Why People With a Mental Illness Should See Their Doctor

August 24, 2010 Natasha Tracy

I am one of the people who hate to see their doctor. If it were up to me, I would never go. (OK, it is up to me, but it doesn't feel like it.) It's not that I have a bad doctor, or a mean doctor, it's just that nothing good ever happens there; so why would I go?

Of course it is critical that people with a mental illness see their doctor. Your doctor is a gateway to the various psychiatric treatments you may need. And besides that, they went to medical school, and you didn't. On some level, doctors do know more about bipolar treatments than you, no matter how smart you may be.

Bipolar Video: The Importance of Being Honest With Your Doctor

Today, I visited my doctor for some frank conversation around my bipolar medication prescriptions and my inability to pay for them; and something amazing happened.

If you need help paying for your psychiatric medication prescriptions, here's some information on free or low-cost prescription medication assistance.

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Author: Natasha Tracy

Natasha Tracy is a renowned speaker, award-winning advocate, and author of Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar. She's also the host of the podcast Snap Out of It! The Mental Illness in the Workplace Podcast.

Natasha is also unveiling a new book, Bipolar Rules! Hacks to Live Successfully with Bipolar Disorder, mid-2024.

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January, 17 2011 at 8:25 am

Thanks Natasha by the way CSP = community support program Its a place where we get our Meds. , see a nurse if necessary , take with a case worker about issues on maintaining and budgeting our lives including an apart ment , for the purpose of stayig out of the hospital psych ward mental institutions and trouble in general . It is a very successful system in WI

Natasha Tracy
January, 17 2011 at 8:15 am

Hi Sputnick,
I'm glad you are finding some of the writing here useful.
I'm sorry you're having this problem with your health care providers. That sounds very frustrating. A trusting relationship with your doctor is key in a partnership in working to help you get better.
If you really feel like they lied to you and it's inexcusable, then yes, your only alternative is to get a new doctor and build a new report.
However, if you lay out the issue before them, exactly like you have right here, you may be able to get a resolution to the problem. It's possible they don't know how upset you are by the situation. It's possible there may be something of which you're not aware.
You have nothing to lose by being completely honest if you plan on changing doctors anyway.
Sorry, I don't know what CSP refers to.
Good luck.
- Natasha

January, 17 2011 at 8:07 am

Hello Natasha for sharing the inspirational report of your doctor being to help you out with the meds., and your other fine comments I have a problem.
This problem is getting a little diecy. I am currently having a major trust issue with my Psychiatrist as well a my local community support center staff. They each have perspectively lied to me regarding an issue in which they thought they were doing my a service. The actual issue was a fair to minor affair where I was actually left out of the loop and a decision made on my behalf. To top it off they then lied and said that the other made the decision unilaterally. When confronted as to who actually made the decision they refused to answer and downplayed the whole thing, making me feel patronized and a little depressed and sub human if I be honest. In my 20 yrs with psychiatrists I have never experienced any thing like this. I mean this kinda goes beyond the proverbial white lie to prop a person up morally in fact it was an insult to me and my integrity. I am now looking for a new doctor and am having thouhts about dropping out of my CSP entirely but thats a big step. What do you all think? Jeff

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