I feel as if I need to share this so that others on the fringes know they are not alone. I went to a GP (not my normal one) to seek help with my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which was escalating . He criticised my medical regime which is overseen by my specialist and told me no one should be on that level of medication (my specialist has been treating me for 5 years. I think he kind of knows what’s best). He did not ask about my mental health, whether or not I felt safe or if I was experiencing distress. He did not offer any support, he did not advise me what to do if things worsened, and he minimised my experience by saying that the way I felt then would not stop me from my overseas travel in 6 weeks. There is no way I could get in a plane the way I was feeling. 2 hours sleep a night, night terrors and a feeling of disconnection. I was desperate for help, and instead was given a lecture on how things weren’t that bad and sent on my way. Luckily I didn’t take his advice and sought support from the hospital.
Today I’m in said hospital being looked after by numerous wonderful people who are supporting me and doing everything they can to get my sleep in order so I can travel to Berlin soon. I’ve been shown kindness and empathy and have been given strategies to overcome this hiccup. I’ve been listened to and staff have gone out of their way to help me settle in and even start putting together my Liberty Infinity Earl Grey Tea quilt by lending me scissors. A small but kind gesture.
Mental health is just as important as physical health and needs to be treated as such by heath professionals.
If you feel as though someone hasn’t taken you seriously or has brushed you and your symptoms off, don’t stop there. Find someone else. Please. Because your head and heart are as important as your bones and flesh. Pips 🌸💗🌸