Psychiatrist: I see my psychiatrist when s/he thinks I should. I try my best to not miss appointments. If I miss an appointment I promptly reschedule. I tell my psychiatrist everything, even if it’s difficult.
Medication: I always take my medication as prescribed and try my best not to miss it. Since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder (over 10 years ago) I have never stopped my medicines. My medications have changed a lot over the years but I have always been on some regimen of medication for my illness.
Therapy: I see my psychologist on a regular basis. I have been with my current therapist for about 6 years. The therapist really helps me with working through issues I may be having. S/he has done a great job helping me look at problems in new ways. I am very honest with my psychologist, even if it’s difficult.
Hospitalization: On occasion, I have had to be hospitalized. It is never a fun experience and I don’t like it but it can be necessary for someone with mental illness. I will talk more about hospitalization in a later blog.