How to first get your foot in the door to begin psychiatric treatment

I got a request for a topic via a donation for SSA Week.  It is the title of this post.

The best advice I can offer is not to do it alone.  Tell your friends what’s going on.  Have a friend there when you make the appointment.  Have a friend accompany you to the appointment.  It’s hard admitting you’re not well, I know.  Being honest about it rather than trying to hide things and do it on your own will be much, much better.

I’d also check out the Therapist Project to see if there is an avowed evidence-based therapist in your area.  Another good resource is freethoughtcounseling.com.

And if you want someone to talk to while you’re making the appointment, my email is in my bio over there on the right.  *hug*

I’m glad you’re considering doing this.  After so many promises of life getting better that don’t work, I know it’s easy to get pessimistic.  Therapy and medication work.  I’m glad you’re going to give them a chance.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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