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Mum calls for better mental health care

Swindon Advertiser: Kate Brett, who needs help from the mental health service but isn’t getting it Kate Brett, who needs help from the mental health service but isn’t getting it

MOTHER-of-two Kate Brett has called for reforms in the care of mental health patients after being left feeling deserted, frightened and undermined while grappling with a personality disorder.

Kate, of Covingham, began flying into uncontrollable rages and experiencing overwhelming mood swings at the end of last year.

The 31-year-old had been advised to come off her epilepsy medication as the condition appeared to have subsided and she initially put the symptoms down to withdrawal from the drug.

But as the ups and downs persisted she was referred to the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Part-nership NHS Trust at Sandalwood Court. On December 28 she met a nurse who suggested she might suffer from a personality disorder. In January she was seen by a psychiatrist who told her she might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and prescribed mood stabiliser Depakote.

But she said the medication made her feel lethargic and even more emotionally unstable.

She tried to see a psychiatrist before her set appointment on February 7 but was instead told to double her dosage. “My emotions got out of control. I would get very angry for no reason,” she said.

“I got several back to back days when I wanted to end everything. I kept ringing them asking to see the psychiatrist but they told me ‘you’re capable of dealing with it by yourself.’ “I could be five different people in the space of one conversation. And it’s still like that all the time.”

When she saw her psychiatrist on February 7 he diagnosed her with Emotional Unstable Personality and referred her to the LIFT Psychology service. But LIFT said they did not provide the type of care she had been promised.

She got in touch with staff at the early intervention services to receive care but did not find the compassion she was hoping for.

“They asked me what I was hoping to get from the service so I told them the psychiatrist said I needed one-to-one sessions,” she said. “But they gave me a list of all the things they couldn’t do and I felt stupid for asking questions. “When I asked my community psychiatric nurse what I could expect from my first meeting she said she couldn’t tell what to expect of a meeting that had not happened. “I feel really reluctant to go now. I’m actually quite scared.”

Kate has set up her own online support group Ear To Listen, allowing patients to seek comfort from each other.

“Patients need more support between appointments and we need to be taken seriously,” she said. “I feel abandoned and I’ve had to make my own support happen.”

Fellow patients can email Kate at purplebanana3121@gmail.com.

A spokesman for AWP Trust said: “Some of the issues outlined were brought to the attention of our Patient Advice and Liaison Service and are now being looked into. “We treat all concerns seriously and work closely with service users and their friends and family to ensure we are offering an appropriate and responsive service.”

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9:23am Sat 1 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Unfortunately this is a common response to trying to get any kind of mental health care.
Allot of the time the only time you can get help is when you are a danger to yourself or others, even this seems to be no longer the case.
Well done for setting up your own support group the reply Kate was given is what is always said. Dosed up on meds at home you are not looking for an appointment because you are asleep or anxiety so high (without double dose) that it is hard to focus, the longer it is allowed to continue the worse it gets.
There is little or no care in mental health it is medicated, take your pills shut up and dont bother people is how it feels and in many cases is therapy reduces the need for meds but trying to get it is very difficult. Many people do not / want to understand mental health issues I dont see this problem getting any better soon, why would it? what has changed? there have been a number of stories in the last few weeks that touched on mental health issues groups and councils have promised to improve mental health care but did say how it would be measured or what success will look like.
More empty promises that will not change anything knee jerk response to being questioned without actually thinking how it will work.
Unfortunately this is a common response to trying to get any kind of mental health care. Allot of the time the only time you can get help is when you are a danger to yourself or others, even this seems to be no longer the case. Well done for setting up your own support group the reply Kate was given is what is always said. Dosed up on meds at home you are not looking for an appointment because you are asleep or anxiety so high (without double dose) that it is hard to focus, the longer it is allowed to continue the worse it gets. There is little or no care in mental health it is medicated, take your pills shut up and dont bother people is how it feels and in many cases is therapy reduces the need for meds but trying to get it is very difficult. Many people do not / want to understand mental health issues I dont see this problem getting any better soon, why would it? what has changed? there have been a number of stories in the last few weeks that touched on mental health issues groups and councils have promised to improve mental health care but did say how it would be measured or what success will look like. More empty promises that will not change anything knee jerk response to being questioned without actually thinking how it will work. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 7

9:42am Sat 1 Mar 14

Chowmai says...

