In 2001 I got a major depression and was diagnosed as being manic depressive (bipolar I). I got therapy and medicines, but neither helped. Therapy tried to tell me I was wrong, and that I had to fit into society. Medicines didn't work, I suffered from the side effects, but I stayed depressed. "Friends" told me I had to snap out of it, and stop being lazy. A loved one told me I didn't cooperate with my meds. A social worker told me that the amount of money used by the care I received could be used to operate people. And a medical professional told me that I manipulated and fooled the team that was assigned to my care. Yes, that's mental health care for you in New Zealand, this century.
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