Crisis team worries
I'm seeing the crisis team tonight, i have already had my assessment early hours this morning so i have a little understanding about their services.
I feel really scared now though, i don't know what to expect from them... i don't know what they will be expecting of me either. I feel sick to the stomach with nerves.
I was in such a mess last night and am now feeling a bit silly.
Can anyone help put my mind at rest
HI. I was around then too and you have no cause to be feeling silly because you were unwell and feeling overwhelmed. I guess maybe no one explained the role of the CT - that would be typical!
Basically they are there to support someone who is needing a bit of a hand but who is not unwell enough to go into hospital, a bit of prevention I guess. They also aim to keep you out of hospital if possible. Mine have always been happy to go through my current difficulties with me one by one. Maybe you could have a go at writing these down. Not really issues for therapy, but things that would help you stay at home and be well and safe and on the path to more stability. This can be defined by you.....
I do it like this.
Home....secure and have one?
Finances...can I manage them alone. Arrears for bills? Benefits?
Daily stuff....food, warmth, personal hygiene, childcare, job,,,etc,
Medication. Need review/how can I be safe/ give excess to them/someone temporarily.
Support - where am I/can I get it.....cpn, therapist, social worker, relatives, friends, warden, day care etc.
Other issues/misc. My WRAP plan and Crisis Plan. My multisensory boxes and use of DBT.
Next apointments....agreeing the CT input, how often, by what method.......
Not all of these will apply at any one time, but the outline means all bases are covered. Don't try and think of all of this at once. I write down what I need for each section and what help I want to get and from who, and weather I can ask for/get it with help or on my own.
Mostly I have found they appreciate my efforts because it saves them having to do all the thinking.
I do hope this helps. Please don't try and diminish how tough things got for you or minimise your real needs out of embarrassed, I do that too then end up in a bigger panic!
Do it one section at a time, go away, read, make a cuppa, then come back.
After my first suicide attempt in April, I was referred to the Crisis Team. For me they just came to my house once a day (usually evening) sat down and just asked if I was okay, gave me my medication for the night and left and called before the came the next day. I also had a psychiatrist come once to assess me at the beginning then discharge me. All together the support lasted for 2 weeks. It wasn't bad at all and I didn't find them intrusive.
maxitab.. will give that ago, there are some issues there which i could really talk about, thank you. Maybe i should mention my struggles at uni, all my benifits stopping which is a major stresser and my constant uncertanty general stuff.
Amber.. i'm sorry to hear you were feeling low, hope things are better now. they are coming to mine in the evening once a day too. However i'm currently off all my meds (thats half the problem, i think). Thanks for the insight.