What can you do if you suspect you have Bipolar Disorder, but can’t afford going to see a psychaitrist?

Well it’s not just that, it’s the fact that I wouldn’t go to my mother and tell her I may have bipolar disorder, take me to a doctor…She gets temperamental when I tell her I need glasses, what would happen if I tell her I have some kind of mental disorder, she’d laugh it off and tell me I’m imagining things or go crazy on me and start yelling…she doesn’t know what bipolar is and I can’t explain it to her, she wouldn’t let me, cause maybe just maybe if I do explain it she would understand but then again she won’t listen to ‘my’ reasoning. ¬†What can I do?

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Well it’s not just that, it’s the fact that I wouldn’t go to my mother and tell her I may have bipolar disorder, take me to a doctor…She gets temperamental when I tell her I need glasses, what would happen if I tell her I have some kind of mental disorder, she’d laugh it off and tell me I’m imagining things or go crazy on me and start yelling…she doesn’t know what bipolar is and I can’t explain it to her, she wouldn’t let me, cause maybe just maybe if I do explain it she would understand but then again she won’t listen to ‘my’ reasoning. What can I do?

This is a great question and I am glad you asked. I have done some research for you on this and I hope I can help you.

The first great thing is that you realize that you need help. I am also glad that you realize that your Mom could pose a problem with you seeking treatment. Unfortunately, mental illness has a stigma still and older folks and some younger folks just don’t understand it. Plus, the problem is they refuse to be educated about the illnesses. This, to me, is very sad and makes it difficult on the person with the illness.

Realizing you have a problem that needs help is the first step into helping yourself get treatment. There are so many people without health insurance these days that it is just pitiful. I am sorry you have that struggle, too. I do not know what state you live in but I have done some research and most states have County or Community Mental Health Centers. These medical clinics have sliding fee scales that can help those without insurance. They often have prescription medications that are available for low cost or free. Many of the centers have a pharmacy and other services right there in the same building or on the same campus.

I do not know if you live with your Mom but if you do you don’t have to tell her what you are seeking treatment for at the time. She may figure out that you are taking medications or seeking treatment, but be short and honest. I don’t know her personally but you may want to remember that taking care of yourself is very important so you may want to change living arrangements if you can or have someone help you out.

Dealing with mental illness is never easy to begin with after the initial diagnosis. But to have a family member that doesn’t understand is painful. Be sure and talk with a professional once you are able to get one on board on how to deal with your Mom.

Good for you on taking charge and getting help for yourself. I hope you are successful in seeking treatment.

If you have anymore questions do not hesitate to email at shari (at) askabipolar (dot) com.

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  1. Hi im worried i may have bi polar. i have been researching it a little. Im just so up and down all the time, one minute im up in the air with happiness then im down rite low and feelin depressed! get really wound up and angry, irritated, and feel worthless at times, few months ago i slit my wrists, just coz i was angry. read on the internet that it could be bipolar II disorder and that with high energy and low moods there is a very high chance of suicide, dont want to be like this anymore, recently lost someone very close to me, could a death in the family of brought this on? is it bipolar disorder?? Its really starting to have an effect on areas of my life, my boyfriend who i live with feels it the most, he says if i am, he would want me to go on medication. im too scared to tell anyone incase they laugh and i dont want to go to the doctor. i would be very grateful for another opinion and some advice. Thankyou.

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