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Mental Health in Glasgow

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beansprout100

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Mental health stigma

Hi there

Just signed up recently and am surprised that nobody in the Glasgow area
seems to suffer from poor mental health, or are they just too embarrassed
to admit it? Come on you fellow glaswegians, be loud and proud, and help to eliminate the stigma that surrounds this condition.
Hi there Jim,I live in Glasgow and although I am not a sufferer myself, I have lived for over thirty years with someone who is.She's been in Monklands psychiatric unit,Parkhead and as we now live in the south side she is rapidly heading for Leverndale..if it's still open.You mention the stigma of mental illness.Been there ,done that, ate the t-shirt.I've lost jobs, houses, every penny I've ever had and all...and I mean all of my friends..who were decent enough people but in the end just couldn't cope with the madness.You know the kind of thing.My wife tried to burn the house down,accused me of assault after she'd tried to kill me.So, cops at the door, ambulances to take her away and on,and on, and on.If you are a sufferer, and I assume that you are then let me suggest a way in which we could all go some way to help to remove that very stigma.How about finding a way to get the mentally ill to take their tablets?The theory goes something like this.You become mentally ill
you go to the doctor/psychiatrist they in turn prescribe anti depressants or whatever, you take the tablets,three to six months later you feel o.k..Stigma gone and everybody down the pub.Sound good?Then what's the problem? Because a good number of very reputable surveys have shown that less than thirty per cent of the mentally ill who are prescribed medication actually take it.Why?Got any ideas?They will try acupuncture, thought field therapy,seeking their inner child,hypno-analysis,psychoanalysis,retro-analysis,
counselling,cognitive therapy,booze, drugs,food binges and anything else I've left out.But will they take the tablets that were twenty years in the making and another ten in trials?No!And do you know why...because I've had thirty years to ponder this and I don't.Perhaps before I go any futher some of you"sufferers" could explain that to me.

Let me know...Lawrie
 
unlucky

unlucky

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Sometimes its because the side effects are a nightmare, I was one of the people who were put on Seroquel and ended up trying to kill myself 3 times yet I was still told it would work. Other times the tablets just don't work, its all trial and error and if after your anti d hasn't worked and its been changed 10 times ~I don't blame people for just giving up on it!! I personally do take mine now but there have been times I've given up on it. Oh, welcome to the forum!! You'll probably get more answers if you post on the main forum because not many people go into the Scottish one.
 
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DELATEXT

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Glasgow forum

It would be wonderful to have a local glasgow forum ??
How do we set it up ??
I am not sure but i see others seem keen on the idea ???:salut::salut:
 
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DELATEXT

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Hi, there is a glasgow forum, under local forms please check it out I have been trying to encourage people to post ??
hope people will as there are many suffers in glasgow ??


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jollyroger

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Hi....just new to the forum..... Im from Lanarkshire. Never done anything with this anxiety and now feel I need to act, but really dont know where to strt, suppose the docs is a good place.
 
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DELATEXT

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the doctor is the first port of call, try to relate as best you can how you are affected etc, also the mental health charities like Samh, Richmond fellowship can help and advise
 
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jonesy

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im new to this forum, have been coping alone with my husbands mental health problems for 30 years, we are both 45 and have been together since we were 14, and am really disappointed with the services in glasgow, we went to shawpark st clinic last december and the OT said she would arrange anger managment counselling still havent heard back from them, he is particularly bad at the moment, and he also suffers from a serious heart condition and has to take 13 tablets a day and he is currently feeling suicidal, he hasnt been out for a year has stopped washing, his teeth are black and has refused to cut his hair for years, and he is ranting on constantly about the tories cuts and having to go throught tests for benefits, and yet i have saved the nhs thousands by looking after my husband 24/7 and i dont claim attendance allowance, but if you are on benefits these days you are lablelled as as scrounger or dole scum so it doesnt encourage you to claim benefit even if you are entiltled to it, am totally exhausted, he is sleeping just now cos i made him take a diazepam, so a couple of hours peace!
 
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jonesy

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hi jim, im jan and have been coping ALONE with my husbands mental health problems, for thirty years, we have been together since 14, we are both 45 now and i have had little support from mental health agencies in glasgow, im really getting exhausted and angry now, he has been hospitalised in the 90's when he thought the world was goin to end and was self harming and suicidal, he has had depression, personality disorder, anxiety all his adult life and no one knows the half of what i go throught, in fact no one really wants to talk about it, l left him for a few months ten years ago when i felf i couldnt cope anymore but i love him dearly and my daughters were upset so i went home, my husband takes his anti depressants and tranquillisers but he wont take anti physcotics, he hasnt been out for a year, is refusing to wash, his teeth are black and his hair is long and matted, he has smashed up the house on numerous occasions, he thought for years i was having a secret life which of course was not true, wish i did have a bloody secret life! he had his first heart attack at 35 and another 2 years ago so he has to take around 13-15 tablets a day so he is used to taking medication but the problems never go away, i could write a feckin book about it but you get the picture i suppose, jan...
 
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I am so sorry to hear of your plight, does your husband have a cpn, if not ask your doctor to get him one, contact samh 0141 945 4085 or social work north 0141 276 4700 , samh can provide lots of help and support, you need respite hopefully social work can help , also call the princeess royal trust for carers 0141 285 7927
hope this helps, if I can do any thing else please let us know ?
 
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Christopher

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Hello all.

I'm a Glaswegian Type I Bipolar. Hi! Been stable now for a year or so but always waiting for the other shoe to drop... I hate the medication, but I take it for the sake of my family - if I didn't have my daughter I don't think I would.
 
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unlucky

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Just had a quick look, do they help with advocacy dela. I'm starting to panic about this government and my incapacity benefit. I should get dla too but I don't claim it because I couldn't cope with the hassles of going through the assessments but it looks like its going to get just as difficult for incapacity.
 
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