"Treated with antidepressants and CBT when I was suffering with viral infections"

About: Lister Hospital / Neurology

(as the patient),

I had a chronic feeling of being infected after an acute respiratory infection leading to fatigue, blurred eyesight, disturbed sleep, constipation, lethargy and weakness. It felt to me like there was no attempt made to diagnose the problem within the NHS, just antibiotics based upon the assumption that I had a secondary bacterial infection. When this failed, I was prescribed antidepressants, graded exercise and cognitive behaviour therapy. I became significantly worse and was then discharged as being treatment resistant. One private doctor at a private hospital provided medical tests and found several active viral infections, along with an autonomic nervous system malfunction, all of which contributed to my symptoms and supported my belief that the medical professionals that I had encountered in the NHS had misdiagnosed me twice.

In my opinion, just like other public sector organisations, the NHS is analogous to the classic boat race between Oxford and Cambridge. Both the Oxford and Cambridge teams consist of eight powerful rowers and one coxswain, whereas it seems to me that the NHS team consists of eight coxswain and one person rowing. From my perspective, NHS reforms rearrange the eight coxswain, retain one rower and wonder why it fails to provide an improvement.

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