The team have been keen to look for reasons why my daughter – in fact both of them suffered breakdowns. The answer may be straight before them. Noone knows for sure what causes a breakdown however I have seen in three cases in my family this has happened when someone has taken on too much for themselves and become worn down as a result and also, trauma. Some experts automatically point the finger at home, family and environment. Yes, sometimes that can be a huge factor but it is usually an event that triggers it. The loss of someone close to that person, a terrible incident of rape or abuse, for army personnel, flashbacks of terrible experiences, taking on too much of a challenge – overwork, pressure, expectations etc etc. For instance some young people become ill at university when they are loaded with work, feel under so much pressure and away from home and family for support. I personally know of such cases.
Then comes the cure ……………………………….ANTI-DEPRESSANTS/ANTI-PSYCHOTICS dished out by psychiatrists/GPs. Some may appear to work to begin with but then comes the terrible realisation that you are stuck and end up feeling worse. You cannot just come off them. They tell you they are not addictive BUT THAT IS NOT TRUE. Elizabeth has been told she must remain on them for the rest of her life yet I truly believe she was a victim of crime and did not get proper decent care under the local mental health authority whose Chief Executive has in the past called the care “excellent” – I wonder if I was to name the local area how many people would agree with this Chief Executive who was warned to respond to be in a nicer way by the Healthcare Commission. THE FACTS ARE YOU CAN COME OFF THESE DRUGS BUT NOONE WANTS TO HELP UNDER THE NHS. THERE IS HELP FOR THOSE ON ILLLICIT DRUGS BUT NOT PRESCRIBED DRUGS EVEN IF THERE ARE QUERIES AS TO THE DIAGNOSES BEING CORRECT OR NOT. IT IS A VERY VERY CRUEL SYSTEM THAT NOONE WILL STAND UP AND SAY THEY DISPUTE A DIAGNOSIS AND THAT SOMEONE CAN BE MISDIAGNOSED BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF LEGAL ACTION.
I have been system of complaints so many times and NOTHING has been resolved. I have only just received a letter from the Local Government Ombudsman in support of the team. THIS IS RUBBISH – THE REPORT IS NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT IS WRITTEN ON . How can services be improved if nothing is done. They need to look at every detail in the file and obviously they do not bother to read the details to come to such a conclusion. For the most part it is the dismissive attitude of these professionals that is the worst thing and how they stick together. You get nowhere with a team like this and the team locally are responsible for providing ongoing care for my daughter. The only way to get rid of such a team is to move and I am no longer happy in this area that is for sure.
It is not just the mentally ill who are ignored and not listened to as well as their families and carers b ut also the elderly BUT THAT IS ANOTHER STORY. IT IS A SHOCKING STORY AS WELL AND I WILL BE WRITING ABOUT THIS AT A LATER DATE. THIS SORT OF THING GETS INTHE PAPERS BUT NOTHING IS EVER WRITTEN ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH EITHER BECAUSE THE NEWSPAPERS COULD BE INFLUENCED BY THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES OR ELSE ARE THEY TOO AFRAID?? THIS SHOULD BE OF PUBLIC INTEREST. IF SOMEONE KILLS AND ARE UNDER MENTAL HEALTH THEN QUESTIONS ARE IMMEDIATELY RAISED – THESE POOR PEOPLE THAT DO THINGS LIKE THIS ARE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS THAT MAKE THEM VIOLENT.