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Has anyone seen a Mental Health Occupational Therapist ?

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shado

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Anyone ?
What are ur experiences?
I'm looking for as much details as u can give.. as I have my first appointment this week and I am going to try it but I'm not sure it's really going to be for me.. I've read that they go out with u and I dont think I can do that .. I struggle on my own but being with someone that is evaluating me I just dont think I can..
 
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natalie

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Hi Shado,

From what I have remembered, and this is my long term memory working here, you basically have meetings with the OT, occupational therapists, or just one of them, and the meetings take place in the departments of community mental health team itself, if you are thinking of out and about, I think you must be confused with Befriending, Qualified Befrienders do that side of things.


I am sure that people/posters - members who have seen one recently will be able to help you out, couldn't you possibly have one of your parents, or a friend, by that I mean a close friend whom might know of your problems, to assist you for moral support at the meetings? Also, they might be able to help you to back up your problems, if you have problems struggling explaining your case history.


I hope some of this will be of help.
 
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hi ,my last cpn wanted me to meet with one ,i believe at the time it was to see how i was coping and managing and what i could and couldn't do around the house

it fell through though as my cpn said i wouldn't work with her

i hope the meeting goes well
love Lu x
 
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Dts91

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Hi, so I know you posted this a few months ago, sorry for not replying sooner, I have not logged on here for a loong time. I realise I am possibly to late to help you, but I thought I'd answer anyway, just in case.

I have not been seen by an OT but I did work for my local Mental Health OT department for a while (just to be clear, I was their administrator so I am certainly not an expert on the different OT practices and just because this is how my local OT department worked doesnt mean it will be the same for them all).

The kinds of things you would do really depends on what you have been diagnosed with/are struggling with.

Yes, sometimes OTs will go out and about with you but only for specific things. They are not like a befriending service that will go with you to appointments or shopping etc. (Having said that, if the issue your facing is that you are having trouble going to places like supermarkets then yes, they would go shopping with you.)

So, usually a first appointment would take place at the OT department, wherever that is based, however some initial appointments are done at the patients home depending on circumstance, issue, severity etc.

I hope you don't mind but I had a look at your profile and saw on your other post that you have a fear of loud strong winds which is making you very anxious. If this is what you have been referred for then I can only guess at what the OTs might want to cover with you, but they will possibly look at ways of tackling the phobia itself. They have a few ways of doing this but the only one I can remember off the top of my head is called graded exposure. It's where the OTs slowly expose you to the thing you are afraid of (eg spiders. they might start by showing you a photo of a spider far away, then a close up photo, then a video, then ask you to go into a room with a spider etc. Does that make sense?). This would depend on what other support you are getting, the kind of set up that your NHS board has, what the OTs are trained in etc. so I cant say for sure.

This might involve them going out with you to somewhere that often has a lot of wind such as a hill or beach but it's less about them assessing you when your out and about and more about them trying to get you used to being around wind to try and reduce your anxiety.

The other thing they are likely to do is a home assessment. This is where they come and look at your home to see if there are any physical changes that can be made to help you. So if the noise of the wind outside is causing you anxiety they might look at how to block some of that sound so that you are less aware of it or try to put something in place that distract you from the sound, for example.

From what I learned working there OT is not an exact science, obviously every person is different so it's hard to say precisely what you might be doing with them but I hope that helped explain things a bit. Also I know that every bunch has a few bad apples but I found the vast majority of the OTs that I worked with to be genuinely nice, kind and caring people.

I really hope your appointment went well and that the OTs are able to help you. Like I said, I'm definitely not an expert and it has been a while since I worked there but if you have questions I would be happy to try and answer them.
 
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