Hats off to this brave lady,
Mental Illness, historically, carries a stigma and the sad thing is if this sort of 'denial of care' had happened to a cancer/cardiac/geria
tric patient there would be an outcry.
Hats off to this brave lady, Mental Illness, historically, carries a stigma and the sad thing is if this sort of 'denial of care' had happened to a cancer/cardiac/geria tric patient there would be an outcry. Chowmai
  • Score: 5

10:06am Sat 1 Mar 14

sleddogs1991 says...

i completely know what she is going through. i suffer from severe bipolar and psychosis. i have been having troubles with the same mental health team..very similar to what she is going through. i made a complaint against the people i am working with and they promised me someone different, turns out the people who make me cry and dread every appointment and give me panic is best for me and they know this. the email i sent them complaining was supposed to be confidential but they showed the team im working with and said i need to tell them face to face which cause me extreme anxiety. they always say things like 'i dont know' and alot of silences and they are no help whatsoever. i was discharged a year ago just cause i was fine for a month.. the month after i was in hospital for a few days of an overdose and was going crazy. my care-worker even said to me 'no wonder your boyfriend is fed up with you' and wanting me to repeat the psychology that didnt help me in the slightest. they never listen to me and turn things around what i have said and making things up that i have said and always contradict themselves. i am desperate for help the most in my life and i am not getting the service i deserve. its nice to know im not alone - although this really shouldnt be happening to anybody.. it is not fair.. i even said they are making me worse and id rather do it myself than carry on with the care i am getting. i think 'an ear to listen' is a brilliant idea.. cause i thought i might of been alone.. but im not. i will definatly be taking part! :)
i completely know what she is going through. i suffer from severe bipolar and psychosis. i have been having troubles with the same mental health team..very similar to what she is going through. i made a complaint against the people i am working with and they promised me someone different, turns out the people who make me cry and dread every appointment and give me panic is best for me and they know this. the email i sent them complaining was supposed to be confidential but they showed the team im working with and said i need to tell them face to face which cause me extreme anxiety. they always say things like 'i dont know' and alot of silences and they are no help whatsoever. i was discharged a year ago just cause i was fine for a month.. the month after i was in hospital for a few days of an overdose and was going crazy. my care-worker even said to me 'no wonder your boyfriend is fed up with you' and wanting me to repeat the psychology that didnt help me in the slightest. they never listen to me and turn things around what i have said and making things up that i have said and always contradict themselves. i am desperate for help the most in my life and i am not getting the service i deserve. its nice to know im not alone - although this really shouldnt be happening to anybody.. it is not fair.. i even said they are making me worse and id rather do it myself than carry on with the care i am getting. i think 'an ear to listen' is a brilliant idea.. cause i thought i might of been alone.. but im not. i will definatly be taking part! :) sleddogs1991
  • Score: 5

10:07am Sat 1 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Chowmai wrote:
Hats off to this brave lady,
Mental Illness, historically, carries a stigma and the sad thing is if this sort of 'denial of care' had happened to a cancer/cardiac/geria

tric patient there would be an outcry.
Elegant proof of the stigma.
Break your leg everyone turns up to sign your cast, break your head and people avoid you and say things like...."have you tried smiling" or "cheer up"
lack of knowledge breeds ignorance and in turn fear, misunderstandings.
[quote][p][bold]Chowmai[/bold] wrote: Hats off to this brave lady, Mental Illness, historically, carries a stigma and the sad thing is if this sort of 'denial of care' had happened to a cancer/cardiac/geria tric patient there would be an outcry.[/p][/quote]Elegant proof of the stigma. Break your leg everyone turns up to sign your cast, break your head and people avoid you and say things like...."have you tried smiling" or "cheer up" lack of knowledge breeds ignorance and in turn fear, misunderstandings. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 5

