Suited And Booted: Don’t Dress Smart To A Psych Appointment, The Fellow Patients Will Accuse You Of Being A Member Of Staff

I saw the psychiatrist earlier today. I was quite cynical about seeing him as it was to be the same psych I saw at the beginning of this year who told me I wasn’t depressed and then promptly doubled the dose of the venlafaxine (an anti-depressant).

This time was a lot more refreshing. As I was sitting in the waiting room, Allison walked in, having been on a home visit, and offered me a cup of coffee. Sitting there, looking quite out of place as I was in a suit (I had a job interview this morning – didn’t get the job) another patient walked in and asked me how I’d managed to get a cup of coffee. I just shrugged and he said “but you work for the mental health don’t you? I mean you’re obviously not a patient” to which I told him that I was a patient, but a patient who had had a job interview that morning and who’s CPN walked through the door and offered me a cup of coffee.

The psych was very approachable and seemed to treat me much more like an adult. He accepted that the venlafaxine wasn’t working as effectively as it should and therefore we should try another anti-depressant. I am now to wean myself down to 150mg/day for a week, then 75mg/day after than whereupon I can start taking 60mg/day of duloxetine. After a week on that I am to stop taking the venlafaxine completely. He says he wants to see me again in 4 weeks to assess how the duloxetine is working.

Allison said that she still wants to see me tomorrow, despite briefly seeing me today. I really seem to have found a gem with her there. This weekend I am going to draft out a letter of complaint to the chief executive of the Chelsea & Westminster NHS over the registrar’s comments and treatment of me in A&E last weekend. I am then going to show it to Allison in the appointment I have with her a week tomorrow and then post it. I have decided that I’m not going to let him get away with the way he treated me, call it my stroppy side kicking in.



6 Responses to “Suited And Booted: Don’t Dress Smart To A Psych Appointment, The Fellow Patients Will Accuse You Of Being A Member Of Staff”

  1. Lola Snow Says:

    ***Gets out pom-poms and whistle****
    “Go Ruuuuth, Goooo Ruuuth!”
    You go with your stroppy side Mrs!
    V. proud of you. Kick some smarmy bast*rd arse!
    Fingers crossed that the duloxetine works for you

    Lola x

  2. Disillusioned Says:

    Good for you, Ruth!
    And good for Alison too – and the psych.
    Really hope that the new med does its job for you, and that the changeover goes well. Good that the psych is seeing you again so soon, and also that Alison is seeing you tomorrow.

    Hang on in there – be gentle with yourself.

  3. Mental Patient Says:

    I think you’re doing the right thing in making a complaint. I hope the new drug works for you.

  4. Immi Says:

    I’m glad you got to go and make a complaint.

  5. Alison Says:

    Good for you Ruth, sometimes you just have to fight your corner when you know your right… I’ve done the same over the foreman whose just took four weeks to do my bathroom, it should have took 10 days… he could get fired with what I wrote in my letter, but it’s his own fault for not doing his job as he should have done!

    Take care and have a good weekend x

  6. Hannah Says:

    Really glad you’re doing something about the registrar in the hospital, that kind of behaviour is obviously not on.
    I’m jealous that you have such a nice CPN though!

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