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what help do you get with your depression?(5 Posts)
I think it really depends on where you live and who you get referred to.
Shame you have to pay for counselling. Is it helping?
I had a family mental health unit near me but then we moved for financial reasons and I was supposed to see the pyschiatrist to get a CPN but have been waiting so long for an appointment I can get to. Thankfully I'm feeling better (partly down to the move I think and partly sorting things out with dh so I feel a bit more supported).
Lottie, it does depend where you live I think as to what they do. It is up to the psychiatrists here if you need a care co-ordinator, and that is only for those with severe or enduring mental health need... others can access cbt etc through Gp's. However you don't always get a CPN - it could be a Social Worker (SW) or an Occupational Therapist (OT) depending on your situation and who they have free etc.
I see my psychiatrist every couple of weeks. CPN/ care coordinator every other day ATM. I had several weeks of in patient care at a psychiatric hospital. I also get support from the crisis team as and when I need it. I was very ill though, had a few psychotic episodes, was hearing voices etc.
I think Lottie it does depend on the Primary Care Trust in your area. I was allocated a CPN because I was an inpatient for 3 months, and I have been seeing her for a year, was weekly but now monthly. I have been referred to NHS psychologist but am still awaiting appt and I only have the CPN because the psychology dept won't take on anyone without a care co-ordinator, so when the psychology ends (if it ever starts!) so will the CPN. I see the conslt psych every 3 months. He's been today and stayed all of 5 mins, but I'm glad about that because he is a very detached person and has no interpersonal skills at all. Just what you need with a psychiatrist!
I think (and hope) that the service you get is based on clinical need, but maybe I am being a little naieve and it is about finance as much as anything and practice will I am certain differ, dependent upon the way mental health services are organised in your area.
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