“Mental illness is not something you misunderstand in this era. Get educated because bias is no different than racism.”
Something that they told us when I was in treatment that everyone needs to become their own best advocate. They really stressed that we needed to ask questions about medications, stand up when people use misinformation about those who are bi-polar.
During that first admittance I was like a sponge trying to grasp all that was happening around me. I would sit in the groups writing down everything I thought I needed to remember. When I was released I read anything and everything about mental health challenges.
One thing I did was the best for myself and also my best friend. I had him sit in with me while speaking to my Psychiatrist on the exit interview. It prepared him of what I was going through and what to expect going forward.
When it came to pain medications, such as Oxycontin, I was double dosing without realizing it. So, when I went in to break the addiction upon coming home I asked if it would be alright for my best friend to manage my medications. He is still doing it to this day.
I still read as much as I can on the challenges of mental health. I try to go to well known sources. If by chance I read a blog that sounds credible I will research what the blogger wrote about.
I do not take it upon myself to self-diagnose for it can be detrimental. I also do not try some remedies without first talking to my doctor. There are many things that do not interact well with prescriptions, it can bring about some severe reactions.
So, when it comes to mental health correct information is important!
To be continued…