The other day, I heard about the case of Wendy Potts, a UK GP who wrote a blog about her experiences with bipolar disorder. A patient of hers read the blog and raised concerns over her fitness to practise. As a result, Potts was suspended from practising while an investigation took place, but she committed… Continue reading Mentally ill and working for the NHS?
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?
So it’s Mental Health Awareness Week. I’ll start of the way a lot of these awareness posts tend to go- with a comparison. Three months ago I was a psychiatric inpatient, approaching the end of a fairly lengthy admission. Today, I stood in front of the Top Dogs of my health trust- chief execs, funding… Continue reading Surviving/Thriving: Why mental health funding is IMPORTANT
Ok, February 2016 I wrote a post (here) about a consultation I had with a plastic surgeon to see if there was anything that could be done to help my scars. Well the other week I got a letter in the post from the Big Hospital in the Big City with an admission date and… Continue reading I have a surgery date!
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!
So today is international nurses day! In honour of it, I wanted to #thankanurse, but seeing as twitter limits me to 140 characters, I thought I’d better do it here. I want to say thank you to the Nursing Assistant that looked after me while I was waiting to get stitches for the first time,… Continue reading #thankanurse