Thank you for the interview Tom, and thanks to anyone that read this. It's kind of awkward trying to share this personal journey in a way that hopefully encourages discussion without crossing the line into "look at me" territory.
I hope the intent is clear, speaking about mental health and seeking help can only lead to good things. I want to try lower the stigma around talking about these topics even if only a little.
Can I also say thank you to all the positive support when I was away and when I returned. This community has been nothing but inspiring to me and I hope to entertain and be part of the club as long as we're all having fun together!!!!
I've been asked a few times about "high school" and answered this lower down in the thread. I was prescribed to a day clinic or day hospital but don't like saying it that way for my own feelings.
"A slightly easier way of thinking about a mental health clinic.
I was enrolled in a day clinic but allowed to go home at the end of each day. I don't like saying I went to an institution or mental health facility / day hospital so instead of thought about it in a way that made it more understandable and for me, more exciting.
I'm enrolled in a special course to learn about myself, not assigned to a mental health clinic.
This is a pretty intense form of treatment and only for those in pretty severe need, prior to this approach 1on1 or group therapy or alternative methods happen or take place before day hospitals like I went through"