I got clobbered by my good intentions at the mental health ‘drop in’ center!!!

I’ve hit a snag with mental health advocacy. I volunteered for years at the nearby drop in. I had high security clearance and brought meetings into the psych ward. I developed an eating disorder meeting for them. I got sick with depression and a three year struggle with trying to get Tardive Dyskinesia under control…with both conditions I couldn’t volunteer for about a year  and I fell off the volunteer rolls. Well again, well, well enough, I offered to bring a gentle Pilates Mat class and even get certified in group activity safety measures for them and for me. Well, as you can imagine, since the whole ‘story’ I tried to nicely write about them went south, they no longer think I’m ‘well’ enough to be a volunteer.

Despite this, I still tried to write a nice story about them and their services for International Bipolar Disorder. I interviewed the project director and took good notes. I gave her final editorial approval since I did want to quote her and wanted to improve our relationship. I guess I sent too many emails because as my deadline came and went, she was on vacation and I did not know. When she returned, I got a nasty email full of hypocritical ‘mindfulness’  telling me that her ‘intention’ is to show me kindness but I make it impossible by ‘bombarding’ her with emails. My deadline for the story had come and gone and I wanted to finish it. She works with the mentally ill so why should she expect so much out of me? Am I being discriminated against because I’m too high functioning? Let’s face it, I’m verbal, I’m not all doped up and docile and I ask questions. I try to express myself and spread the good news about treatment options, present and in the pipeline. And you would not believe how much is in the pipeline!!! Ketamine is a comin’!

2 thoughts on “I got clobbered by my good intentions at the mental health ‘drop in’ center!!!

  1. Don’t stop. I find it’s always the ones in the position of authority who will try to paralyze our progress (I’m thinking of my stupid psychiatrist specifically who absolutely can’t believe I’m high functioning and my occupation is being a nurse). Maybe you need to find a different agency in which to volunteer, and certainly there would be many online publications out there who desperately need your words, and clearly you can write.

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    • hey, thanks. Do you write for anyone? I see that you are a nurse. Are you on Gravatar? Even tho I am, sometimes I can’t penetrate it in order to reply to a new follower or commenter. How are you able to tell that I can write? What kind of nurse are you? I see your email here, I’m going to put in my contacts. I’m at bipolarbrainacSFL@hotmail.com

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