Over the years I’ve had both private psychotherapy and NHS treatment for my mental health (including CAMHS, psychiatrist’s, a social worker, CPN’s, an occupational therapist and inpatient treatment). With that in mind, I thought I’d do a bit of a comparison between private therapy and NHS treatment for mental health. Privately, I had a good experience,… Continue reading Treatment for Mental Health: Private vs. NHS?
The other day, I met with one of the psychologists from the Personality Disorders Service. When I first met with the PDS in October 2014, they had been waiting for funding to start a DBT programme. It had been due to start in September 2015, but, due to funding, I was told it would more… Continue reading A year on a waiting list-getting treatment for the most stigmatised illnesses
Sometimes I think about quitting therapy, quitting treatment and just getting on with things myself. Usually because treatment is difficult, therapy is difficult, taking drugs is difficult, opening up to people is difficult. Occasionally, I feel like quitting therapy, quitting treatment, because trying to get therapy and treatment is too bloody stressful. Days like today, it… Continue reading Doctor No Show got me all riled up!
The CMHT is being shifted around and we’ve got a new consultant psychiatrist. The old one, who I first met when I was 18, used to split his time between the ward and the community (so I knew him both in the community and as an inpatient). He’s now permanently based on the ward, and… Continue reading New doctor, new diagnosis
Two days ago, I had an appointment to get my lithium bloods done. At my discharge review last Monday, I met a nurse that said it was likely she was going to be my new CPN. She told me to bring along the DLA forms she was requesting for me and that she’d help me… Continue reading Mind the gap-slipping through the cracks in the mental health service