A trip to A&E (*triggering, maybe*)

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by sorry_mozart, Feb 6, 2007.

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  1. sorry_mozart

    sorry_mozart Well-Known Member

    I ended up in the Accident and Emergency department for the first time after cutting myself last night. I now have 13 stitches in my leg to remind me of how stupid I was. I don't know what to do. I keep getting depressed. It's in my nature. I think I may have bipolar. Someone must be able to help me but the NHS is so terrible at treating depression - they just don't have the resources. Somebody high up seems to think that it's not a serious illness, but I'm in agony here. The doctor who treated me was very nice, but basically said there's nothing she could do beyond treating the wounds. I won't be able to get a referral to a psychiatrist unless I completely flip or actually try to kill myself. That's not what I want ... I just want to stop falling into this hole again, I want to stop being in this much pain. The antidepressants that I'm on aren't working. I can't work, I can't get anything done. I can feel my life slipping away from me - all the years I've lost through this terrible curse. I don't see things getting any better. This is my life, and I think I'll never achieve anything in my career, never have a stable relationship, never work out who I really am because I keep falling into this wretched hole.
     
  2. LeaveMeAlone

    LeaveMeAlone Well-Known Member

    a police office told me that if you step out of your house, so that you're on public property and then you phone 999 and tell them you are going to commit suicide then they can arrest you under the mental health act and have you sectioned. I know it's extreme but if it's the only way you can get help, then it might be worth a shot.
     
  3. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    Get down to your GP he/she can refer you to a shrink.
     
  4. sorry_mozart

    sorry_mozart Well-Known Member

    Thanks for replying. Last time I spoke to my GP she said that psychiatric services would not accept her referral. It seems I'm just not depressed enough(!)

    I don't want to do something extreme just to get attention. It shouldn't have to be that way. I'm ill and I need to see a doctor who specialises in my kind of illness. Why is that so much to ask? Why do they have to make me feel like I'm an attention-seeker and a burden?
     
  5. LeaveMeAlone

    LeaveMeAlone Well-Known Member

    I know it just isn't fair.
     
  6. LeaveMeAlone

    LeaveMeAlone Well-Known Member

    we need a charity that can sort this shit out, if only i had the energy, the money and the determination :(
     
  7. sorry_mozart

    sorry_mozart Well-Known Member

    It's a terrible system. If I could afford to go private, I would, despite my political convictions, but there's no chance. Somebody needs to do something -economic losses due to depression must be huge, you'd think they spend a bit of money on treatment. Maybe I should write to my MP or something ...
     
  8. LeaveMeAlone

    LeaveMeAlone Well-Known Member

    I doubt it will do much good. what we need is something like the rspca.

    it would provide advocates for depressed people to fight for them to get the best treatment, and would fight lawsuits on people's behalf in the case of mis treament, negligence, mal practice etc. it would get the goverment so scared that it would start to shape up the service. unfortunatly it would need quite a lot of money, tho there are lots of famous people / artists with bi-polar or depression so raising money shouldn't be too hard. i don't have the energy to fight tho, i doubt many of us do apart from occasionally.

    Maybe a team of bi-polar people so that at least a couple of them were manic at all times, would do the trick, or just a few well people, who really cared. i dunno maybe we could start a thread and really discuss this properly.
     
  9. sorry_mozart

    sorry_mozart Well-Known Member

    Maybe there's something already out there?

    But perhaps you should start a thread. At least it would be interesting to hear other people's experiences of getting treatment for depression etc. on the NHS.
     
  10. LeaveMeAlone

    LeaveMeAlone Well-Known Member

    i don't think there is anything that exists and if they are then they're doing a piss poor job. I'm sure being the very large forum that we are, if something existed then we'd know about it.
     
  11. LeaveMeAlone

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  12. Ruby

    Ruby Well-Known Member

    That's awful, it really is.

    Did this hospital have a mental health unit/psychiatric ward?
     
  13. sorry_mozart

    sorry_mozart Well-Known Member

    It's a massive hospital, I've no doubt they do have a psych unit, but not for me (it's obviously full of people who've become so exasperated by the state of the NHS that they actually attempted :wink: ).
     
  14. Ignored

    Ignored Staff Alumni

    I don't understand your gp... if she thinks you are not well she should refer you, then they can assess you properly to determine whether or not you have a mental illness! I can't see how they can judge the viability of a referral without having seen you. Have you tried MIND or someone like that for advice?
     
  15. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    Your GP is an arsehole, any GP can refer a patient she's just being too damn lazy.:mad: :mad:

    Check out this site: www.mind.org.uk

    MIND are an organisation for the mentally ill and their families, as Shygirl mentioned they are worth a try.
     
  16. sorry_mozart

    sorry_mozart Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I'm away for the next ten days but I might well get in touch with my local branch of MIND when I get back.
     
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