Therapy of bipolar disorders
What therapies are the right ones for me?
Which therapies are the right ones for you personally should always be discussed with your physician, your therapist or your therapeutic team. This is necessary, since every psychosis is different and every person who is suffering from a psychosis and their relatives and acquaintances have different problems, needs, desires, experiences and expectations. Consequently, all therapies, whether medicinal or psychosocial, must be adjusted with one another to suit your personal requirements. This can only take place in close cooperation with your therapist and your family.
There are a few points which you should take into special consideration:
- You will need a regular therapist who will work with you over a longer period of time or, even better, a regular therapeutic team consisting of a psychiatrist and a therapist. Your family should also be familiar with the therapeutic attachment team and should be involved in your therapy as well. Inform yourself well concerning all of the therapeutic possibilities and take a part in making a choice.
- For planning a therapy and to observe its progress, it is necessary to "bring together all who are involved from time to time". Here, decisions can be made jointly and possible misunderstandings can be avoided.
- In the search for the “right” psychotherapist, you should be sure to take your time. Ask your therapeutic attachment team, whether there is an experienced psychotherapist in your vicinity, who has experience working with people suffering from psychoses. If necessary, get some help for this search and its organisation.
- Adapt your therapeutic plan according to your momentary situation. Neither over challenge nor under challenge yourself. Ask for a fixed therapeutic plan. This should describe weekly, which therapies you are to have, when and where.
- Try out the therapies. Not every therapist is the right one for every individual. Try out some different therapies. Continue with those that help you and do you good.
- Ask who will be prescribing your medication and who is to be your person of contact for possible complications related to your medication or other questions.
- Ask about a crisis plan. This should contain all important telephone numbers and emergency numbers. Also establish which ward will be responsible for you in the event of a crisis. Be sure to see that your family will also be well-informed concerning every step.
- Ask whether or not a so-called home therapeutic team exists, who will provide you with support, in your own environment, especially in the event of a crisis.