One thing I have learned is that very few truly understand what it is like to have a constant battle raging inside of ones mind. That is not to say that a person with mental issues will harm anyone…. most are not violent at all, and when they are, it is often towards their own self.
I recently watched a show of a young boy who killed his parents, and then went to school and shot several people there. I don’t remember the death toll, I just remember feeling incredibly sad for the young man… and broken hearted for those who were unfortunately in the cross-hairs of his own personal battle. His actions killed people, and certainly changed the lives of those who loved them… FOREVER. He was seeing a Psychiatrist, and therapist, and tragically he was released from therapy because he was “doing so well” and “improving greatly”.
After watching, I decided to read comments left from others who watched it, or knew of it first hand. Many were very angry and hateful… understandable… but I believe alot of it was misdirected. They had all kinds of nasty things to say about the therapist who didn’t “catch” his homicidal tendencies, saying the therapist “obviously didn’t ask him about hearing voices either”.
I must say something in regards to this. For one… anyone who has seen a Psychologist, OR a Psychiatrist knows first hand that usually the first questions asked are, “Are you Suicidal? Are you Homicidal? Do you have any intentions of hurting yourself or anyone else? How is your sleep? Do you hear voices in your head, hear anything that is not really there (like music) or see things that aren’t there?” In my experience of having mental health issues and seeing doctors and therapists over the last 17yrs, these questions are ALWAYS asked. ALWAYS.
So I must say… a therapist is only as good as the information shared by their patient… and those with severe depression, or any other mental health issue, have learned to act “fine”, smile, even seem happy…. totally capable of hiding the worst. Are our mental health experts mind readers? Do they have a crystal ball, or hell, even an 8 ball to shake and ask those questions to? NO. So, how effective are they? They can be VERY effective…BUT ONLY IF THE PERSON BEING TREATED ISN’T PUTTING ON A SHOW, IF THEY ARE ANSWERING TRUTHFULLY.
I shall now step off my soap box.
Remember, therapy is helpful, but you cannot be afraid to speak how you truly feel and what is going on in your head. I wish for all to live well, find peace within… and leave the “shows” to actors on TV. ♥