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Lyra

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I haven't posted for ages as among other things have been very depressed and suicidal.
Was seeing a psychologist but she said I was too depressed to treat and stopped seeing me. I was left with only a crisis number for support and when I phoned them I got no answer.
I ended up having to go and stay with family for months in another county - while there I got tremendous support from their community mental health team who came out, sometimes several times a week to see me and they commented that to stop seeing someone because they are too depressed sounded biazarre to them - they see people more often when they are depressed.
What support does everyone else get when they are very depressed - do you get seen by someone regularly or just left like I was?
 
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Hello Lyra
sounds like you are very lucky to have had such support, ive never heard of this in the UK, lack of resources so they say.
I am concerned that your psychologist said this to you. What did your doctor say when you told him/her? :confused:
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Hi Lyra, I live in Flintshire, N.Wales. I see my CPN every week or every two weeks depending on how I am feeling. Apparently, the CPN will call in as often as she/he feels necessary, every day if she feels you are very poorly. The CMHT like to keep clients in their own home rather than sending people in to hospital.
I have two support workers at the moment; one to go out in to the community for groups, walks etc and I have another support worker who helps me in the home and helps with shopping,finances etc.
The support is given based on needs and is steadily withdrawn as deemed necessary. The aim of the CMHT is to encourage clients to live independently , taking an active part in their community as well as coping with their illness.
I find it strange and incomprehensible that there should be such a wide gulf in the treatment you received for your depression. I suppose that just proves how bad the state of Mental Health services really are.
 
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Lyra

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Wow -thats amazing!!!
I have never had anyone come to the house - even when I was so ill I couldn't get out of bed and couldn't get out to buy food or get my anti -depressants no-one came. I was just left to starve and get more and more depressed.
Believe it or not the Lincolnshire trust got an excellent rating as well. If only the people rating knew what really went on.
 
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Hi.
I'm French, and I've seen 3 psychologists since 2003, when I was in high school. The last one I saw was in my college, and she stopped seeing me because I was too depressed too, but she advised me to see a psychiatrist instead. But 30 minutes of support once in a month isn't that great. So I searched for help on another forum, and a member there advised me to come here. I come every 2 days or so, everytime I feel so bad that I need support.
Anyways, I don't think it's the best thing to do, and avoid it as much as you can, but the meds I got from my psychiatrist are doing a great job since I started the treatment. All my suicidal/violent thoughts are gone.

I know it's easier to said than done, but I'm amazed at how fast I started to take myself in charge, and I know I'm on the good way to heal most of my psychological wounds.

Hang on!
 
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Hi there,

I'm so glad Jack that you find coming here a hel (me too!).

In terms of the sort of support I get... when I was really depressed it was hospitalisation. Since then I see my CPN every other week, my psychologist weekly and my psychiatrist once every three months. I also attend a mental health resource centre three times a week. So on the whole I feel fairly well supported. They also run a helpline which I've used a few times when I've been realy low.
 
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Lyra

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Seems like it very much depends where you live how much help you get. Some areas seem very good.
Obviously Lincolnshire is way behind other areas.
 
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ITs fustrating the diferent services that have been offered.. glad you got some support while staying with relatives in another area. Ice not been hospitilised but have had dealing with Crisis services, liason team, psych and a good GP.
 
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I have never had anyone come to the house - even when I was so ill I couldn't get out of bed and couldn't get out to buy food or get my anti -depressants no-one came. I was just left to starve and get more and more depressed.
Me too Lyra. I am waiting for a support worker and have been for several months.

My psychologist did not turn me away even when I was severely depressed so I am grateful for that. I've heard other people say the same thing you did and it may be that some people when very depressed cannot/will not talk (or listen effectively) and are therefore not going to get anything useful out of their sessions. Just a thought.

I have only been given 16 sessions and I am now more than half-way through wondering how on earth I will manage when they end.

I now see my CPN every week but only because there have been so many incidents of emergency hospitalization and erratic behaviour and contact with the police. I think it is appalling to be honest. As soon as I first said I was so very miserable I wished I were dead they should have organised proper support and regular therapy. Instead my life has merely spiralled downwards into chaos.

If adequate therapies and support were available in the first instance much of the situation would have been resolved by now. I am very frustrated about this. To make matters worse I do not even have a crisis number. If I get worse over the weekend I end up in the back of a police van if I can't somehow keep going until Monday when I might be able to speak to a CPN.

Even the support worker (if I ever get one) will only work 9-5 weekdays and I believe I will only get one or two hours of that per week....and I'll still have evenings and weekends with zero support. I made it through this weekend in one piece owing to writing my journal here on this forum....it should'nt have to be a substitute for adequate mental health care.
 
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I haven't posted for ages as among other things have been very depressed and suicidal.
Was seeing a psychologist but she said I was too depressed to treat and stopped seeing me. I was left with only a crisis number for support and when I phoned them I got no answer.
I ended up having to go and stay with family for months in another county - while there I got tremendous support from their community mental health team who came out, sometimes several times a week to see me and they commented that to stop seeing someone because they are too depressed sounded biazarre to them - they see people more often when they are depressed.
What support does everyone else get when they are very depressed - do you get seen by someone regularly or just left like I was?
I'm just gobsmacked, I bet you were really :scared:this is terriable news though the whole contry is in amess if not the world I'm warming to obama n its just one more day to his inaugration it will be such a fabulous concert I hope so much that he starts to sort the worlds ills out I think hes got a good team behind him lets hope so. regards JD
 
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