I got you! (probably :p)
This is like the character clinic, except for all of your character's mental health inquiries!
I am a licensed therapist and I've been practicing for over four years. I'm very passionate about accurate portrayals of mental health in fiction and I think we need more fiction that shows therapy as a good thing! Obviously #ownvoices narratives about mental health experiences are ideal (ownvoices meaning if you're writing about a character with schizophrenia, you also have schizophrenia), but I would love to help anyone who is trying to research some component of mental health for their story.
I am obviously not an expert at every single subject, and I will try to direct you as needed if I don't feel I can answer your question. And like the character clinic, this thread is for fun. This is for fictional problems and fictional characters, and nothing I say here should be taken as mental health advice. I cannot be your therapist, and if you have a personal mental health concern or question, please talk to your doctor or seek a mental health care provider in your area! <3
I am familiar with all of the disorders listed in the DSM and am familiar with a wide variety of treatment modalities and techniques. However, what I have the most experience with is:
- clients ages 5-18
- family therapy, CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, teletherapy
- all forms of trauma (and attachment disorders and PTSD)
- depressive disorders (major depression, dysthymia)
- anxiety disorders (separation anxiety, selective mutism, phobias, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic attacks)
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- impulse-control/disruptive disorders (ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder)
- substance use (marijuana & cocaine predominately)
- school problems in general, family problems in general, anger/aggression problems in general, "acting out" problems in general
While I can't tell you what it's like to have a particular diagnosis (other than social anxiety) what I can help with is:
- information about a diagnosis and what diagnoses often go together
- what treatment might look like for various diagnoses
- I don't prescribe medication and am not an expert in medication, but I can give some direction about what medications someone may take (the character clinic could give you more info on that!)
- what therapy might look like
- ethics in therapy (there are so many rules!! what happens if I see my therapist outside of therapy, can I give my therapist a gift, can my therapist be my friend on social media, etc.)
- what happens if someone is suicidal/homicidal/self harming/a danger to themselves or others?
- the differences between different therapy settings (residential, acute inpatient, intensive outpatient, regular outpatient, school-based, home-based, etc.)
- what does someone's day look like in residential therapy or during a psychiatric hospital stay?
- what happens when someone calls child protective services about abuse/neglect and how does the child protective system work?
- how to become a therapist and what are the different types and licenses
- or if your character is a therapist, what it's like to be a therapist!
- and more!
Ask away! I'm happy to help or point you in the right direction if I don't feel I can