seekingERPnorthwest

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  1. Hi, I was just wanting to check, in the stepped care system, won't the majority of people's routes to treatment be via IAPT as one of the first interventions though? Please could you run through the other (better quality) settings where you can get CBT? https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/adults/iapt/ says "The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme began in 2008 and has transformed treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression in England. [...] IAPT services provide evidence based treatments for people with anxiety and depression (implementing NICE guidelines)." They are "delivered by fully trained and accredited practitioners, matched to the mental health problem". So, if it's frequently poor quality, what can we / could we do about it? The website says they want to expand it...
  2. Just to say that I was diagnosed with OCD 8 years ago, and just this year I've been told (by a psychiatrist) that I've got obsessive compulsive personality disorder traits too. They're different things, but I just wanted to mention the personality disorder in case it has any relevance for you
  3. Some people do neutralising rituals in their minds - presumably this is not a "physical" compulsion but I'm sure it's very common... ??
  4. Psychiatrists use a manual called DSM-IV (the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).... If that helps?
  5. Just to say that NHS patients do have the right to a second opinion
  6. Thanks as ever, Ashley. No, it's MIND. Yes I understood that the first couple of sessions would be like an assessment, with the therapist asking me questions to find out about me, but I've had 9 sessions now. I don't know how to challenge my thought processes but it's very useful to know that that is what I could / should be trying
  7. Good news about the book. It's so frustrating when services can't tell us how long the wait is. Hope you have other means of support. I'm not working and am attending quite a few activities at MIND. Hope you can meet friends locally to keep your mood up.
  8. Thanks, Lish. I really like your last point (tackling OCD head on).
  9. Hi! That wasn't a long introduction. Sorry you've been waiting so long for the CBT. Can they tell you how much longer it will be? Good luck
  10. I think they come from a nursing, social work or occupational therapy background (their first degree) and then they do a postgraduate course which makes them into a mental health practitioner and then something else (like years of experience I guess) must make them into a senior one. They can do "joint" assessments for NHS care (health) and social care (social services...) but the problem I found is that they are not necessarily a specialist OCD practitioner, so the assessment may not ask you the right questions for them to be able to understand the problems you have and the care you need. If your diagnosis is unclear / you don't have a specific diagnosis then this person could refer you directly to a psychiatrist if necessary. You may need to directly ask for this / be clear with them about the type of assessment you need them to provide.
  11. I've been having CBT. My therapist asks me a lot of questions and I answer them. I fill out lots of worksheets. That's CBT? I don't follow how answering questions about my OCD and filling out worksheets about my OCD is helping to alleviate the problems.... Help!
  12. Hi Jimmy, that sounds great (spending time with your son doing outdoor exercise etc.!). I've been doing Nordic walking, crossfit, walking up a hill as well... My care co-ordinator asked me if I had been sleeping better as a result and I thought about it and realised that I had! No I don't know what I should be doing but I've read the conference agenda and it says that Prof Salkovkis has a topic on what to do when you're on a waiting list! My hope fades quite frequently but I try to have something to look forward to to keep me going. Things have been going well at MIND - I've made some new friends so I've got more people to hang out with which is great. Enjoy your summer
  13. I don't really like the way that (in my opinion / experience) some users seem to have a habit of pontificating about the right way to think about things. It would be my preference, if people feel qualified to do that, if they would include whether their response is based upon clinical / professional standing or if it's just their personal opinion. I think that if people's replies to comments are their personal opinion / personal advice rather than professional guidance, then we should respect other forum users' wish to find things out, not to be told that they shouldn't be asking what they want to know. If someone asks a fairly open question then I don't think that others should be making judgements about what the questioner "wants to hear" - I think we should recognise that some things are new and confusing, and that some people want to reach out to others in a similar situation for help when they are struggling. I'm just more in favour of a positive approach / open dialogue because that for me would improve my experience of the forum.
  14. I just wanted to say that it really upsets me when someone (or me!) asks something and another person posts to say (for example) that they don't think the person should be asking what they have asked / that they think they should be asking something else. If I or someone else posts something that we'd like to ask other users if they can help, I think it would be more respectful if the forum allows people to put a question / request for help out there and for people who feel they can answer to do so. My personal experience is that a few frequent users effectively tell others that their question is somehow or other not a valid or worthwhile one, which for me isn't the type of response which I'm hoping for when I post!
  15. Dear Matticus, please go to a different GP. !