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Can anyone please tell me where to find a psychiatrist in Plymouth who has experience with Bipolar Disorder? I've been waiting for months for the NHS and have given up on them at this stage. I'm willing to go private but the a lot of the BACP accredited people don't seem to have any experience with Bipolar. I need CBT, I've been on meds since july but I need the therepy as well. I'm moving to Belfast in May so I don't have time to waste!
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Have you tried requesting information via the Royal College of Psychiatrists website? I don't have the url but it comes up if you google. :tea:
 
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Hi Brigid :welcome:,

the BACP accreditation is more for counselling - what you're looking for is a qualified clinical psychologist. This website might help you in locating suitable psychologists in your area:

Find a Psychologist

Hope this helps :)
 
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Can anyone please tell me where to find a psychiatrist in Plymouth who has experience with Bipolar Disorder? I've been waiting for months for the NHS and have given up on them at this stage. I'm willing to go private but the a lot of the BACP accredited people don't seem to have any experience with Bipolar. I need CBT, I've been on meds since july but I need the therepy as well. I'm moving to Belfast in May so I don't have time to waste!
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Brigid
Brigid, sounds like you have the right idea. Positively seeking help when you think you need it is a better start than I had; I spent most of my time in denial running away from the reality. That said I saw psychiatrists, and they only really stepped in when my life had deteriorated to a considerable extent. Push your G.P. for help!!!!! I looked at your PCT page and saw that there are some units, but I'm guessing they are referral only. Try and make your G.P. realise that it isn't good policy to wait until you are in dire need before they help you. As the cliché goes 'prevention is better than cure'

...and of course :welcome:
 
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Welcome Brigid :welcome:

Can anyone please tell me where to find a psychiatrist in Plymouth who has experience with Bipolar Disorder? I've been waiting for months for the NHS and have given up on them at this stage. I'm willing to go private but the a lot of the BACP accredited people don't seem to have any experience with Bipolar. I need CBT, I've been on meds since july but I need the therepy as well. I'm moving to Belfast in May so I don't have time to waste!
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Brigid
Have you discovered our local forum for Plymouth? It has just started this week however there are at least 2 or 3 local Plymouth people who may know some good local psychologists. The Plymouth forum can be found here.

I've put a copy of this thread there so hopefully by the time you get there they may have found some contacts for you.
 
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hi brigid
welcome to the forum:welcome::welcome:
i live in plymouth. i have a lovely psychiatrist - very friendly happy guy but when i feel down i come out of there feeling like screaming.

i dont know how lucky you will be here getting a psychiatrist. are you in desperate need to see one right at the moment. what i mean is - are you on medication and is your medication working? if you are in a desperate situation that you are so ill that you need to see a psychiatrist then you need to go to your gp? do you see a cpn and if not would you be willing to see a cpn instead of a psychiatrist?
The reason I ask you this is there is a service in plymouth called gateway. this is what it is a gateway to getting help.
the number i have for them is 01752669709. they will be operating today. if you phone them and chat to the person on the other end of the line they may be able to point you in the right direction.
i know when i have phoned them in the past they have been so helpful.
i hope everything goes okay for you - let us know how you get on.
just to comment - i love your name - my mother was a brigid also. are you irish? i am. i am from dublin.
like i said hope it goes okay for you. i know somebody who suffers with depression and is going through a bad patch at the moment and she is having a hard time getting access to the mental health care she needs.
best wishes
alice
 
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bkelaries said:
Can anyone please tell me where to find a psychiatrist in Plymouth who has experience with Bipolar Disorder?
The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies has a directory of accredited therapists on their website at www.babcp.org.uk Alternatively you could try phoning the University of Plymouth's Clinical Psychology Department. I'm sure they could put you in touch with someone locally. They have quite a respected course there. There are some contact details which can be found on the following web page: School of Psychology
 
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hi,

im in plymouth too , my gp reffered me to elm view hospital where i have a cpn and shrink , im really supprised your gp hasnt reffered you somewhere.
my hubby is northern irish , we were gonna move back but would have to go through the whole proccess of going through the gp again and waiting months .
just seems there aint enough cpns about
i hope you get something sorted soon ,
and yeah gateway is good , also mind ,
will try to find no
 
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hi rose
it is good to hear from somebody else in the plymouth area. it is very difficult to get things moving with cpns and psychiatrists in this region. when i was very low last year the psychiatrist i had at that time said that cpns where few and far between.
because of the way things are there is almost a feeling that one would want to stay slightly unwell just to stay in the system to ensure one doesnt loose contact with the services.
it took me ages to get help.
but yes gateway is good, mind and of course there is crossroads which i havent used but i know they have excellent facilities as a centre for service users.
great to hear from you.
alice:hug:
 
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hi

hi alice , your so right ,
im going through a real bad time at mo, so what is it you suffer from if you dont mind me asking , and hows your treatment working out,
god i hate the winter , always seam worse even though i dont have sads
bring on the summer
speek to you soon
oh b4 i pop off for a bit is there a chat room here or another site for chat
:(
 
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hi rose
well i suffer with depression. it is very long and detailed. but i went through a time of anti-social behaviour a couple of years ago and it triggered off all sorts of stuff. but i suffer with severe fibromyalgia which causes depression in itself.
i have suffered with agoraphobia for years but somehow managed to cope but it was pretty bad. i was married to somebody who was in the navy and i had to cope on my own with three children.
it wasnt until i suffered with the anti-social behaviour and i tried to kill myself that i eventually got to see a psychiatrist and in talking to him that i discovered that i was suffering with depression all my life. i thought the way i felt was normal. in fact i had spent 18months in hospital as a child and suffered abuse there.
i see my psychiatrist about every six weeks and he is referring me for emdr or post traumatic stress disorder.
it is a long process and at this stage in my life i dont know if i will ever get truly healed.
as for the chat site i dont know of any but i am on msn messenger if you ever want to have a chat.
will try to contact you direct via private messages.
alice:flowers:
 
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hi

omg my old man was in the navy too, but left last feb , i have 4 kids.
well i have psychosis , and manic deppression ,
oh ontop of that i have a severe phobia emetophobia .
and drink way too much , but not during the day , it started off with drugs, self harm anorexia, all these thing to try and be in controll but they didnt work , and got rid off each habit , but not without leaving some scars
any hoo i think we have hijaked this post enough
appologies:oops:
 
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hiya welcome to our gang

re CBT :Connect is right its the BPS (british psychological society) you need if you want a psychologist - but note they are not psychiatrists.

Psychologists will help you with your CBT and you should be able to get that privately if you do not want to wait. (psychartists rarely do this in my experience) ut make sure you have the BPS acreditation as otherwise you could end up with an unqualified person 'helping' you

CBT will treat depression but I am not sure that its aim is to tackle mania so any CBT specialist will certainly help your with depression.

Good luck keep us posted
 
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