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Re: Help guys, seeing my useless GP tomorrow- deniseuk

Posted by Meri-Tuuli on March 21, 2006, at 7:19:20

In reply to Re: Help guys, seeing my useless GP tomorrow-, posted by deniseuk on March 21, 2006, at 6:53:34

Hi Denise!

Thanks so much for the reply. I cheered me up, gave me a little grain of hope!! :o)

Well I saw the GP today, he's a nasty old little man, totally clueless about mental health.

He said that 'antidepressants are not appropriate in your case'!!!!

I couldn't believe it actually - I have only tried the SSRIs, SNRIs!!!. Although I didn't argue with you him because I'm not assertive enough. But it shows his bad knowledge on the subject - there are lots left to try!

But there has been a mix up - apparently the NHS mental health team or whatever, has referred me to a 'community mental health practitioner' and sent a letter to the nasty little GP saying so, only he never got it. And he doesn't actually know what a 'community mental health practitioner' is anyway. So he is going to follow it up - we'll see what happens!!

I'm trying to find a pdoc privately (and rough idea the cost?), any ideas how you go about it? I tried the local branch of 'the priory' but the one here where I live only deals with alcohol/drug problems.

Oh well.

> Hi Meri,
> 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.
> Denise




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