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Hi, my name is Daren68!

Daren68
Daren68 Member Posts: 6 Listener
Hello all, I have suffered with my mental health all my life, hope you are all managing 

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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 11,025 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Daren68 - & welcome to the community. Thank you for joining, & your kind wishes. How are you doing? :)
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,821 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community Feel free to join in or ask any questions 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • Daren68
    Daren68 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    chiarieds said:
    Hi @Daren68 - & welcome to the community. Thank you for joining, & your kind wishes. How are you doing? :)
    Okish thanks 😊 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,610

    Scope community team

    Welcome to the community from me too @daren68 :) It's great to have you on board.

    How has your weekend been?

    I'm sorry to hear that you've been struggling with your mental health for a long time now. Do you feel you receive enough support to help you manage your mental health? 

    If you'd like to discuss topics relating to mental health, you might like to visit our mental health and wellbeing category

    We've also been having a discussion about mental health over on our World Mental Health Day post, which you might be interested in taking part in. 
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  • Daren68
    Daren68 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hello tori, usual weekend for me but I hope you are having a good one, I struggle every day with my mental health but I don't get too low, in addition to having my mental health issues I also have full body arthritis and spinal problems to contend with. I changed my GP just before lockdown because my previous GP was extremely uncaring and I got very close to doing something unthinkable so left that surgery before I did, I'm so happy that I did because I now have a good GP, I hadn't been able to speak with him until recently but he is actually helping me. So I feel okish. He's dealing with my physical issues first because that is affecting my mental health dramatically. I would love to give anyone else suffering with similar issues so they know they are never alone 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,632 Disability Gamechanger
    @daren68 good evening and a warm welcome to scope and the forum.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,416

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    Hello @Daren68

    Welcome to the community, good to see you join us. 

    I'm glad that you have a better GP now and are in a better place because of it, however I'm sorry to hear that your previous one wasn't as helpful as you'd have liked. When you say you got close to doing something unthinkable, do you mind me asking what you mean by that?
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  • Daren68
    Daren68 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hello Ross, sorry for the delay in replying., I was either going to kill myself or go for the GP, that particular GP has a track record of not caring about or helping certain patients. It seems that if you are more fortunate financially than he is fantastic but if you aren't he leaves you to rot
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 1,348 Pioneering
    Hi @Daren68 I am glad you are now getting the help you need. Hopefully if your physical health improves with the help of your GP this will help you Mental Health. I hope you enjoy being part of the Community and are able to join in. Any questions please ask. Take care.
  • Daren68
    Daren68 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Sorry to add this, my old GP was extremely condescending, arrogant and always downplayed my conditions. I saw a pain clinic specialist after a year of my GP stopping my anti inflammatory medication saying that it had a reaction with some of my other medications, the pain clinic specialist checked up on this and told me that my GP was talking nonsense, I was on no medication that would have a reaction so put me back on them to help with my pain, my GP then refused to put them back on my prescription, after a long fight I managed to get them put back on. Then I was having problems with my mental health so saw a psychiatrist who put me back on some medication that had helped me a few years earlier and yet again my GP refused to put them on my prescription and yet again I had to fight to get them. My wife had the same GP and was suffering from severe abdominal pain but saw a different GP that day luckily who referred her to the hospital immediately, after several scans they found the cause and asked our GP to refer her back to the hospital for treatment which he didn't do. Our new GP (who is at a different surgery) told my wife that she was supposed to have been referred back to the hospital by our old GP, we didn't find that out from the old surgery. My new GP also told me that the hospital had requested that my old GP refer me to the hospital for an mri because my condition is degenerative in 2016 but he also didn't do that, instead of referring me he kept telling me that my condition was mild (which I know for a fact it isn't). Sorry if that was long winded but I wanted you to know the circumstances which almost pushed me over the edge. 
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 1,348 Pioneering
    HI @Daren68 Thank goodness you now have a different GP. Good luck.
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,416

    Scope community team

    Hello @Daren68

    Thank you for responding and clarifying what you meant, I'm sorry to read that you were at that point before the pandemic, and I'm glad you have switched GP and are now getting support.

    Do ensure you continue to access your new GP if you ever feel as though your mental health is becoming harder to manage. You can also access the below resources if you ever need to access immediate support:
    • Samaritans, on 116 123
    • Shout, by exting "Shout" to 85258
    • Helpful pages such as this one from Mind about coping techniques
    Take care
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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,610

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    Hi @Daren68 :) I was just wondering how you've been feeling since we last spoke? 
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  • Daren68
    Daren68 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hello Tori, I've been sort of OK thank you, my pain is more under control thanks to my new GP but I have been quite stressed about leaving the house due to covid. My wife almost drags me out for a trip around our local park for some fresh air. How are you? Hope you are well 😊 

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