I am a regular patient - been treated by mental health for the past 20 years at least. When I'm well I have 3 monthly checkups. Been feeling bad and going downhill during lockdown as I am shielding. Twice I have phoned for help and have been told the duty worker will phone back. They never have - which makes me feel even worse in myself. Feel so badly let down and unsupported.
a monthly basis at least until I'd had my first appointment with the psychologist. I was seen TWICE. My medication was upped at the second appointment and then I was left to my own devices for FOUR months. The medication isn't working at all and I don't know what to do since they haven't given me any options, am I supposed to call them and ask for a review? Or am I supposed to wait the 4 months - it's been 2, my next appointment, with an 'advanced nurse practitioner', is still 2 months away -wasting NHS money on tablets that aren't helping me? There's no point in taking the medication so I guess I'll just save up for a rainy day. I would give everything I have for an assessment because I don't think it's possible to treat something if you don't know what it is you're treating but perhaps they know something I don't. Perhaps they've decided it's easier to take my doctor's word for it, I fit depression so therefore that must be it and it alone because its not like depression often exists alongside other mental health issues. This service is yet another let down, I don't know why I'm even surprised.