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why is all care time limited?

Fairy Lucretia

Fairy Lucretia

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ive been told i will never fully recover and will need some level of care forever
i cant see how i can get it though when support workers ,social services are time limited to 6 months to 2 years what if you have a chronic illness and will be poorly forever?
not fair
 
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As someone who is chronically mentally ill and unlikely to recover after 40+ years I can fully empathise with this post. I think the expectation under the "recovery" banner is that people are ill for a short while and expected to make a quick recovery. Support beyond popping pills and baring your bum for a depot is based on that expectation. You are expected to get better within that 6-18 month time frame in terms of getting more than medication based support.
Unfortunately the mental health charities have also adopted this approach and much of what they offer is geared to those expected to have an acute and brief spell of mental illness. There is very little for those with long term illnesses.

The recovery team I was under knew I needed more ongoing support but the junior staff that interacted with me had their hands tied. To the powers that be I had been patched up a little and although deemed by a pdoc as "having limited ability to cope independently in the community" was expected to get on with things.
The other issue is that often people with chronic mental illness have problems affecting them rather than being a direct nuisance to society and it is the latter which pdocs etc are strongly focussed on . You can have limited functioning etc but that's ok unless you annoy or disrupt general society. In that way there is a strong basis to the claims that psychiatry is ,primarily,as stands, a vehicle for social control as opposed to a vehicle for care and support of the distressed/ill individual
 
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I'm with the local Early Intervention Service, but I can only be under their care for 3 years. My 3 years is up now and I'm about to lose my care coordinator. I'm gutted. I've just got used to her and I'm going. Sucks.
 
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My guess is that there are more people who need help than resources to help them. What it really boils down to is money, as crass and cold-hearted as that may sound. Also, we live in a culture that is uncomfortable with suffering. Most people don't like the idea that some people can't get better because it destroys their ideas about how life should be - that suffering and illness shouldn't be permanent. Truthfully, I think people don't want to be faced with the suffering of others because they are afraid that they may someday be in the same position, and thinking about it scares the shit out of people.
 
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used to be those who didn't get better were locked up in institutions out of sight
 
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I'm currently under a psychiatrist, not for the first time.

I think most of them I've seen have attained a level of understanding of my sensitivities.

The proccess is to roll patients off their books with 6 month appointments tapered.
 
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I feel the word 'care' can be used very loosely when applied to the MH services, so too, the word 'professional'. As such, perhaps it's as well that the 'care' they offer is limited, since many people can't stand the sight of them, and are glad to see the back of them :)
 
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