There are multiple pathways of recovery, feeling better, and coping with life’s stresses. We talked about what kinds of treatment worked for us. Most of us have gotten the most help from a combination of things:
- Learning coping strategies—EZ uses poetry; Justine loves “radical acceptance.”
- Peers and peer programs—you’ll hear Amanda mention Bridge House, which is a really cool “clubhouse” that everybody loves. Read more about peer options here.
- Talk therapy—because there’s nothing like paying someone to listen to you talk, right?
- Group therapy—because it can be really helpful to talk with people who understand what you’re going through.
- Medications—They can really help, but they’re not for everybody. You just have to go through the process of figuring out which one(s) are for you. Click here to see our thoughts on “What are my options for feeling better?”
Don’t get discouraged, if you don’t get the help you need, try again!
“At first I was diagnosed with depression because I came looking for help during a depression episode. The meds ended up making everything so much worse, but I continued to look for help. Then I found a different therapist and that is when I was correctly diagnosed with type II bipolar. I sometimes think how different my life would have been if it had been caught before and got on the right medication and got the right therapy from the start. But better late than never.”
For more info written by individuals and family members who have struggled with mental health issues, click here for NAMI’s Treatments & Services page.
And here’s some good info from the National Institute of Mental Health: