I didn’t really take any effective action after my first go-round with the first wretched crash induced by highly genetic, psychotic bipolar back in '94-'95. They put me in a day program after the second one (with the first of the two serious suicide attempts) in '97, but the style of CBT they used was too “mushy” and difficult to get a grip on. So I crashed again in '99, but dug out with a CBT workbook. And then promptly forgot most of what I’d learned.
I crashed again just horribly in '02-'03 (with another serious suicide attempt). I was again sent to CBT and group talk therapy in '03-'04. The stuff the VA used then was drivel. (I got more out an anger management course and all the AA step work I was doing.)
But a doc outside the VA dx’d me correctly and changed my meds in a major way. I began to feel better. But rather than just depend on meds (which hadn’t worked well for any length of time before), I dug immediately into serious self-education. That led to going back to school and acquiring (via a very long trip around Robin Hood’s barn) the skills I have from all manner of psychophilosophies and psychotherapies (including those I keep listing for newcomers here).
Had I not done these things, I’m 99% certain I’d still be a mess… if I was even alive to talk about it.
What’s your experience?