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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
has anyone ever been to one and what was it like? i am seeing the psychiatrist on monday and want him to send me to the clinic where he works, if he doesnt i feel like i have no hope. i have heard that you can refer yourself but the nhs are being pretty negative about me wanting to go to a private clinic

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i dont understand what you mean by clinic? in-patient psychiatric care?
    I think they try to keep you out of hospital for as long as possible, they're not always a pleasant experience. I was told it would be an absolute last resort.
    As for private ones- i have no idea. other than it would cost a lot!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    thats what i mean but not in a psychiatric ward at a hospital, a private clinic. i have the money to pay for and i just really need it at the moment. im scared about monday incase the psychiatrist refuses because i feel like its my last hope.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Like a private clinic for psychiatric care? I was only aware of places that specialised in certain things, for example addiction or eating disorders, not one for psychiatric disorders only. I stayed inpatient at a rehabilitation unit for addictions last year for months. I worked in a psychiatric hospital once, but it was NHS and dire for a lot of the patients. It worked for many, because some of them just needed the break from real life as it were, but a lot of people were overlooked and treated badly by other patients who were severely ill with delusions, etc...

    I hope you get what you are looking for though.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i know what you mean, i used to pin all my strength and hope of my gp helping mee, and each week id come away from my appointment devastated because nothing ever changed.
    The only way i found a way forward was to accept only i can change things and make it better. Nobody can do anything for me.
    Sometimes i really wish id taken the opportunity to go to hospital 2 years ago because then maybe full on help could have made me better than just getting by as i do now.
    Just be honest with the psychiatrist, listen to what he says, say everything you need to, and come to a decision that you feel will benefit you the most. At least you will have tried your hardest to get better.
    good luck and let us know how it goes x
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    As others have said, what do you mean by "clinic"?

    I've been an NHS inpatient on the acute pyschiatric ward two or three times this year but by the sounds of it this isn't what you mean. I have also spent a month at a mental health crisis centre for women which was amazing whilst I was there but it dragged up loads of crap from the past and was time limited to 28 days so when I left I was still unwell and ended up in the ward again less than three weeks later. The NHS acute wards don't really do "treatment" except for medication although some are better than others. They mostly do "containment" but they didn't stop me wanting to kill myself, it just wasn't physically possible to do that whilst there.

    As for self-harming on the wards they wouldn't "let" you self-harm but I would do it anyway, despite being on enhanced obs, they can't stop me if that's what I really want to do. The mental health crisis centre was much better for self-harm as they would listen to why you wanted to and would provide clean razors and support whereas on the wards I had to use dirty razors and hide it.

    I've not done anything in the private sector but knowing other patients who have done both it does sound better.

    Good luck :)
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