"April House: not sure where to go next"
About: April House April House Southampton SO19 5ES
Posted by AmberDancer (as ),
I was on the waiting list for several months before getting an assessment with the team. As my weight was 'too high' I was put on the waiting list. About a year on I started to lose weight rapidly, and with the help from my amazing GP, and a letter from a worried friend, I was quickly assessed again. It's a shame I had to deteriorate physically to get any help.
I started 24 sessions of CBT with an amazing therapist (with 3 follow-up). My weight wasn't stabilising, so I was asked if I would like to go onto the day programme. I agreed. Experiences on the day programme were mixed. I had agreed to do a shortened version of the programme just to maintain my weight. However, towards the end of my time on the programme I realised that I needed to gain weight to be healthy. I asked if I was able to stay longer but this was refused. The reason I was given was 'I think we'll just stick with the time agreed.' I wasn't too happy but didn't take it any further because I was sure I wouldn't be taken seriously.
I am aware that there is a long waiting list for both therapy and the day programme. I know this needs to be based on clinical need and as my weight was 'stable' I guess I would have been at the bottom of the pile.
Good bits about the programme: meeting amazing friends who are going through the same thing, supportive staff (most), brilliant groups.
Bad bits: Inconsistencies between staff, not being trusted, being kept inside.
I can't help thinking that if I was allowed to do a weight gain programme, I would be in a better position now. I am struggling to maintain my weight at present. I have recently finished therapy with an amazing therapist. I am not sure where to go next.