Posted by delna on November 12, 2009, at 2:58:26
In reply to At what point should they give up trying???, posted by meltingpot on November 11, 2009, at 11:43:58
I'm sorry you are going through this bad experience.
I agree with bleauberry about the NHS being overburdened etc. I have had my fair share of experience with the NHS- for all illnesss both physical and psych.
I have found that in the UK, pdocs are not aggressive enough when it comes to treating mental illnesses. They are happy to get a mere 'response' from treatment but don't aim for remission and to get you fully functional. They let you 'linger' on.... This is not acceptable in my view and you should not just "take the meds that no longer work as they used to and settle for a generally unhappy existence"
Why should you?? Don't give up because the system is failing you. I know you must be extremely frustrated and feel helpless but there is hope....
You say you have a private pdoc and that can make a world of difference (one reason is that they are not trying to give you the cheapest drug). But of course you need a really good pdoc. Does your private pdoc have anything to add? Is she fine with you coming off your meds (except Zyprexia)?
If she's too wishy-washy, you need to find someone better. Since you are going private can I assume you have insurance? If so, seeing a private pdoc in London may be a good option. If you are feeling suicidal you can even admit yourself into a psychiatric hospital in London like Charter Nightingale. Your insurance should cover that (depending on what you have). I have a really good pdoc in London- she got me out of a severe episode of psychotic depression. I can give you her ref if you want. But there are many others too.
But please don't give up because the NHS is so frustrating.
You just need a good pdoc and being in the UK you can get one. It would help if you could travel and also if you have full insurance.
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