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Message posted by weegmack on 21/8/2017 at 4:39pm
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Most of you will know I battle with my mental health. I am the proud wearer of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), OCD, bouts of depression and I'm also blessed with Irritable Bowel because of those things.

Last August, I was overwhelmed and very unwell, so I saw my GP. She felt I shouldn't be living like this and referred me to Community Mental Health (CMH). I am still waiting for an appointment. Over the weekend, thanks to various things, I had a complete breakdown. Still breaking down as I type this. Got an emergency appointment with the GP this morning. I cried through the whole appointment. He's changed one of my meds and all he can do about CMH is phone them and "put a good word in for me"!!! I asked him about getting access to the Crisis Team and he said that wouldn't be best for me because they'll only deal with what's causing me to flake out about currently, and not all the other issues I need help with.

So that's it. Home alone and crying all day. Still waiting for a call from CMH.



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Are you on antipsychotic meds? If so which one? Best one for most is generally Risperidone. GPs are often unwilling to change their patients over to another med even if current one is giving them trouble.

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I don't need antipsychotic meds - I don't have psychosis. Just very high levels of anxiety and stress. So it's a different antidepressant I've to try

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As I'm sure you are aware mental health care in UK is abysmal. I have a relative with schizophrenia & best help I find is on the Internet as to getting dosage right & so on. It's a case of heal thyself really. Good luck with it anyway.

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Sending you a huge hug Gillian, you have had a lot on your plate last few months and anxiety and OCD is hard enough to cope with without the rest.

While you are waiting, do you have any stragergies you can use to help?





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Quote: Originally posted by Opensauce on 21/8/2017
As I'm sure you are aware mental health care in UK is abysmal. I have a relative with schizophrenia & best help I find is on the Internet as to getting dosage right & so on. It's a case of heal thyself really. Good luck with it anyway.



Thank you - you're absolutely right and I appreciate your good wishes. I'm on a forum that the charity MIND run, called Elefriends. Been getting a good bit of support there. The GP started me on a very low dose of this new antidepressant, so I'm hoping it won't disagree with me. X

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Quote: Originally posted by steventhehamster on 21/8/2017
Sending you a huge hug Gillian, you have had a lot on your plate last few months and anxiety and OCD is hard enough to cope with without the rest.

While you are waiting, do you have any stragergies you can use to help?








Thank you so much. You're very kind. They are exhausting conditions to live with. Something has totally tipped me over. I'm embarrassed really. My husband decided in his wisdom that it would be a great idea to get a puppy. He's wanted one for all 20 years we've been married. The puppy is gorgeous. But he's pushed me over my limit. I didn't realise how ill I was until he came along.
My strategies are routine, plenty of sleep and keeping things are predictable and manageable as possible. Puppy has completely burst all that to pieces: my routine is gone and I've had very little sleep. I'm just not cut out for it. So, I had a complete breakdown and that's why I was marched to the GP this morning.
I can only equate how I feel just now to the severe post-natal depression I had after my youngest was born (I was very ill with it). It feels exactly the same - like I'm wading through mud with lead boots on, that I don't want to spend any time with the pup or anything like that. Poor wee thing.
My hubby is a pharma manager, so is out in his car everyday. He took pup with him today and it went well for them both. He loves this puppy and I haven't the heart to tell him that all I want is for the pup to go back so I can get back on my feet. I don't think it's fair on the pup to be out in the car all the time.
What a mess huh? I have considered leaving because all I do is spoil life with my mental health. I was really hoping the GP would admit me to the Ward today, but he didn't. Even though I was roaring and crying in his surgery.
I feel very, very sad and I don't know what to do.


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Weemack i have told you i was like you and im sorry to say this,i feel your wanting a miracle cure like i wanted but,there is no miracle cure.OK the drugs relieve the stress but its you that has to realise that its you thats making yourself ill.

All the drugs and all the doctors in the world will not get rid of your pain though the doctors will help you realise whats making you ill.

Please forgive me for saying that and ive told you before but you never did it,ask the mods for my email addy if you want to chat..



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Hey Jeff. I know, you're right. There's no miracle cure. I did ask the admin ages ago for your email address and they said they don't give them out 😕. Maybe if you contact them with your email, it's more like you giving permission to pass on your email? Thank you ❤️

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You have appear to have identified the cause of your breakdown. As I pointed out. It's mostly about heal thyself. You need to speak to your husband to make the necessary changes in your life to remove the cause of your breakdown. This will be far more effective than any medical intervention.

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Yes, I agree with you Opensauce. I can't cope with the pup and I need him to go back.
My husband does not agree, so maybe we'll have to go our separate ways. 😞

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Huge hugs from me too gmack, please hold in there, your a lovely person and you can get through this.
From someone who's been there as well

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Its not easy gmack but keep positive . It is hard work and possibly will be forever but you will reach a happy place where you can cope and life will be good.

Lots of good people giving advice but keep pushing those doctors/ specialists etc for help as well.
The NHS has a habit of trying to brush people off nowadays due to lack of funds to treat properly!


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Huge hugs from me too gmack, please hold in there, your a lovely person and you can get through this.
From someone who's been there as well



Thank you. Can't stop crying this morning 😞

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Quote: Originally posted by VangoMan02 on 22/8/2017
Its not easy gmack but keep positive . It is hard work and possibly will be forever but you will reach a happy place where you can cope and life will be good.

Lots of good people giving advice but keep pushing those doctors/ specialists etc for help as well.
The NHS has a habit of trying to brush people off nowadays due to lack of funds to treat properly!




Thanks VangoMan. I have little confidence that I'm going to get help quickly enough. I'm definitely in more need than I've ever been for mental health care and if I get worse today, I'm going to wait until the surgery shuts then call out-of-hours. I know that way, I can access the Crisis Team. I'm scared to be honest. If they'd seen me sooner than the 11 months I've been waiting, I doubt I'd be in this mess.



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Blimey that's atrocious to wait so long, I do feel for you.

I worked within the realms of mental health, not qualified but 5 yrs taking people out and about, with every mental illness there is. I've witnessed so many things that it is scary why there isn't more help. Taking them to casualty because of an episode of self harm, with the crisis team only 500yds away in another building only to be told by A&E staff that there is nothing they can do as the crisis team would not come out, discharging them only for them to be rushed in the next day with broken or smashed limbs. i'ts a joke a real joke.

When I first started the patients were seen every 3 months by there social workers, when I left last year it was once a year if they were lucky.

It's disgraceful and I really truly hope you get the help you need I do agree maybe the puppy should be returned a sad as it is, you need to get yourself back to a calm environment again and look after your needs and hopefully you can start to feel a balance return.

Big hugs and just keep posting lots if us on here understand xxxx

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