21 October 2014 - 15:32
I haven’t been on for a while as not been at all well and for various reasons needed some me time.
Those of you who have been on the forums for a while will know that I’ve been struggling for some time to access treatment for my physical conditions. I had a day patient stay a couple of weeks ago for an investigation and was treated appallingly by the nursing staff apart from anything else they ignored my request to not touch any of my possessions.
I have multiple physical conditions as evidenced either by routine tests/investigations or they are clearly visible for all to see such as the oedema and yet I'm not being offered the appropriate investigations or treatments.
I'm definitely not the only one with a mental health condition such as OCD that is struggling to access treatment for physical conditions. It would be interesting to know the scale of this problem. So perhaps you could all let us know if you have a problem or indeed if you are able to access treatment without any problem.
Please answer the following:
If you are diagnosed with OCD do you find it difficult accessing treatment for your physical conditions simply because the doctors don’t take you seriously?
If you have OCD and are actually offered treatment for a physical condition do the surgery/hospital accommodate your OCD and make reasonable adjustment? Or do you just have to either muddle through it or even decline the treatment?
Have you ever been to the doctor with a problem regarding your OCD (for instance sore and cracked hands from over washing them) and ended up being sent to a dermatologist but not getting any help for your OCD?
Please can as many people as possible from the UK (not from abroad) respond to this to give us an idea of the scale of the problem.