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I've got my first assessment - now I need reassurance!

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Lonelymum Wed 25-May-05 11:40:33

Well, thanks to Mumsnet, I sought help for my crippling phobia and now I have finally got my appointment through - for the week after next. Trouble is, although the letter names one person, an accompanying leaflet says it is usual to see two people who will talk to me for 40 mins or so and then have a short break together before talking to me again. That seems very intimidating for me and I am really scared about attending. Do you suppose I can insist on only seeing one person so I am less intimidated? The person I am seeing is a CPN. Remind me again what that stands for please! Anyone else gone through this who can reassure me?

Lonelymum Wed 25-May-05 13:05:56

Titania Wed 25-May-05 13:07:14

ive been referred to a CPN as well. Hope it all goes well for you. Havent heard from you lately hun x x

Lonelymum Wed 25-May-05 13:08:52

I keep going from feeling OK to completely failing to function at all. How are you right now?

Titania Wed 25-May-05 13:09:21

could be better really. I know how you feel x x

Lonelymum Wed 25-May-05 13:11:17

Are you with dh again?

Titania Wed 25-May-05 13:12:18

hmmm......not really......he left again last night....i didnt let him back in though.....

Titania Wed 25-May-05 13:12:37

i think he reckons im a pushover

Lonelymum Wed 25-May-05 13:14:04

I can't imagine what you are going through. On top of everything else, it must be so hard for you at the moment.

Titania Wed 25-May-05 13:15:04

dont worry about it. im ok. honest. one day at a time

Lonelymum Wed 25-May-05 13:16:55

It's the only way forward isns't it?

Anyway, what is a CPN?

Titania Wed 25-May-05 13:18:02 me on that one too!!! community practice nurse?

Lonelymum Wed 25-May-05 13:21:09

Do you know when your appointment is T?

Titania Wed 25-May-05 13:38:18

no i dont....they were supposed to be comtacting me. sigh.....theres a 12-18 month waiting list for me to go to CBT as well....

Lonelymum Wed 25-May-05 13:39:48

I have waited 6 months for my appt, but now I have moved, they seem a lot quicker round here for the initial assessment. Nothing guaranteeing I will get any treatment quickly though.

bez Mon 30-May-05 19:22:20

cpn is community psychiatric nurse

fluppy Wed 15-Jun-05 11:06:13

Just saw your thread and don't know the background (what is your phobia, if you don't mind me asking?) but thought I might be able to answer some questions.

Initial assessments are made in order to assess the nature of your difficulties and whether there are any urgent issues that need to be addressed (e.g. very low mood), and then to allocate you to a suitable professional within the mental health team. The CPN will not necessarily be your therapist, although in teams I have worked within CPNs often take care of people presenting with 'simple phobias' where there are quite well-defined fears that are not complicated by other problems a person might also be experiencing. Some CPNs are enormously experienced and as good as (if not better than!)the psychologists and psychiatrists in the team.

The number of people in the initial meeting will depend on the way the service choses to work. Some services find it very helpful to work in pairs so that there is someone to 'bounce off' when thinking about what a person said and how to understand their difficulties. They should explain this to you when you arrive: don't let it put you off.

Do remember that all you will do in an initial assessment session is to sit in a room and talk to someone about the things you are finding difficult, answer any questions they might have so that they can understand what you are describing, possibly complete some tick-box questionnaires about your mood and worries (but not in all services), and then hear from them as to how they think you can best be helped.

What is it that frightens you about going along?

fluppy Wed 15-Jun-05 11:08:29

Sorry - CHOOSES, not choses...

how many more months can I keep blaming my post-natal brain?...

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