It is hard for me to believe, but I think I am ready for a new phase in my depression treatment. Actually, I think I already entered it, but it is now time to make it official. During the summer of last year, I started to attend group therapy sessions, and I greatly reduced the amount of individual counseling I received. It was a good and natural step in my depression treatment process. I had begun to rely on my counselor for a great many things and it was time for me to start learning how to rely on myself. I think with all of the challenges and life-changing events I have experienced during that time, I have exhibited to myself that I have the necessary skills to maintain my own mental health.
Gradually, during this time I began going to group less and less. Despite plugging into the mental health treatment center less than I did before I think I have still done a good job at maintaining appropriate coping skills and mental health. Consequently, I have decided that before I go to the group therapy session on Wednesday morning, I will spend some one-on-one time with my counselor discussing my desire to graduate to a new level of care. I think it is time I went to what my mental treatment center refers to as a medication maintenance plan.
In essence, this means I will only need to go to the treatment center to occasionally meet with a psychiatrist regarding my medications. This will ensure that they are still working properly and that I am not having any life threatening side effects. It will also allow me to stay enrolled into the treatment center just enough for me to have a safety net in case I run into any problems that I believe I cannot handle on my own.
I’m kind of excited about making this decision. For me, the goal of depression treatment has been to get me to the point where I have the skills needed to maintain my own mental health. Certainly, there are areas that I still need to make huge improvements in; however, I can’t think of any person who does not have some areas in their emotional and mental health that they need to improve on. I have come to the realization that I am no different than anyone else in the world. At least now I know that the probability of me ever getting that sick with depression and anxiety again are slim to none. I can say this with confidence because I know how far I’ve come, and I can picture how far I will continue to go. In addition, if it ever happens that I get that sick again, I know where to go for help and I know that it really does work.