Mirtazapine not working after 3 months but cant get an appointment with psychiatrist untill Jan

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Does anyone know how to get an appointment with psychiatrist for an earlier date apart from phoning up and they say we will mention your concerns to Dr but we dont what his diary is like. I saw psychiatrist about 3 weeks ago and told him that my medication was not working after 3 months but he said come back in another 3 months. I feel so lost since I have been refered to the mental health. My G.P. was seeing me every month and still is but can not give me medication as I am under mental health. I am feeling really bad and have nowhere to turn and the 29th of January is way to long for me to wait for appointment

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    Hi,

    ​Can I ask the reason Mirtazapine was prescribed?

     

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      Sorry I was not clear on that. I it is prescribed for depression after many other types of antidepressants over the years but this one wont lift. G.P  said its anhedonia. I sometimes come out of mental health appointment thinking there is more I needed to say.
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    Hi Ruth

    So annoying for you, yes far too long to wait.  You could of course ring up anyway, maybe say you are unable to function/desperate/negative thoughts too much ... or desperate last resort turning up at the hospital if you're on the chrisis team list ??

    I think 3 months is long enough to know if Mirt' is working for you.  Maybe try some CBT either NHS or private; if you are able to go private look for a fully qualified practictioner in your area, google this BABCP - if I put a web address on this forum the moderator will remove my post.  Talking therapies work for some, as in psychiatry but you're left high and dry and that's the worst thing ... jsut a thought, hope you don't mind me suggesting.

    Ive just read up on anhedonia - which of course describes symptoms of depression, knowing this you should peace together the fact that Mirt' has this as a side effect also ... takes a bit of self motivation to push through it, somme people can't get up in the morning as also, Mirt' contains a slow release sedative - it seems to last all day for me.

    I hope you can find something more positive to help you, the failings of the NHS and the extreme waiting time expectation doesn't seem to be helping you, maybe a different therapy hey?

    Best wishes, hope any of this may help x

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      Thank you for your understanding. I have phoned up 2 times now in the last 2 weeks but I think I will phone again. When I phoned one day I asked to speak to the lady on the team I first saw and have spoke to on the phone, they said there is no one there by that name. I know I have not got it wrong because its written down in front of me. I realiized when I left there after my last appointment with the doctor that I should not have gone along with being seen again 3 months but to late I had allready left the building and how do I get back in. I am so used to having good support because my GP in wonderfull.  The mirtazapine has not made me feel dozey or any side effects. I had some hope when I went on them but am feeling so fed up now with this feeling of misery. I have 2 lovely daughters, 6 grandchildren always with me and a lovely flat and friends. All sounds very posotive but I am not feeling it all. Its like being on stage and pretending.
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    Keep badgering GP, it's there place to get your appointment brought forward. 
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      ok i will try that too.  I know it is not possible but I want to see someone instantly, a day is so long when you are feeling bad and wondering if there is any help
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      How are you today Ruth?  Did you talk with your doc or consider turning up at A & E?  

      I wonder if you have someone you could take with you as a buddy, for support, help you with the "key stuff" - it's so easy to forget the things we want to say when on Mirt' as it kind of blocks things out somewhat.

      I guess sitting waiting for an appointment at the end of January is not totally helpful, consider the CBT, ask your doc, you don't need to wait that long for this, maybe move you up the list if you are desperate even.

      C x

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      Thanks for asking. I did phone up yesterday and speak to a team member, she said they will give me an earlier appointment but she said it will be a couple of weeks before I get the letter with appointment date on.  I would advise anyone out there to think before nodding and saying allright like I did when Dr. says I will see you in 2 months or 3 months. He did mention going for CBT but have not heard from them yet. I am not sure how I feel about that, not sure that my mind is ready to really care what they say.
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      Hi Ruth

      Well that's progress I'd say, at least you're getting to see the p.doc sooner!  The CBT is self help, you telephone them in the first instance, they then call you back to take any necessary details (not altogether pleasant but over and done with soon enough) then you are put on a waiting list, BUT, it is a step in the right direction if you want to move on, little by little baby steps, at yor own pace.

      Got to be worth a try maybe?    Google the Lets Talk Wellbeing for your area to get more info' or the telephone number.  It's a free 8 week / 8 appointment service - to talk just about you and put strategies in place to help you realise what changes of your choice will benefit you.  My friend has done this course (me too but I went private) and she felt spoilt being able to talk openly and freely with a very friendly open therapist, (without the intimidation of a p.doc serious attitude).  You're worth it, take a little peek smile

      Best wishes

      C x

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