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Orchid2016

CAMHS taking a while to diagnose, can we get private diagnosis?

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We are having issues with CAMHS. After my daughter telling them she has OCD and her thoughts stop her from eating they have been exploring eating disorders. Correctly ruled them out but still haven’t diagnosed her with OCD. Not sure what they think she has then? We was told last time diagnosis is ongoing and was given the impression it was going to take quite some time. I have found someone who can do a private diagnosis for her. If we got her diagnosed privately, can we take the report to our doctors/CAMHS for them to step up and give her appropriate treatment? Or would they use this as an excuse to withdraw their services?

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I suppose the important thing is, are they treating your daughter in the meantime?  It really is difficult to say whether getting a private report and taking it to CAMHS would have any affect on how they are treating your daughter.  My son has been mainly in the private system, but NHS do step in in a crisis, with varying success.  The first time when he was feeling suicidal, they gave him a leaflet on a computer course (yes really!), but the second time more recently, they had a team meet with him every day.  They obviously took him more seriously that time!  

So I don't think they would automatically withdraw their services, but whether they take any notice of a report is another matter.  The problem is that they are all different and who knows how they will react!

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Thankyou for your reply. Sorry to hear about your son. Sometimes the NHS don’t understand do they and it all depends on if your lucky to get the right person. Which has been our problem all along. The mental health practitioner she was under didn’t know much about OCD. You would think when a child is presenting symptoms of OCD they are assigned to someone with the appropriate skills. He was just a temporary worker from an agency that had recently joined their team. They now know he isn’t upto the job of assessing what’s going on and treating her and they appear to be doing what they can to get her the right support. She’s been assigned a new specialist who is experienced with OCD and should be starting an OCD therapy course next month. At least for now my daughter now feels understood and hopefully we won’t need the private report.

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