Treatment Plan

While in the mental hospital, every six weeks, or later, every six months, I’d have a treatment plan meeting. Not that my treatment or its goals changed anything over the 9 1/2 years that I remained in the hospital; my treatment goal was always to find me a suitable place to live and my treatment involved, well, what, actually? I honestly can’t tell you even now that it’s been over four years since I’ve been out.

What did change, were my diagnoses; from autism and an adjustment disorder (which explained my acute crisis that had led to my admission), to autism and impulse control disorder, to autism, dissociative identity disorder and PTSD, to eventually no autism at all and just borderline and dependent personality disorder and a little bit of depression (not otherwise specified) thrown in (just because with just personality disorders on my file I would have had to be discharged right away). The nurses said the psychologist who’d added depression, did me a favor that way. I think they were just completely clueless as to what they were doing with a complicated case like mine.

This post was written for the Six Sentence Story Link-Up, for which the prompt word this week is “Treatment”. I am not sure I did it right this time. I hope I did.

14 thoughts on “Treatment Plan

    1. Thank you for commenting. Like a consultant psychologist on my case later said, the reason for my latest change of diagnosis, which led to me being discharged almost with no after care after 9 1/2 years, was probably related to massive budget cuts and the unit having to cut down on beds. As a result, they chose a person who was still relatively young (30 at the time) and not floridly psychotic to kick out and they made it sound by my diagnosis as if it were because of something about me, not them.

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  1. Thank you for this revealing look into your life. I am so glad that you are in a better place now. Maybe some day there will be answers to the cause of some of the conditions people face and better ways to help people to have a better quality of life.

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting. Honestly, I don’t think my last treatment team at the psych hospital were looking to improve my quality of life at all. I mean, psychiatry is heavily focused on independence and that just didn’t work for me. Besides, like I said in response to another commenter, they were facing massive budget cuts. My current care team clearly do have my quality of life in mind and their approach is vastly different.


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