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Re: Pseudo-neurotic Schizophrenia

Posted by Wittgenstein on August 30, 2007, at 15:21:17

In reply to Re: Pseudo-neurotic Schizophrenia RealMe, posted by Quintal on August 30, 2007, at 10:04:22

Quintal,

I'm sorry you can't get the help you need. I am also from the UK (although live in the Netherlands now).

I was hospitalised after a suicide attempt earlier this year, while still in England (I was at university at the time). I was discharged, and told that an urgent appointment with one of the hospital's psychiatrists would be made within the next day or so - nothihng ever materialised. I later went back to my home down - visited my GP who refused to refer me for NHS mental health care - not even to a counselor let alone a psychiatric assessment and told me to come back again in 2 weeks! This was despite telling her I was suicidal - and I didn't have any prior diagnoses hanging over me.

In the end I had to see a private psychiatrist (I had private insurance but otherwise it was 270 for an initial assessment and 190 for a 50 minute follow-up). My insurance had a 1000 limit on mental health costs so there was no way I would have been able to get therapy or regular psychiatric consultations in the UK without digging deep into my pockets.

I'm glad I'm in the Netherlands now, where I can get the treatment I need - I pay for my T but that's a personal choice. I don't know what would have happened if I'd had to stay in the UK. The waiting lists and lack of support for those not in immediate crisis (and those who are) is appalling in my opinion.

I can't remember if it was you or another poster on this topic but the reference to the 'Surviving a Borderline Parent' book looks interesting - I may well order the book as it bears a lot of relevance to my childhood experiences. I'm not myself BPD.

Good luck. Does 'Mind' have any help on offer? I have the feeling they offer support groups - perhaps counseling too?

Witti


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