Can I sue the NHS for failing to treat my mental health?
I have official diagnoses of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), anxiety, depression and autism.
Since I left the child and adolescent mental health services (an NHS service) in June 2017, things went downhill from there. CAMHS were good to me, they referred me to the Adult Mental Health Team. The lady from CAMHS said I still needed help, so that’s why she referred me to the adult mental health services. However, when I got to Adult Services, I was under one nurse and she didn’t really do anything to help me. She said that they can’t help me, so then she discharged me and wrote a brief letter saying that they couldn’t help me.
The nurse who discharged me then referred me to a different service in January 2018, a service which anyone can go to if they’re experiencing anxiety or depression. I was on a waiting list for that service. A different woman at this service asked me if I was ever tested for autism. I said, “no.” So then the woman form that service referred me for an ASD test. It was positive and I’d have autism.
However, the service that diagnosed me with autism couldn’t help me because at the time I was (and still am) experiencing eating problems with excessive binge eating. They told me that I was too complex for them to handle.
So, then I got referred back to the GP and they referred me to a place called under the NHS, however, they couldn’t help me either because my needs were too complex for them.
So, this place then referred back to the Adult Mental Health Services in August 2018. From August 2018 till now, the only help I’ve had was a problem-solving group that was meant to last for 6 weeks, but the last one got cancelled because the coronavirus. I did have 3 sessions for treatment for OCD, however, I decided my eating issues were far worse than my OCD. So, they decided to stop the OCD treatment.
I had to keep telling my care coordinator at Adult Mental Health Services that I think I may have a binge eating disorder. Time and time again, I told her this. Finally, she referred me to the eating disorder clinic where I had an assessment… to just then be told I haven’t got a binge eating disorder and was told to get motivated to lose weight (I have absolutely no motivation because I’m suffering with all these mental issues).
This last year I have felt myself rapidly decline in health in more ways than one. In January 2018, I was 20 stone. Now I am 23 stone 4 pounds. I have felt my moods getting worse and I can’t stand anything anymore to do with nose. I’m overly aware of how people speak and it irritated me. I hate noise and when things get done wrong, I get angry very easily and breakdown at least 4 times a week. From day to day, my moods vary from being elated to down and depressed. I can also feel myself slightly more violent in my behaviour and speech. I don’t mean to be like this – but the mental health team have left me for so long, I’ve become like this. When I become so angry, I can’t reason and listen to anyone because I think I know what’s best.
Nearly every day I am calling the crisis team, but they don’t help me. I used to constantly call and email my GP, but I now see him every few months. However, my mental health has become so much worse. I’ve learnt nothing from my problems and issues; they’ve all just made me worse.
Because the Adult Mental Health Services have failed to treat me, I think I've developed BPD or some form of Bipolar.
How the Adult Mental Health Team has failed to do for me
Being discharged too soon from medical care (because apparently, they couldn’t help me despite on their website it says they help with OCD, anxiety and depression)
Failure to heed family’s warnings or requests for help (we constantly phone and phone and phone, but no one seems to care)
Mental health issues being misdiagnosed as another illness (this wasn’t from the Adult Mental Health Services, but from a different NHS service. They claim that my binge eating is to do with my OCD, but it’s not)
Inadequate staffing within the mental health facility (I had to wait several months for a care-coordinator)
Excessive delays between diagnosis and treatment (it's taken them nearly 3 years for them to get me any form of treatment)
Is there anyway I can sue them for negligence for my mental health? Has anyone else ever done this before?