"The way he treated me was degrading"
Posted by John Smith 2 (as ),
I feel in my experience that NHS mental health services are absolutely lacking.
I had an issue with self-harm at the beginning of the year, it was at its worst point. I got an appointment with a psychiatric nurse and then got an appointment with a psychiatrist the next week.
The way the psychiatrist treated me was degrading. It took a lot for me to go there and tell him how I felt and it felt like he was being dismissive, he treated me like a child. I felt worse when I left and ended up going home and attempting suicide. Apart from A&E I didn’t see anyone else from the NHS for six weeks. My GP tried to help with referrals but I still had to wait.
When I did get back to the psychiatrist he didn’t apologize although he knew what had happened and he had the same dismissive behaviour. By this point I was in a better place so I could handle his attitude.
I found help from a group called Penumbra who help people with self-harm as well as receiving CBT from my local youth centre. I also receive counselling from the Dirrans centre.
I think attitudes of psychiatrists towards mental health patients need to change, they still treat us as lesser human beings and talk down to us.