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Just some background info: I’m a 17 year old guy, currently studying three of the hardest and most time-consuming subjects (Mathematics, Biology & Chemistry). I’m not particularly confident, I’ve always felt sorta outta place.
I suffer with severe depression (I self-harm & have attempted suicide) and generalised anxiety disorder (I take days off of college because of it). I’ve explained to my GP the severity of the situation, and the absolute need for quick intervention before my life becomes too affected or, worse, before my life ceases to exist.
However, I was met with the old ‘counselling is the best option’ stance from 3 different GPs. Granted, however, only one is aware of the severity. I understand their apprehension to prescribe medication, and also to put me on any CAHMS service because of the sheer pressure the services feel, but the counselling service, which is supplied by a local charity, has extensive waiting lists, with those with ‘best’ flexibility able to access the service after 6 months, while those who are on more firm schedules usually wait around a year. I have made a point of saying that this is simply not good enough. I am already taking successive days off of college, and have attempted suicide/self-harmed more frequently than ever. My education does not have a year — it has, at best, a month before the deficits become irreparable in the time I have. But more than that, honestly, my life does not have a year.
I’m just wondering, is it still a acceptable for my GP to sit there and say ‘counselling is the ONLY option’ or should I be offered more immediate interventions, like medication, owing to the seriousness of the situation and the — quite frankly — huge need for more rapid intervention?
Thank you for reading & the subsequent replies.
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