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Psychiatrist in Plymouth who has experience with Bipolar Disorder?

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bkelaries

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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
 
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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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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 a well respected course there. There are some contact details which can be found on the following web page: School of Psychology
 
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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
Hi Brigid, did my answer help at all. I know that Plymouth is very short on alternative therapies, with a massive reliance on chemicals. :mad: :hug:
 
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Ralph 1.

If you are going to Ireland, is it for long. It might be as well if you search over there for help, so that when you get there all is laid on. Moving is very difficult for people with mental health problems, and forward planning helps a lot. I'm sorry I can't find you a psychiatrist over here, but I think the idea of contacting the local Mental Health Team (someone gave the phone number above) is a very good one. They MAY be able to co-ordinate your care from here to Ireland.
Best of luck. I hope things work out well for you.
The main thing is DON'T PANIC.
Cheers.
 
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To bkelraries.

Have you been to y our G.P. and asked for a referral? If you are still in Ireland you migh find help over there. Are you staying over, or retu rning to Plymouth?:)
 
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maudikie

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There are several good ideas given to you. Another approach could be through your PCT(Patient Care Trust) I am not sure where the contact is, but you could get this from your G.P.
 
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