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Anyone been under CAMHS?

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Hiya, I was just wondering if any one had been under CAMHS and what their experience was like. I've been under CAMHS myself. Just been discharged and moved to someone else as I'm 18 now. My experience was alright, they weren't the best people on earth. She told me I was depressed and self-harming wouldn't be an issue, when I am not getting better from the 'treatment' she gave me and I am now self-harming.

I'd just like to know if your experience has been god or bad? Did you get the help you needed?

~~~mindprobs13 xx
 
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Erm.. don't know whether to be honest with you or not. (Obviously I will be).

My experience of CAMHS was a positive one. I didn't make much of a recovery, because i'm still using the adult CMHT. But i've not made a recovery with the adult team either.

I found CAMHS were very supportive, I got more frequent appointments and with less waiting time. I also recall being offered more than i've ever been offered by the adult team e.g. inpatient care, specialist services and therapies.

It was a big shock to me going from that kind of care into the adult community mental health team, where appointments are fewer and you're pretty much left to get on with life on your own.
I suppose i've got better in some ways since being an adult, but I have to reiterate, that's because i've had such a poor level of support from the CMHT that i've had to learn to cope.

I really don't want all this to put you off.. this was just my experience. Obviously mental health services vary from place to place. x
 
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I too found CAMHS provided better care than adult services. I was provided with a dedicated psychiatrist, a psychologist, CBT and art therapy. Whereas now I'm an adult, that kind of stuff has only been offered while in inpatient care.
 
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In our experience CAMHS was absolutely no help. In fact made things worse. I can go into details if appropriate.
But in my view, this NHS service should be immediately scrapped, and the money used elsewhere. A waste of taxpayers money IMO.
 
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I used to be under CAMHS when I was a teenager. They were pretty useless in my book. My caseworker was obsessed with getting me to stop biting my nails. When it came to my psychosis, they just let it run wild without medication or therapy.
 
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Can you believe they actually gave my daughter a menu of behaviours?
"So, do you do A, B, C, D, E or F?"
That certainly gave her some ideas of things to worry about that she hadn't previously (where's the facepalm emoji?)
I call what they do 'psychology by numbers'. i.e. they follow a prescribed pattern of treatment. But there's no one-size-fits-all treatment here. The therapy has to be done on an individual basis.
Quite honestly, the difference between CAMHS and the private counselor we're now seeing is like night and day. So much more effective.
 
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I go a lot of support, seeing pdoc, dietitian and counsellor regularly. I cant say it helped much, but that was my fault as I was not prepared to talk about my issues much.
 
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Can you believe they actually gave my daughter a menu of behaviours?
"So, do you do A, B, C, D, E or F?"
That certainly gave her some ideas of things to worry about that she hadn't previously (where's the facepalm emoji?)
I call what they do 'psychology by numbers'. i.e. they follow a prescribed pattern of treatment. But there's no one-size-fits-all treatment here. The therapy has to be done on an individual basis.
Quite honestly, the difference between CAMHS and the private counselor we're now seeing is like night and day. So much more effective.
How else would you find out if they did the behaviours? I think a lot of young people will not volunteer up the info or think that abnormal behaviour is normal and so not feel any need to mention it.
 
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How else would you find out if they did the behaviours? I think a lot of young people will not volunteer up the info or think that abnormal behaviour is normal and so not feel any need to mention it.
I would expect a good therapist to get that information without suggesting other things that could potentially increase anxiety levels, or cause them to adopt the suggested behaviours.
And besides, an adult carer would be present, so would be in an ideal position to prompt the young person, or offer additional information about their behaviours, if the person was reticent about it.
 
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All I can relate is my experience of CAMHS in our area. It's not just the therapy sessions I had issues with, the actual place for the consultations wasn't nice either. And environments do matter to certain people in a vulnerable mental state.
You may have had a better experience with the service, but we didn't, and looking around a bit, I don't think we're alone. Basically if the NHS is going to pour money into such a service, please make it a good one, otherwise it's a huge waste of resources.
 
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I would expect a good therapist to get that information without suggesting other things that could potentially increase anxiety levels, or cause them to adopt the suggested behaviours.
And besides, an adult carer would be present, so would be in an ideal position to prompt the young person, or offer additional information about their behaviours, if the person was reticent about it.
I thought you meant at an assessment appt to see how severe their issues were so they could be accurately assessed.

Is that normal practice to have a adult carer, do you mean a parent? I would think that could well inhibit anything a child says. I know if my parents were there I wouldn't have said anything, I saw all my issues as extremely private and my parents had no knowledge most of it and I would never want them to know. You and your daughter seem to have a very open relationship, which I would think is quite rare. I guess I was older than your daughter so that may be why I didn't have to have one, thank god. What if their parents are the cause of their issues?
 
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I thought you meant at an assessment appt to see how severe their issues were so they could be accurately assessed.

Is that normal practice to have a adult carer, do you mean a parent? I would think that could well inhibit anything a child says. I know if my parents were there I wouldn't have said anything, I saw all my issues as extremely private and my parents had no knowledge most of it and I would never want them to know. You and your daughter seem to have a very open relationship, which I would think is quite rare. I guess I was older than your daughter so that may be why I didn't have to have one, thank god. What if their parents are the cause of their issues?
Everyone's different I suppose, and each case has to be assessed individually. Yes absolutely, good point, the parents could indeed be part of the problem. In fact the CAMHS therapy sessions were done alone with our daughter, whereas the private counselor allows my wife to stay - obviously my daughter is happy with this. Mum doesn't say anything most of the time though.
 
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