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ALL THE RED TAPE

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

Have you ever tried to seek mental health assistance for yourself, a loved one or someone else? Absolutely, draining. Trying to get assistance today for mental health disorders, drug, and alcohol addictions is a nightmare. Just recently I've tried to help a loved one who was heading down a bad path. He was 17 at the time so you would think there would be more resources to aid in us in our journey. We started early in the morning, first visiting the emergency room as he was suffering from depression anxiety, and drug addiction. After sitting for over two hours, we were told to go to the behavioral health center because it wasn't deemed an emergency. We arrived at the behavioral health center and sat for another 4 and a half hours only to be told that he wasn't a danger to himself or others. We needed to seek private practice. I priced the available mental health specialists and was told that the copay with insurance was $600 bucks. We ended up giving up and since he has turned 18 and moved away; he hasn't tried to get any assistance with his illness. Have you or anyone you know tried to seek any sort of mental health care? I'd like to hear about it as I'm sure this will come up again in the future.

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Theresa Mullan
Theresa Mullan
02 nov 2023

It's absolutely frustrating! I don't want to mention names. However, if the person is over 14yrs old, you have no say if they follow through with their MH appointments . As you mentioned, only if they are threatening harm to themself or others, which put them in the position of having a counselor in the first place. If they are under 18, the parent or adult must be at the appointments to sign them in. If over 14, you have no say in their treatment. How is one treated like a minor and an adult at the same time. Sorry, I don't have a solution,but I absolutely understand the frustration.

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Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis
02 nov 2023
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Thanks for commenting. Yes it is indeed frustrating. I do see the rationale in their thinking though. If a person does not want help, then they feel as if the therapy won’t work. It’s frustrating for health care workers to try to make someone see the benefit when they don’t want to see. Double edged sword. My ideas to handle this are to cultivate a community of mental health awareness and thereby getting in front of problems early on. We should openly discuss mental health on a monthly basis so that early detection can lead to a more willingness to get help.

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Dalton Stanley
02 nov 2023

When I was at my very worst deep in addiction and constant crazy bad anxiety.. I was lucky enough to have my 2 best friends come .. no questions asked..,get me the help I desperately needed… thank you Anthony and Geina for saving me from spiraling further down 😊

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Dalton Stanley
04 dic 2023
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I definitely have a small handful of friends that I’m pretty sure will always be there for me but unfortunately I live 2000 miles away from them and my family.. The small North Dakota town I live in is very insular and if you aren’t from here it’s impossible to make friends at all. Fortunately I have a partner who cares for me and he knows all about my past but i definitely need to put some thought into broadening my network

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