10:22am Sat 1 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

sleddogs1991 wrote:
i completely know what she is going through. i suffer from severe bipolar and psychosis. i have been having troubles with the same mental health team..very similar to what she is going through. i made a complaint against the people i am working with and they promised me someone different, turns out the people who make me cry and dread every appointment and give me panic is best for me and they know this. the email i sent them complaining was supposed to be confidential but they showed the team im working with and said i need to tell them face to face which cause me extreme anxiety. they always say things like 'i dont know' and alot of silences and they are no help whatsoever. i was discharged a year ago just cause i was fine for a month.. the month after i was in hospital for a few days of an overdose and was going crazy. my care-worker even said to me 'no wonder your boyfriend is fed up with you' and wanting me to repeat the psychology that didnt help me in the slightest. they never listen to me and turn things around what i have said and making things up that i have said and always contradict themselves. i am desperate for help the most in my life and i am not getting the service i deserve. its nice to know im not alone - although this really shouldnt be happening to anybody.. it is not fair.. i even said they are making me worse and id rather do it myself than carry on with the care i am getting. i think 'an ear to listen' is a brilliant idea.. cause i thought i might of been alone.. but im not. i will definatly be taking part! :)
It does seem the higher your anxiety the more pressure situations are forced upon us.
Many people make what they regard as a throw away comment but when you are going through MH issues you analyze and interpret every single letter and sound in a sentence.
Massive well done to this lady it will be a well used service and much needed I wonder if she could qualify for some funding?
[quote][p][bold]sleddogs1991[/bold] wrote: i completely know what she is going through. i suffer from severe bipolar and psychosis. i have been having troubles with the same mental health team..very similar to what she is going through. i made a complaint against the people i am working with and they promised me someone different, turns out the people who make me cry and dread every appointment and give me panic is best for me and they know this. the email i sent them complaining was supposed to be confidential but they showed the team im working with and said i need to tell them face to face which cause me extreme anxiety. they always say things like 'i dont know' and alot of silences and they are no help whatsoever. i was discharged a year ago just cause i was fine for a month.. the month after i was in hospital for a few days of an overdose and was going crazy. my care-worker even said to me 'no wonder your boyfriend is fed up with you' and wanting me to repeat the psychology that didnt help me in the slightest. they never listen to me and turn things around what i have said and making things up that i have said and always contradict themselves. i am desperate for help the most in my life and i am not getting the service i deserve. its nice to know im not alone - although this really shouldnt be happening to anybody.. it is not fair.. i even said they are making me worse and id rather do it myself than carry on with the care i am getting. i think 'an ear to listen' is a brilliant idea.. cause i thought i might of been alone.. but im not. i will definatly be taking part! :)[/p][/quote]It does seem the higher your anxiety the more pressure situations are forced upon us. Many people make what they regard as a throw away comment but when you are going through MH issues you analyze and interpret every single letter and sound in a sentence. Massive well done to this lady it will be a well used service and much needed I wonder if she could qualify for some funding? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 6

10:32am Sat 1 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Official guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) urges doctors in England to treat patients suffering mild to moderate depression with psychological therapies. Medication is recommended for more severe depressive illness in conjunction with therapy.

However, access to psychological therapies is patchy. Figures published this week show that in Swindon, for example, 25% of people estimated to be suffering from depression or anxiety received therapy treatment last year. In Hillingdon in north London, it was under 2%.

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-23553897
Official guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) urges doctors in England to treat patients suffering mild to moderate depression with psychological therapies. Medication is recommended for more severe depressive illness in conjunction with therapy. However, access to psychological therapies is patchy. Figures published this week show that in Swindon, for example, 25% of people estimated to be suffering from depression or anxiety received therapy treatment last year. In Hillingdon in north London, it was under 2%. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-23553897 Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

10:32am Sat 1 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Official guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) urges doctors in England to treat patients suffering mild to moderate depression with psychological therapies. Medication is recommended for more severe depressive illness in conjunction with therapy.

However, access to psychological therapies is patchy. Figures published this week show that in Swindon, for example, 25% of people estimated to be suffering from depression or anxiety received therapy treatment last year. In Hillingdon in north London, it was under 2%.

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-23553897
Official guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) urges doctors in England to treat patients suffering mild to moderate depression with psychological therapies. Medication is recommended for more severe depressive illness in conjunction with therapy. However, access to psychological therapies is patchy. Figures published this week show that in Swindon, for example, 25% of people estimated to be suffering from depression or anxiety received therapy treatment last year. In Hillingdon in north London, it was under 2%. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-23553897 Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -4

