Just like with any chronic medical condition, you deserve great team to help you navigate and succeed with your mental health treatment. There are psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and doctors that are fantastic at their jobs. Unfortunately, just like with any career, there are ones who are not that great at their jobs. They may rush through your appointments, slap diagnosis quickly on you, speak to you in a condescending manner, and lack the compassion, care, and excellence that are crucial to success at their position. Many of us have left these appointments feeling like we were not treated as human beings, but as another chart to rush through carelessly. You deserve better. You are not a, for example a, “depressed person.” You are a worthy, wonderful person struggling with depression. PERSON FIRST.
Advocate for yourself. If someone is treating you unkindly say, “Can I please speak with your supervisor?” Unfortunately I’ve had to do this several times. I take a few deep breaths and calmly explain that I wasn’t treated with the kindness and respect I deserve. I also explain that fortunately I am stable and happy, but someone else on the other end of the phone requesting care may not be. They may be at the end of their rope. I’m advocating for them as well.
I saw some really insensitive, lame psychiatrists who left me feeling more confused and lost than when I entered. I’m so sorry if you’ve had this experience as well, but keep searching for that great team you deserve. I found it years ago, and it changed everything! I finally found a team I trusted and whose intuition and intellect blew me away. Read reviews, ask for references, and keep trying to find that team if you have not. You deserve to a GREAT TEAM.
*I’m not a doctor or medical person at all. My opinions are just opinions