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Appointment with Non Scheduled Care Team at psychiatric hospital, what does this mean?(6 Posts)
I have got this letter to attend this appointment and am a bit confused by the term 'non scheduled care'. Have been having mental health problems for 3 months now (although possibly underlying for a long time). Main trigger of setting off my depression was my mum's cardiac arrest on 1st Jan and trauma of being in hospital with her 2 nights not knowing if she was going to live or not. Longer problems of bereavement, my dad and husband died the same year. Husband died 16 months ago very suddenly leaving me with 3 kids, 2 of which are teenagers. Eldest is 17 and has mental health problems. So around Christmas time started apointments with my son at the mental health hospital and was also visiting my mum for weeks on end at other hospital in two different cities. Was back to work too. My job is working with physically and mentally disabled pupils at a school, I am based mainly with 14 year olds. It is dreadfully difficult work but I love it. However can be chaotic, pupils can be violent, throw things etc. Several things went wrong in the house which is partially renovated and therefore not fully functional. There are mice running around my kitchen just now. I live in the country 3 miles away from a shop. I have to do all the shopping because of that. My daughter has been skipping school or going to school and hiding in the toilets so had a few phone calls asking where she is. Youngest son (age 11) gets negleted from me most of the time and his sleeping patterns are haywire. Anyway signed off work end Jan and basically lived in bed for 3 weeks. So started started on fluoxtine 13 Feb. 2 weeks later felt great. Back to work and everyone commenting how well I was coping. I realise in retrospect I was coping too well. Felt like I could do anything. Was getting strong euphoric feelings in the mornings. Also started thinking I didnt need to eat so severely cutting my calorie intake. 4 weeks in I was self harming and barely no sleep (already had insomnia anyway) due to huge energy surges and my mind going over and over things often obessively the same thoughts. Also when I am up periods of extreme restlessness and at the weekends having mad cleaning sprees (which is great). Had a breakdown at work and am now off again. Sorry this is rather long. Last Monday had a long standing counselling appointment and was scored highest possible for anxiety as was shaking so much and was honest about the self harm. She told me to go to doctor. Next day was so anxious I just walked into the GPs and she told me to stop antidepressants which I have. Then said she would arrange an urgent appointment with a psychiatrist which would be within 2 weeks at the doctors surgery. I also have an ear/throat infection which is really draining me. On Friday I get this letter telling me to go to this non scheduled appointment on mental hospital on Monday morning. I also have an appointment with my son on Monday at the same hospital fortuately an hour later so should just be able to dash across the hospital grounds to get to that. The thought of 2 appointments back to back is really stressing me though. I just need to offload and ask if anyone can tell me what non scheduled care means.
you have had such a tough time, I'm not surprised you are strugling. I also think non-scheduled probably means an emergency appointment. DH sees his psychiatrist every 6 months ish, so I supose that would be an example of scheduled care.
OK so I get the impression that everyone thinks this is serious. Thanks its hard to think clearly sometimes as I feel just fine a lot of the time but like too 'fine' and I know I can't live on feeling high all the time forever! I was really posting mainly to offload which I did hence the long post but also to ask if anyone else had this type of appointment before and could offer some guidance so I know what to expect as am feeling quite nervous about it.
Sorry I can't tell you what to expect at your appointment. I think it can only be good that they are taking things seriously and have got you an appointment so soon. It does sound a bit like a mania or hypomania to my untrained eye, hopefully they will be able to get you back on a more even keel soon.
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