiatrist once or twice a year, but that was it.
These appts always begin with the social worker asking how I am, and then they don’t really listen to what we (myself and partner) say. If we said I was feeling really depressed and Gog was worried I was going to hurt myself, the SW would say “Keep taking your medication and lets see how you’re getting on at the next appt.” At one point I’d been severely depressed for over three months and just kept getting told to see how I was in a few weeks time.
There was never any advice. There was no information provided. No support.
Over a year ago we first mentioned me experiencing unusual symptoms outside of an obvious mood episode; the SW wasn’t paying attention at all and bleated her standard “and why do you think that is?”
I didn’t know. The SW didn’t react to this information at all, so I thought it was unimportant and brushed it aside.
A year later I am having psychotic symptoms 24/7, this has NEVER happened before. At the time when I mentioned it to the SW I thought I was having a ‘mixed episode’…maybe if the SW had listened and paid full attention she would have recognised these new symptoms and could have prevented it from getting as bad as it has.
We were always told to ring the SW if we were in a crisis, but when we did they didn’t do anything differently anyway.
The result of these appts (and I’ve seen 6+ different SWs regularly over the years) was that I began to dread the appts. I’d get so anxious over them, and resent what a waste of time they were.
What should professionals be doing? Am I just weird for not finding this helpful?
I’m struggling massively at the moment. Alongside the low mood and the psychosis I’m battling anxiety that makes me feel I can’t talk or I’ll be sick.
Gog seems really low and I’m seriously freaking out that he’s falling into a depression and it’s all my fault.
Hello breaking point, I’m back.