Care doesn't need to be scary
Posted Tuesday 22 November 2011
A timely and supportive response to a person in crisis can make all the difference. As part of our acute and crisis care campaign, Krishna writes about his passage through services. He's currently an inpatient.
The arcane world of psychiatry is a scary one but please take heed when I say it is not to be feared.
When I began to experience mental health problems, I was quick to disagree with my family about being ill and suffering symptoms of an illness.
She was immediately inclined to start medication and made a referral for me to be treated by the home-based crisis intervention team.
Members from the crisis team would visit me every day at home where they would consistently encourage me to cooperate and take medication.
Because my mental health continued to deteriorate, I began to feel increasingly unsafe due to my 'paranoid delusions' and a lack of trust in myself.
It was soon decided that I spend some time in hospital where I could be monitored 24 hours a day.
My admission to hospital was initially daunting but a positive and supportive staff force soon helped me to settle and develop a sense of security.
I hope soon to be discharged and placed back into the care of the crisis team, and to make a smooth transition from hospital to home.
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