"My daughter's experience at CAMHS"
About: Lanarkshire Community Services / Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services Lanarkshire Community Services Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services Royal Edinburgh Hospital / Adolescent Psychiatry Royal Edinburgh Hospital Adolescent Psychiatry EH10 5HF Stobhill Hospital Stobhill Hospital Glasgow G21 3UW
Posted by Darwin (as ),
My daughter attended CAMHS (Cumbernauld/Airdrie) due to mood disorder symptoms and was referred by our G. P and the Mental Health Team at Monklands Hospital.
Unfortunately the initial psychiatrist we saw, refused to listen properly to my daughter and us which resulted in my daughter's mental health deteriorating considerably. A CAMHS clinician was however very helpful during this period. We found the initial psychiatrist was rude, arrogant, extremely unhelpful. and made a difficult time much worse. We were told that genetics were irrelevant and a family history of depression was unimportant. The consultant believed solely in psychotherapy as a treatment for my daughter's diagnosis of "low mood". After 6 months of getting absolutely nowhere we eventually were able to change psychiatrist but my daughter was by now so ill she had to be admitted to the CAMHS inpatient unit at Edinburgh Royal.
The staff there were wonderful, particularly, Dr Brown. My daughter was then transferred to Skye House Adolescent Unit (Stobhill Hospital) where she spent 8 months and was diagnosed and treated for Bipolar Disorder. The staff at Skye House were fantastic especially Dr Discombe and Karra.
My daughter is now with a different CAMHS team (Bellshill/Coatbridge) and it has been a revelation in the difference in approach, care and expertise. They also referred my daughter to the CAMHS Intensive Treatment Team (CITT) who have been great and very helpful.
It would have been beneficial for my daughter to have been seen by them prior to her hospital admission.
Chris and Peter (both CITT) were great with my daughter even though their approaches were quite different.
We encountered a poor example of what CAMHS has to offer but also some very good examples of how it should be done.