10:49am Sat 1 Mar 14

sleddogs1991 says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
sleddogs1991 wrote:
i completely know what she is going through. i suffer from severe bipolar and psychosis. i have been having troubles with the same mental health team..very similar to what she is going through. i made a complaint against the people i am working with and they promised me someone different, turns out the people who make me cry and dread every appointment and give me panic is best for me and they know this. the email i sent them complaining was supposed to be confidential but they showed the team im working with and said i need to tell them face to face which cause me extreme anxiety. they always say things like 'i dont know' and alot of silences and they are no help whatsoever. i was discharged a year ago just cause i was fine for a month.. the month after i was in hospital for a few days of an overdose and was going crazy. my care-worker even said to me 'no wonder your boyfriend is fed up with you' and wanting me to repeat the psychology that didnt help me in the slightest. they never listen to me and turn things around what i have said and making things up that i have said and always contradict themselves. i am desperate for help the most in my life and i am not getting the service i deserve. its nice to know im not alone - although this really shouldnt be happening to anybody.. it is not fair.. i even said they are making me worse and id rather do it myself than carry on with the care i am getting. i think 'an ear to listen' is a brilliant idea.. cause i thought i might of been alone.. but im not. i will definatly be taking part! :)
It does seem the higher your anxiety the more pressure situations are forced upon us.
Many people make what they regard as a throw away comment but when you are going through MH issues you analyze and interpret every single letter and sound in a sentence.
Massive well done to this lady it will be a well used service and much needed I wonder if she could qualify for some funding?
i am hardly anxious atall now with pregabalin on a high dose.. but its them that causes it more than anything! this is definatly not in my head.. even my boyfriend has noticed it when ive had my home visits.
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sleddogs1991[/bold] wrote: i completely know what she is going through. i suffer from severe bipolar and psychosis. i have been having troubles with the same mental health team..very similar to what she is going through. i made a complaint against the people i am working with and they promised me someone different, turns out the people who make me cry and dread every appointment and give me panic is best for me and they know this. the email i sent them complaining was supposed to be confidential but they showed the team im working with and said i need to tell them face to face which cause me extreme anxiety. they always say things like 'i dont know' and alot of silences and they are no help whatsoever. i was discharged a year ago just cause i was fine for a month.. the month after i was in hospital for a few days of an overdose and was going crazy. my care-worker even said to me 'no wonder your boyfriend is fed up with you' and wanting me to repeat the psychology that didnt help me in the slightest. they never listen to me and turn things around what i have said and making things up that i have said and always contradict themselves. i am desperate for help the most in my life and i am not getting the service i deserve. its nice to know im not alone - although this really shouldnt be happening to anybody.. it is not fair.. i even said they are making me worse and id rather do it myself than carry on with the care i am getting. i think 'an ear to listen' is a brilliant idea.. cause i thought i might of been alone.. but im not. i will definatly be taking part! :)[/p][/quote]It does seem the higher your anxiety the more pressure situations are forced upon us. Many people make what they regard as a throw away comment but when you are going through MH issues you analyze and interpret every single letter and sound in a sentence. Massive well done to this lady it will be a well used service and much needed I wonder if she could qualify for some funding?[/p][/quote]i am hardly anxious atall now with pregabalin on a high dose.. but its them that causes it more than anything! this is definatly not in my head.. even my boyfriend has noticed it when ive had my home visits. sleddogs1991
  • Score: -2

11:22am Sat 1 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

I am glad to hear the meds are working for you.
Is it a crisis team that comes to you?
How would you like them to access your needs?
I am glad to hear the meds are working for you. Is it a crisis team that comes to you? How would you like them to access your needs? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

3:44pm Sat 1 Mar 14

underdogs says...

It is good to see the press in Swindon is now covering the mental health problems that exist in this area more thoroughly now, but I would encourage the patients to contact the CQC website and report ALL of their individual experiences of the services they receive from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership which I , as a patient of theirs, feel often amounts to neglect and abuse of me. AWP is more deserving of a public health official warning than a packet of CIGS ! in my experience .
It is good to see the press in Swindon is now covering the mental health problems that exist in this area more thoroughly now, but I would encourage the patients to contact the CQC website and report ALL of their individual experiences of the services they receive from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership which I , as a patient of theirs, feel often amounts to neglect and abuse of me. AWP is more deserving of a public health official warning than a packet of CIGS ! in my experience . underdogs
  • Score: 1

4:20pm Sat 1 Mar 14

purplebanana3121 says...

Hi everyone, Kate here. Thanks to everyone who has commented on my story (above).

I never expected to get so many lovely comments or the support that ihave. It is emand others the support we deserve. barrassing for me to share my illness publicly but i am very passionate about getting myself and others the help we deserve.

