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Update on the depression…

June 19th, 2013 (04:11 pm)

I had to go for a counselling session today – which wasn’t at all what I expected. Apprently the NHS don’t DO one-to-one depression counselling. That’s nice.

Instead of which this woman who said she was a depression therapist (I’m guessing that’s not a ten year medical training post) and has booked me on : (wait for it…)

a “Positive Wellbeing Workshop”

gah. Tell me, anyone who knows ANYTHING about me (even when fit and well and completely undepressed) does this sound like something I’m going to like?

It all sounds a bit happy-clappy to me. I’m betting there will be kum-ba-yaing and group hugs. and ….*shudder* improvisational mime.

and this is SUPPOSED TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER????

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Posted by: sandra_lindsey (sandra_lindsey)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)

Oh poor you, that's AWFUL.

It really sucks how what's available on the NHS varies so much from one area to another - we can get 1-to-1 counselling where I live (I've had some, and it was worthwhile), and I recall hearing that they had good mental health services in Oxfordshire when I was down there (though I decided to quit my job and move to Wales instead!)

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)

the only 1 to 1 they do is an organisation in Lowestoft, which I'd have to drive there, and then you only get a "certain number" of sessions and after that you have to pay. PAY??

Posted by: sandra_lindsey (sandra_lindsey)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)

That's rubbish!

Admittedly, the counselling I had wasn't specialist depression counselling, and it was of infinte duration - at the end of the first session the counsellor discussed how many sessions he thought might be appropriate, but it was at least at my local GP surgery.

It really baffles me how we all pay the same NI yet there's so much variance even with provision for basic needs... (and yes, in my books, support and counselling for depression is a basic need)

Posted by: sandra_lindsey (sandra_lindsey)
Posted at: June 19th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)

*was in no way of infinite duration.

Honestly, one of these days I'll learn to read before hitting 'Post'!

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