"Lack of psychological therapy for Bipolar Disorder"
About: Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Adult mental health DN4 8QN
Posted by phatboyjim (as ),
I have been living with bipolar disorder for the last 7 years, during which time I have only been able to get 2 appointments with a psychologist.
About 6 month's ago I asked my psychiatrist if I could be referred to see a psychologist for CBT or similar.
I explained the reason's why I would like this treatment since I had sufferred alot of loss. These reason's included, loss of job, loss of father, loss of access to see my son, loss of my home, and marriage break-up.
His response, I feel, suggested that I had not sufferred enough and that psychological therapy would not do anything.
In all honesty I could not believe his response and I felt it showed a total lack of empathy, understanding for the patient, and great deal of insensitivity.
Could the trust please explain why we have so much trouble accessing the services which would keep us well and help with our recovery.
Surely it is better to have somebody living in the community, getting CBT or similar than locking them up in expensive inpatient wards?