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Greysunday

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So how long should i wait for my first referral to see a psychiatrist? 2 months since my G.P. referral went in and nought. I used to work as an RMN in my distant past and realise now what patients need to endure. My dissociative disorder and OCD and driving me up the wall.
 
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Two months isn't too long judging by some peoples waiting times - although I did see one straight away in crisis care that carried on from there.

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thanks for the quick reply. Although waiting over Christmas, tying to be jolly and failing at the first hurdle isn't a nice feeling at all. really thought there would be more local members, perhaps they are unaware of this forum. They should be informed vis leaflets etc at local surgeries etc x
 
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I think for me it was about 4 weeks from GP referral to seeing someone in the MH team, another 5 weeks before I saw a pdoc for a meds review, 6 month waiting list for talking therapy.
 
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Greysunday

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I think they have to offer an appointment within 13 weeks, just like secondary care in general medicine. I was told 2 years waiting list for psychology, seeing a psychiatrist should jump the queue. Small comfort when there is little help for dissociation with derealization
 
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I was lucky and have a boyfriend who is a RMN ( we met before I went loopy) and he worked at the priory and got me to see a Psych doc he works with as I was intally refered in september last year and saw a social worker, who suggested I adopt a granny and go running every day ...........mmmmmmmam a single mother and my family live in France and have idiot of an ex husband and work full time yeah I have hours in my day!

After taking an OD ( am also a trained nurse so did a fairly good job) still saw a social worker again who went never mind you have also tried cutting, and practicaly jumped off the back of a ferry ( was stopped and caught by ships persur. but thats fine go home and after seeing my GP again who was going up the wall, at my sucidal idealtion. I was refered again and eventally saw a consultant who did nothing asked me nothing just saw me for 10 mins and decided to up my sertaline and wrote to my GP stating I was not sucidal la, la la la see the services are crap unforntunetly my health insurence would not cover me being seen at the priory :( sorry torant but the services are dire
 
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Greysunday

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Just received an appointment, just within the 13 week NHS guidelines for referrals, promising a 1-1, hour and a half consultation with a psych. The polt thickens.
 
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My wait to see a psychiatrist was not that long at all, something like 2 or 3 months from being refered.

It seems to me that the referals and seing a psych is a lot quicker than recieving treatments.
 
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Hey Grey sunday thats good news for you - good luck with the appointments - is it with a psych therapist or a psychiatrist?

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Greysunday

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Psychiatrist. This dissociative disorder and OCD isn't too bad when you exist in your own comfort zone; outside of this, shops, other people it is a real problem. Wondered if you could set up Dissociative forum on these pages?
 
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I am sure its a forum we can look at having.. may take a few weeks to sort out but wil get onto it
 
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Greysunday

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Dissociation

The derealization part can be symptomatic of many disorders, even viral conditions. You tend to loose memory of key situations and important events, having to be prompted by others whether they actually took place,whether important documents have arrived, filled in etc. The amount of times others have commented about me living in my own world,well...It's like getting stuck in childhood or adolescence, somekind of solipsism. Interpersonal relationships are a problem, getting the label of being unreliable or hypocritical and making sense of the 'real' world is a nightmare when confronted by benefits, activities of daily living etc.
 
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I was 'lucky' in that I got my psychiatrist on my first admission to hospital seen on ward round and I've had him ever since. I guess I jumped the queue :oops:
 
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Greysunday

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Of course, like general medicine; being an in-patient you will get assessed within hours of admission, but should it have to come to that?
 
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No, I guess I wished that I hadn't got into the state that I was in to require hospitalisation. Previous to that I was just under the care of my GP and no mention had been made of referral to more specialised services. Not great in retrospect.
 
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