I am considering setting up a charity and possibly making speeches on my story and telling others about "ear to listen"

Please share my page and email address with anyone you feel who may benefit from it. And again I thank you all for your continued support.
Hi everyone, Kate here. Thanks to everyone who has commented on my story (above). I never expected to get so many lovely comments or the support that ihave. It is emand others the support we deserve. barrassing for me to share my illness publicly but i am very passionate about getting myself and others the help we deserve. I am considering setting up a charity and possibly making speeches on my story and telling others about "ear to listen" Please share my page and email address with anyone you feel who may benefit from it. And again I thank you all for your continued support. purplebanana3121
  • Score: 1

4:27pm Sat 1 Mar 14

purplebanana3121 says...

purplebanana3121 wrote:
Hi everyone, Kate here. Thanks to everyone who has commented on my story (above). I never expected to get so many lovely comments or the support that ihave. It is emand others the support we deserve. barrassing for me to share my illness publicly but i am very passionate about getting myself and others the help we deserve. I am considering setting up a charity and possibly making speeches on my story and telling others about "ear to listen" Please share my page and email address with anyone you feel who may benefit from it. And again I thank you all for your continued support.
Hi everyone, Kate here. Thanks to everyone who has commented on my story (above).

I never expected to get so many lovely comments or the support that I have. It is embarrassing for me to share my illness publicly but I am very passionate about getting myself and others the help we deserve.

I am considering setting up a charity and possibly making speaches on my story, my illness and "ear to listen".

Please share my page and email address with anyone you feel who may benefit from it.

And again I thank you all for your continued support.
[quote][p][bold]purplebanana3121[/bold] wrote: Hi everyone, Kate here. Thanks to everyone who has commented on my story (above). I never expected to get so many lovely comments or the support that ihave. It is emand others the support we deserve. barrassing for me to share my illness publicly but i am very passionate about getting myself and others the help we deserve. I am considering setting up a charity and possibly making speeches on my story and telling others about "ear to listen" Please share my page and email address with anyone you feel who may benefit from it. And again I thank you all for your continued support.[/p][/quote]Hi everyone, Kate here. Thanks to everyone who has commented on my story (above). I never expected to get so many lovely comments or the support that I have. It is embarrassing for me to share my illness publicly but I am very passionate about getting myself and others the help we deserve. I am considering setting up a charity and possibly making speaches on my story, my illness and "ear to listen". Please share my page and email address with anyone you feel who may benefit from it. And again I thank you all for your continued support. purplebanana3121
  • Score: 2

4:31pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

purplebanana3121 wrote:
Hi everyone, Kate here. Thanks to everyone who has commented on my story (above).

I never expected to get so many lovely comments or the support that ihave. It is emand others the support we deserve. barrassing for me to share my illness publicly but i am very passionate about getting myself and others the help we deserve.

I am considering setting up a charity and possibly making speeches on my story and telling others about "ear to listen"

Please share my page and email address with anyone you feel who may benefit from it. And again I thank you all for your continued support.
Well done Kate,
All the best of luck with this great to see someone so passionate about mental health.
[quote][p][bold]purplebanana3121[/bold] wrote: Hi everyone, Kate here. Thanks to everyone who has commented on my story (above). I never expected to get so many lovely comments or the support that ihave. It is emand others the support we deserve. barrassing for me to share my illness publicly but i am very passionate about getting myself and others the help we deserve. I am considering setting up a charity and possibly making speeches on my story and telling others about "ear to listen" Please share my page and email address with anyone you feel who may benefit from it. And again I thank you all for your continued support.[/p][/quote]Well done Kate, All the best of luck with this great to see someone so passionate about mental health. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -2

10:39pm Sat 1 Mar 14

purplebanana3121 says...

Still getting lots of supporting emails. I will reach out to as many of you as possible. Please don't be shy. If you send me a private email at purplebanana3121@gma
il.com I will not disclose your name, but I may ask to share your story on my page. Please ask if you need help / support. You are not alone x
Still getting lots of supporting emails. I will reach out to as many of you as possible. Please don't be shy. If you send me a private email at purplebanana3121@gma il.com I will not disclose your name, but I may ask to share your story on my page. Please ask if you need help / support. You are not alone x purplebanana3121
  • Score: 3

12:21pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Oldtownmum says...

