I went to Anon’s GP appointment yesterday without her because she couldn’t face talking with a Doctor or leaving the house – her panic is unreal.
I told the GP what has gone wrong: we have been referred back to a service we last saw almost a year ago(which is fine), we got the letter the day before the appointment and Anon has been told the person dealing with her case is the social worker Anon hates – the one she asked everyone to make sure she she wouldn’t be referred back to. Oh, and the appointment STILL isn’t with that psychiatrist we’ve been waiting for since early November.
The GP was entirely unhelpful.
I had a list of things that maybe he could do to help: call the service himself and relay our worries; could the GP talk with the psychiatrist about medications so Anon could start one (several helpful GPs have done this in the past); could the GP contact the psychiatrist and ask if he could meet with us either at home, by video call or email?
The GP simply said “no” to everything, he wouldn’t even try. He then blamed the NHS cuts for him being so useless.
He also said that travelling to the appointment and physically going there was “part of the treatment”, meaning nobody would ever do home visits – to me this makes no sense whatsoever, because when somebody is so panicked and suicidal they can’t leave the house, it means they can’t get help!
I’m 99% certain him saying that is utter bullshit, too.
He had the philosophy that Anon just needs to ‘get over it’ and go to the appointment; he had no understanding that Anon is dealing with a constant barrage of psychosis, warped thoughts, terror, anxiety and low mood.
I don’t know where we go from here.
Anon wants to give up and stop trying to get help. I want to try phoning 111 again, as they actually helped last time, but if that fails possibly try persuade Anon to come to A&E with me, as we’ve been advised to do that several times by the charity Bipolar UK.
But if that goes wrong (which it probably would) Anon really wouldn’t ever want to see any Doctor ever again!