Saturday, May 10, 2008

since when is chronic depression not a "real" mental health issue

i had a client this week, that i have had a nmber of times over the past couple of years, who suffers from depression and suicidal ideation. this time, the discharge plan was a little different and i ended up calling MHS-an agency that works specifially with a homeless population- for his follow up services and lo and be-hold, they tell me that they only open cases with real mental health concerns, such as schizophrenia or bi-polar disorders

i cant share my irateness about this, it is so great....

however, i do know the program manager for the MHS outreach services, and i think i will contact her and ask for further clarification into this

depression is in and of its self-even with out its polarized mania states- a serious, life debililitating condition that needs appropriate care and it makes me sad that a primary mental health agency that i work with has so little regard for the issue

i intend on letting this agency know how i feel about it, and have attatched a link if anyone else is interested in learning more about this agency or in encouraging them to also take chronic depressive disorders as well.

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HitThaFloor said...

I understand your frustration. There are so many issues with the medical community it almost adds insult to injury. But I can't help find the humor in your post: "it makes me sad". Is that a chronic sadness, but not a real mental illness ??? : ) (I got a chuckle out of it)

molly said...

and it was totally unintended

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