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Anyone been into the Priory?

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lilyc25

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Just got back from my psychiatrist who is recommending a short stay at the Priory to kick start my recovery from my most recent bout of depression.

Can anyone tell me what I can expect if I decide to go in?

It sounds a bit scary to me but I dont think I have anything to lose and as my health insurance is withdrawing the cover in January its now or never.
 
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*Sapphire*

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There are lots of priory hospitals around the UK. If it is 'The priory' in London then I have been led to believe that it is more palatial than NHS hospitals! And you may rub shoulders with the rich and famous. But that is all I know of it I'm afraid.

I did go to a private hospital for almost a year though funded by the NHS, the groups were better than NHS alternatives, they also had a wide range of activities, great food and the surroundings and furnishings were luxurious. If I wasn't in such a bad way I would have appreciated it more. I think if the surroundings are lovely it can help alleviate your depression, like a nice retreat, but it also made it harder to leave, even though there were at times problems there.
 
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Apotheosis

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I know a few people that have been - It certainly sounds better than an NHS nut house.
 
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bubbling under

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My mum went to the priory near the new forest, sorry can't remember the exact location, 3 yrs ago when she had a nervous breakdown....I truly believe it saved her. Think it through, and if you can try and treat it as a headspa....mums had a swimming pool, gym, beautiful gardens to sit in and fabulous fabulous staff. It felt like a hotel tbh, and you were always greeted with a smile.

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Sorry I cat help, never been to The Priory, sounds good though.

Closest I can relate to is a private de-tox my father sent me to (alcohol) for a week. I did it no problem at all and really enjoyed the Librium. But unfortunately my local supermarket doesnt sell librium only alcohol so that was a bummer LOL. After the week detox (terrible therapy - really toe-curlingly bad - so I complained as I was a therapist for 17 years and ethics are ethics) I was supposed to stay at the "rest home" for two weeks. A shabby little old mansion in N. Lincs. Well it was filthy beyond the rooms you see when you visit to agree to spend thousands there. So I rang my ex-boyfriend (who lived about twelve miles away) collected my fathers cheque from the office, jumped in his car and buzzed off.

Saved a huge amount of money.

No medical insurance paying in this case.

So you are onto a good thing if you are covered and its a quality place, I would seriously go for it if you feel it might help.

The places I got sent to were money machines, and my scepticism was triggered. Plus I really resent being labelled an alcoholic for convenience sake.

Good luck, I hope it is soft and gentle and makes you feel really loved and cared for .
 
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I think if you've got the chance to go the the Priory then go. The hospitals look lovely, have beautiful surroundings and the therapy offered seems so much better than what you get in an NHS psych. hospital. I enquired yesterday about being an inpatient but I cannot afford £600+ a night.
 
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lilyc25

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Thanks everyone. I am going in today so fingers crossed.
 
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dreambuggieII

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errr my tu' pence

lovely rooms, nice nurses, great facilities in comparison to the NHS.

medication side: this was my very first admission to a Mental Hospital. I can not remember seeing a psych doc nor was I offered therapy ( as i was put there cos there were no spaces at my local NHS).

I was 23 and having quite mixed thoughts. In hind sight, I would have loved to have had a good ole chat with someone who would have asked me what was I thinking about. But didn't get the golden question.

They put me on a very high dosage of anti-psychotics.

I became "normal" during my stay.



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20 years on - I wish someone had asked me the golden question. <sigh>

I'm now in the anti-psychiatry lobby - we all choose different paths.

I have had 5 relapses with my DSM condition and am now dealing with "it" without meds. I walk the tightrope between sanity and insanity daily, but I do it mainly to try and prove that alternative therapies and talking therapies - should be an option that is offered to everyone in Mental hospital.

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best wishes with your decision
 
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Apotheosis

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I walk the tightrope between sanity and insanity daily, but I do it mainly to try and prove that alternative therapies and talking therapies - should be an option that is offered to everyone in Mental hospital.
Good on you.

Dominus vobiscum
 
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flamehairedlunatic

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The Priory pretty much saved my life after the NHS refused to pick me up after 3 suicide attempts in a short space of time.

The rooms are a lot nicer and more homely than an NHS hospital, plus you get a room to yourself - BONUS!

The therapy is really good and all the staff that work there want to engage with you and help you. I felt I was involved a lot more in my recovery and my opinions were asked.

I was in for 11 weeks and it really helped me sort my head out, start taking the right meds, get a proper diagnosis (after 5 years with the NHS) and I managed to get back to my job and career.

I still have outpatients appointments with the Priory but the NHS have kept me on their caseload too so I see a Priory psych and therapist and an NHS CPN.

Hope your stay helps.
 
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sheridandani

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Overuse of drugs.

errr my tu' pence

lovely rooms, nice nurses, great facilities in comparison to the NHS.

medication side: this was my very first admission to a Mental Hospital. I can not remember seeing a psych doc nor was I offered therapy ( as i was put there cos there were no spaces at my local NHS).

I was 23 and having quite mixed thoughts. In hind sight, I would have loved to have had a good ole chat with someone who would have asked me what was I thinking about. But didn't get the golden question.

They put me on a very high dosage of anti-psychotics.

I became "normal" during my stay.



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20 years on - I wish someone had asked me the golden question. <sigh>

I'm now in the anti-psychiatry lobby - we all choose different paths.

I have had 5 relapses with my DSM condition and am now dealing with "it" without meds. I walk the tightrope between sanity and insanity daily, but I do it mainly to try and prove that alternative therapies and talking therapies - should be an option that is offered to everyone in Mental hospital.

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best wishes with your decision

Hi dreambuggie, I just read your response about being given drugs as opposed to having someone talk to you and offer you therapy during your stay at the priory. I'm researching the overuse of anti-psychotics as opposed to other form of treatment and wondered if I could talk to you more about your experience? Maybe we could email? Let me know if you would like to. Thank you, Dani
 
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mkj0308

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Hi sheridandani, I believe my brother is being given too much medication while in hospital. I've been researching myself and think alternative therapy (talking) would be much better. He seems to be getting worse instead of better in there. Just wondering if your research could help us too. I could email you.
 
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mrspoon

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Been in the priory twice, NHS hospital once. The food is better in the priory and the rooms are nicer. In the priory there was lots of groups to attend unlike the NHS hospital , and if you wanted to get out quicker you attended them and played the game.I wouldn't say I found the groups all that useful, apart from the fitness and yoga classes which I enjoyed. But I found with the other groups lead by a therapist, people in them just wanted to get out the hospital, and very very upset some of them.

I would't say the staff were any better in the priory than the NHS hospital. in both cases the patients were largely ignored,my 'key nurse' in the priory I spoke to him like once in a 3 week stay. I also experienced in the priory the odd situaton of one psychiatrist wanting me as her patient bartering with my psychiatrist offering him any of her patients after for some reason she sat in on a ward round. In the priory patients generally were not as 'sick' as in the NHS one, but the priory still had some nhs patients under section because there was not room in the local nhs hospital.

Finally, the one thing that disturbed me the most about the priory was due to it being a business, people were being kept longer then perhaps some needed to be,but then once insurance runs out they just dump a person. They also were quite underhand with my parents,in that they did not tell them their insurance had run out, and kept me an extra week which my parents had to self pay for.

I wouldn't say private health care is any better than nhs care for mental health in this country, the biggest plus is you do get seen quicker but in my view the quality is not any better in some cases it is worse than NHS.
 
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