Resistance to Treatment

by Linda Baron-Katz

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Posted by baronkatz
Many people who are resistant to getting treatment for their mental illness ignore that they have a problem and by the time they realize it, it becomes a little too late until they have a nervous breakdown or a major relapse. I know of people who are so stubborn, they don’t realize that getting treatment is a way to help them grow and give a chance to redefine themselves.

When I was depressed, no one ever thought that there was a problem until I had a breakdown that caused my parents to get help for me. It was not until I was 24, that my mother’s psychiatrist diagnosed me with bipolar disorder. However, not many people have the support I have that is needed to get this type of help. Many go undiagnosed for years because they do not want to admit it or afraid of the stigma that comes around with mental illness and feel that they are stronger and know things better than any one else.

For example, I have a friend who is in complete denial that she may have a serious mental illness and I have tried to help her, but she continues to refuse it. When my friend started to say things that people are going after her and someone who is close to her states she is hearing voices, I knew it was a crisis and I had to get my friend some help eventhough she resisted in getting treatment. I decided to call the mobile crisis team. I figure they are the right people who can give her the care she needs eventhough there is a risk that she still may refuse help. I realized I had to do something.

But what is a mobile crisis team? What do they do? How do they help those who are in denial? A mobile crisis team is a group of mental health professsionals (nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, etc) who serve any person in New York City that is experiencing a psychological crisis and is in need of intervention. Mobile crisis teams are called either by family members, friends, neighbors, clergy, etc. They especially work with those who are against treatment and in extreme denial. You do not have to be suicidal, but when you are experiencing certain symptoms where you might need to be medicated, they can help.

As a result getting help for those who are resistant to treatment is hard but in the long term it is the best thing so they can get better and lead a productive normal life again.

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