I wish that diagnosing a mental illness was an exact science, as simple as getting a brain scan.
I wish that finding the right medications was like taking blood work-once- and know precisely what doses are required so that patients aren’t always guinea pigs of doctor’s best guesses.
I wish there were no side effects to medication-period.
I wish that inpatient and outpatient services worked more collaboratively to expedite processes and eliminate errors.
I wish that all outpatient services were all in one place.
I wish that treatment was provided for the whole family and not just the person with a mental illness.
I wish that outpatient services were available when they are needed rather than when they are offered. One year wait lists and beyond….really?
I wish that all counselling services were free and accessible for everyone.
I wish that the ER would take patients at face value and have unlimited space to accommodate a potential break down of the patient or their family system.
I wish medical passports existed whereby the most pertinent information was provided on spec to eliminate the telling and re-telling of your history and current symptoms and concerns.
I wish that every hospital had their own full-time psychiatry staff.
I wish that there were care units that group patients with respect to their condition (does one have to be in the same ward where a patient is screaming all night that Martians are invading the world?)
Ultimately, I wish that mental illness didn’t exist and that none of these services would even be needed.