Posted by deniseuk on March 21, 2006, at 6:53:34
In reply to Help guys, seeing my useless GP tomorrow-, posted by Meri-Tuuli on March 20, 2006, at 5:00:15
I live in the UK like you and can relate entirely with your frustration with GPs and Psychiatrists entirely, very few of them will try anything new or innovative. They stick rigidly to the book which infuriates me. The best ones tend to be the onese that work privately but then as you say money is an issue here.
I doubt very much you'll get your GP to presribe an MAOI, I was told they weren't allowed and I had to go and see about 3 psychiatrists before I could find one who was willing to let me try Nardil (Phenelzine). He was a private psychiatrist and then it took a lot of persuading.
I'd suggest that you tell your GP you want to try an MAOI and that if he won't prescribe it then you want to see and NHS psychiatrist who is not adverse to prescribing MAOIs, put your foot down. Tell your doctor that you want to see a psychiatrist and that before you are referred to any specific one you want to know that they are not against MAOIs.
There is a psychiatrist at the Woodbourne Priory who was very good and very willing to let me try what I wanted, her name was Dr Brownell, I had to see her privately though. Maybe you could book one or two private sessions and then ask to be referred back on the NHS.
Also, I find Zyprexa (an antipsychotic helps me), most psychiatrists in the UK seem to be willing to prescribe these drugs for depression.