Beautifully written and very true.
Earlier this year I set a goal to stay out of the hospital or a hospital program this spring. Three out of the last five years, I’ve ended up there. It’s a good thing, really, to know when to make that call. Lots of folks with mental illness aren’t able to do that for themselves, so I feel lucky and proud of the work I do to hang onto a little insight during the worst of times.
However, the program I’ve used in the past was eliminated, like many of the behavioral health programs across the state, because psychiatrists fled Iowa like rats on a sinking ship (some problem with Medicare reimbursement). If I needed serious help now, I’d have to drive across the state and admit myself into one of the few psych wards left. I’d rather not, really.
I needed to change things up—not just my perspective, but what…
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