Today I went to go to see my therapist. This is my 3rd therapist that I've had in my lifetime and I think that he is absolutely amazing!
When I first left Dartmouth on Medical Withdrawal back in 2015, I was thrown into the medical world with little guidance. I did not understand why I had to see two different professionals: a psychologist and a psychiatrist. Nearly 2-3 years later, I finally understand the biggest difference and I want to share it with you:
A psychiatrist can prescribe medicine, whereas a psychologist cannot. You go to the therapist to talk about your problems and he/she gives you strategies and techniques to cope, whereas the psychiatrist will prescribe medication.
As I have learned over the years, both people are important towards a road to recovery. Talking to someone about your problems is more than helpful. And taking medication really can help. I used to be against taking meds, but I understand the slightest bit of neuroscience to understand that my brain as a chemical imbalance that needs the aid of medications to help it rewire itself.
I hope this article was helpful and that you share this information with others.
If you are thinking of seeing a therapist at an affordable price, I would recommend Open Path Collective. A friend recommended this to me and I am so glad that she did!
In my next post, I will talk more about my own Bipolar Disorder.
First off, thanks for reading this. This was not easy to write by far, but I knew that I needed to post this.
As of 2019, I have had over 7-8 manic episodes. I have gone through different medicine regimens and I have gone to countless appointments. I have kept the same psychiatrist over the past 3 years and for once in my life in the range of mental health, I have given up on someone that is supposed to be part of my support team: my psychiatrist.
Before I go any further in this post, I realize that this is no one's fault. It's not my fault that my the medication combination the psychiatrist gave me did not work. And it is not my psychiatrist's fault, either. But I know that it is time for a change.
All in all, this is why I have decided to switch psychiatrists. I will post an update when I meet my new psychiatrist in January.