I saw a counsellor last year who was worse than useless. She spent half an hour talking about cave men and how their bodies worked under pressure and that was it! No follow up, no contact whatsoever. Luckily my 'issue' wasn't too serious and I manage myself, with a supportive family. Thank goodness I didn't need more intervention as it obviously isn't forth coming
I saw a counsellor last year who was worse than useless. She spent half an hour talking about cave men and how their bodies worked under pressure and that was it! No follow up, no contact whatsoever. Luckily my 'issue' wasn't too serious and I manage myself, with a supportive family. Thank goodness I didn't need more intervention as it obviously isn't forth coming Oldtownmum
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Oldtownmum wrote:
I saw a counsellor last year who was worse than useless. She spent half an hour talking about cave men and how their bodies worked under pressure and that was it! No follow up, no contact whatsoever. Luckily my 'issue' wasn't too serious and I manage myself, with a supportive family. Thank goodness I didn't need more intervention as it obviously isn't forth coming
Glad to hear you are managing on your own,
In my experience you have to ask for what you need and unless you research for yourself to find out what you are entitled to you will not get the help you need.
I am guessing that the cave man talk was the start of CBT it can take a while to pick it up as it is a diet rather than a plaster need to do some every day I became really frustrated by it but did my own research and applied for one 2 one and relevant groups and found them really helpful.
Drugs and meds are supposed to be last resort but increasingly used as only option, reports and managed figures may suggest they are working but as any MH forum or group you go to the people actually effected will tell you this is not the case.
[quote][p][bold]Oldtownmum[/bold] wrote: I saw a counsellor last year who was worse than useless. She spent half an hour talking about cave men and how their bodies worked under pressure and that was it! No follow up, no contact whatsoever. Luckily my 'issue' wasn't too serious and I manage myself, with a supportive family. Thank goodness I didn't need more intervention as it obviously isn't forth coming[/p][/quote]Glad to hear you are managing on your own, In my experience you have to ask for what you need and unless you research for yourself to find out what you are entitled to you will not get the help you need. I am guessing that the cave man talk was the start of CBT it can take a while to pick it up as it is a diet rather than a plaster need to do some every day I became really frustrated by it but did my own research and applied for one 2 one and relevant groups and found them really helpful. Drugs and meds are supposed to be last resort but increasingly used as only option, reports and managed figures may suggest they are working but as any MH forum or group you go to the people actually effected will tell you this is not the case. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Sun 2 Mar 14

purplebanana3121 says...

Iny experience all they want to do is dose you up with pills. It seems they want you to be so out of it that you are not aware of the constant waiting.
I have seen multiple counsellors and they never seem to help. I had to research my condition and possible treatments, and when I asked about some of the options that I had researched I was just hitting a brick wall. All I was told was "we can't offer that" or " we don't do that....it's not done that way" I have now had to look into private psychology options. It is a self referral service. They are more than helpful. The downside is the cost. £170 for the first assment then £90 an hour thereafter. I was told I needed 2-3 years of therapy - so in the region of £3,000. I have 2 young children I can't really afford it, but I have no other option it seems the only way that I will get the help I need. Every day is a struggle for me and I am so lost. But rest assured I will be sending a copy of the bill to the recovery team - I have no choince
Iny experience all they want to do is dose you up with pills. It seems they want you to be so out of it that you are not aware of the constant waiting. I have seen multiple counsellors and they never seem to help. I had to research my condition and possible treatments, and when I asked about some of the options that I had researched I was just hitting a brick wall. All I was told was "we can't offer that" or " we don't do that....it's not done that way" I have now had to look into private psychology options. It is a self referral service. They are more than helpful. The downside is the cost. £170 for the first assment then £90 an hour thereafter. I was told I needed 2-3 years of therapy - so in the region of £3,000. I have 2 young children I can't really afford it, but I have no other option it seems the only way that I will get the help I need. Every day is a struggle for me and I am so lost. But rest assured I will be sending a copy of the bill to the recovery team - I have no choince purplebanana3121
  • Score: -2

10:56am Mon 3 Mar 14

purplebanana3121 says...

Good morning all,

Just wondering if any has any contacts in tv or radio?? I was hoping to get some PR for my page via those too, that way I can reach out to more people.

Thanks for the continued support, I can't tell you what it means to me. Xx
Good morning all, Just wondering if any has any contacts in tv or radio?? I was hoping to get some PR for my page via those too, that way I can reach out to more people. Thanks for the continued support, I can't tell you what it means to me. Xx purplebanana3121
  • Score: 1

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