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GP making me so angry!

Discussion in 'Rants, Musings and Ideas' started by weirdal, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. weirdal

    weirdal Forum Buddy

    Hi everyone

    Ive been depressed since I was around 14, and a year ago took the leap of faith to see a GP.

    They put me on sertraline, and while it made some improvement at the beginning, it's really begun to lose its effectivneess over the last few months.

    I went to the GP today - just got back - and basically explained that my mental health has taken a severe turn for the worst, and I'd really like to see a psychiatrist to try and get a proper diagnosis and figure out exactly whats wrong with me, and what the best path of treatment is, as I don't believe its JUST depressionl, and think there could be another aspect involved.

    he basically said theres nothing wrong with me, he can't refer me, and that medications arent very helpful in treating most mental illnesses (WHICH I KNOW TO BE HUGELY INCORRECT), and literally it turned into a full on argument with me saying I need help,and him saying a diagnosis is not benefical and because ive felt liek this for 9 years, ia should just suck it up and get used to it.

    What the hell do i have to do do actually get some help - i could possibly go priviate, but i dont have that much money spare, and that would probably use up almost all of what I have.

    Is there anything more i can do on the NHS apart from see the local mental health practionier again (who he DID refer me to) but when i saw her before she said the same thing as the doctor.
    Sorry for the rant, needed to get all this out and see if anyone can help :(
  2. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    Hi there, I am from Ireland so I do not know how the NHS system works, but can you see a different doctor without going private, or get a second opinion. I am in agreement with you that he is hugely wrong as you put it. He should have taken your word for it and referred you if he felt the need to, it seems like you are literally begging for help, crying out for it but cannot get it. If you can afford to go private go for it (if you cannot see another doctor) because you know your own body and how it works and how you are NOT supposed to feel. I hope you can figure something out and get the help that you need. Just FYI I am also on sertraline and its mixed with lexapro as it's supposed to help even more when mixed with lexapro, it works grand for me, best of luck to you. I am sorry you are in such great distress and hope you can get it seen to and diagnosed.
  3. weirdal

    weirdal Forum Buddy

    THanks for your reply, i don't know what else I'm supposed to say, I explained im depressed, have suicidal feelings, am struggling with reality in itself, but he just said it's not as important as other peoples situations etc.

    Already seen two doctors, so maybe onto the next - LOL

    Thanks for your help
  4. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    Can you go into emergency dept and ask to see on call psychiatrist there who can diagnose you and maybe change your medication a bit i am sorry your gp is not hearing you or listening it is so upsetting when professionals do that Hope you can find a way to find another gp who does hear you
  5. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    You are welcome weirdal. Go to the next doctor if you have to, your current one obviously does not understand depression, you cannot teach an old god new tricks. Some of my family don't even believe in mental illness they think it's a cop out for being lazy so I do understand. TE's response above was right, you can go to the hospital and ask to speak to the on call psychiatrist. You need to do this for yourself and do NOT give up because there are doctors and people who will understand and care, good luck :)
  6. Freya

    Freya Loves SF Staff Member ADMIN SF Author

    The NHS can be a complete pain in the ass about referrals of any kind - especially mental health referrals. If I were you I would see a different GP as a start and explain clearly that you don't consider it to be adequate treatment to be told that the thing you have suffered with for 9 years does not warrant specialist attention. If it is clear that a General Practitioner cannot help with the condition, then it is time for a specialist in the field to weigh in.

    I would also contact PALs http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Patient-advice-and-liaison-services-(PALS)/LocationSearch/363 and put in a query with them - they deal with complaints and advice etc (never used them so I don't know how effective they are)

    The fact is even if you go private, your GP can ignore any recommendations. Your GP sounds like a bit of an asshat if he is saying after only one med that you can't be helped to be honest. I have spoken to GPs like this "You are just going to have to find a way to deal with it" - not helpful and in my opinion not right.

    See a different doctor, and if needs be a different practise - explain clearly and calmly that you need more help and want to try a different medication route and that you would like to be referred to a psychiatrist.

    I am sorry - GPs can be a nightmare esp in the UK but there are good ones out there - you just have to persevere.
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  7. weirdal

    weirdal Forum Buddy

    Thanks everyone for your replies,

    I decided to be proactive, and have arranged a private sessions with a psychiatrist, at a cost of £395, but this does give me a full report to take back to my GP.

    I know it;s a lot of money, but I think this is a good idea as even IF my GP refuses to accept the report,I think Iwill have an easier time if i change GP or surgery etc.

  8. Freya

    Freya Loves SF Staff Member ADMIN SF Author

    Wow - that is a lot of money! Let me (us) know how that works out for you - I will be really interested to see how that goes. Good Luck!
  9. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    Wow, that will put a hole in your pocket. If you are going to go private I would recommend you do it from a recommendation as you do not wanna waste 400 quid. Are there any in your area that charge less? 395 sounds too steep. In 2010 I went private and it was 90 euro, shop around first and see what is on offer but if you are happy paying the 400 I really want to know how it goes,, be sure to let us know. It's unfortunate that this is the cost of good health care, well good is subjective, I just hope it goes as smoothly as planned.
  10. Yoyogirl86

    Yoyogirl86 Well-Known Member

    I really hope it all goes well for you and you get the answer you need. Always mention your situation circumstances as the last thing on your mind. Say how your depression affects daily life for example relationships with family/friends, lack of sleep etc. If you have had a lot of stressful things then please mention these too. Don't just say your fed up with job seeking and that's the reason you get depressed. Say that you cannot cope well with life in general
  11. carebear35

    carebear35 Active Member

    I've heard stories lately about the NHS and they sound about as clued up as our government hospitals and clinics. I hope you get your situation sorted out. I have to pay a private psychologist or else risk waiting months to see a government one, which I can't really do with my BPD as unstable as it is. Good luck to you though.
  12. weirdal

    weirdal Forum Buddy

    Thanks for all the messages everyone!

    The private appointment is booked in with a very reputable clinic in London, UK, and I've seen it reccommended on the psychiatryic guild or w/e it's called, so I will update you all accordingly. It's booked for the 18th this month.

    While I'm lucky enough to be able to afford this session at the moment, I find it truly disgusting that this is the route I've had to go down - I'm not naive to the fact I'm lucky to be able to afford it - if I wasnt able to, I honestly don't know where I would turn.

    While the NHS is under a lot of strain, and admitiablly they DO do a good job on the whole, the mental health side of things is a complete and utter disgrace for the mostpart, and I can;t emphathise enough with those who are stuck in the endless loop of the NHS mental health service.