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I have Bipolar 2. I'm giving up on the NHS. Fortunately I can afford private within limits. I moved back to the UK three years ago from Australia and befor ethat the US. In both places I had much better mental health care than here.
Right now I need to make some meds adjustments - lithium and effexor have started to give me bad side effects. I'm off the lithium and on to depakote but I still need to change from effexor. The latter is tough to do and I need some team support. My experience with the NHS has been uniformly bad. I had a very poor and borderline incompetent psychiatrist on one visit and have had two failed attempts to get a referral accepted recently. Suicidal ideation is a problem for me but that doesn't appear to get more traction.
On my latest attempt to get a referral accepted, I've been calling Delamere House in Crewe attempting to contact a person I talked to two weeks ago. Yesterday, I made 27 phone calls trying to find her.
Now I'm considering going to the Priory. Are there any experiences that people can share? Did you get good treatment?
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