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Topic: How can we improve the forums? Your suggestions and comments please

  1. Sophie_M
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    4 January 2022 in reply to Added
    Hi Added,
    Thanks for your question,

    Currently, users are unable to unpin/unfollow threads. However, over on the “Forum Changes -updates thread!” thread, the ProjectTeam have responded saying this will be a feature on the new and improved forums (yay!).

    ProjectTeam - “Sleepy21 - you asked about unsubscribing to threads. Yes, you will be able to both subscribe and un-subscribe to threads. You can also subscribe / unsubscribe to entire boards - though I suspect doing this for threads is more useful?”

     
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  2. Sleepy21
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    16 January 2022
    Sophie m, .the advice from bb in general really glorifies the medical model.
    Not all GPs are great with Mental health, sometimes they badly prescribe or abruptly stop psychotropic medications. Gps aret g-ds.
    My concern is that by glorifying going to a gp as an answer to everything Mental health, u actually hurt ppl. Ppl will go to their gp, who may not have the tools to help. Then the person will think, oh, it must be me, I'm too sick for help, there's something wrong with me, I did what they advised, as the sound, approach and it didn't work.
    In order to get well, going to a gp for a mhcp and possibly medication is just one step of a series of steps. The gp doesn't have all the answers and is not a magician. There are many therapies, groups, spaces and supports beyond the gp.
    I would say psychiatrists for example would be even better helping with meds than gps.
    My gp, psychiatrist and I have an agreement that any meds I take for mh are solely through the psych.
    Please listen to those who have been there, and don't push us into medical treatments as if that's all there is.

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  3. mmMekitty
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    16 January 2022 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hi Sleepy, in the event someone is not already seeing a Psychiatrist, then, they might see one via the public health system. (which I have never done), or maybe, if they have Private Health Insurance, they may get some covered (again, not ever done that),or there is going to the GP, & asking for a referral to see a Psychiatrist in private practice. the referral will permit claims to be made to Medicare to pay for some (extremely rarely all( of what the Psychiatrist charges per session. They may charge quite a bit above the Medicare scheduled fee, so that even when the patient has paid out-of-pocket enough to reach the Medicare Safety Net, & they are paying 100% of the scheduled fee, there will still be more the patient continues to pay their Psychiatrist.

    There's no way, unless one is very rich, that someone could entirely pay to see a Psychiatrist without first getting a referral.

    In order to have the Psychiatrist assess, diagnose, or review medications, the patient & Psychiatrist need to meet for several sessions.

    I agree, Psychiatrists are more familiar withthe medications they more frequently may prescribe, & having had the medical training prior to specialising in Psychiatry, as well, which Psychologists, counsellors & other therapists, who cannot call themselves "Doctor'' don't have.

    The Medical Model surely does not have all the answers but it is the one most rigorously studied & carefully tested over the centuries. The meds themselves have to be tested, just as vigorously as meds for physical ailments.

    The one area I think could be improved a lot is in how a GP or anyone finds the Psychiatrists which have a particular interest in certain therapeutic approaches, or in particular conditions a person may present with, so someone could more easily find a Psychiatrist more likely to be of greater assistance. The business of trying this one, or this one, like numbers from a hat, & hoping, then paying for initial sessions only to have to try yet another, gets either tedious, emotionally draining & disheartening, to feeling it is hopeless, & giving up. It takes a great deal of determination to try & try, before finding someone who you think you might work with, or going back to the one before, still dissatisfied, or not seeing anyone, dealing with the problems in any other way you might, in desperation, & being vulnerable, reach for whatever is on offer, at the time. With NO easy way to determine if what is on offer is legitimate.

    😸mmMekitty

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  4. Sleepy21
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    16 January 2022 in reply to mmMekitty

    Hi, I've even in public system under a psychiatrist. Definitely not saying ppl should see psychs instead of gps

    I don't think GPs often have a good understanding of mh and would know how to help ppl with mh. I would encourage ppl to do their own research, through friends, family,y, ppl they trust, other health practitioners they've seen, in terms of choosing a mh practitioner.

    Not rely on gp to choose. It's crucial to do Ur own research. U may not even need a psychologist or psychiatrist

    Maybe a recovery coach, peer support worker, support group like grow etc....

    Gps can't make magic

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  5. Sleepy21
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    16 January 2022 in reply to mmMekitty

    I am not a fan of most psy hotropics except for emergency but to ea h their own. I wasted years of my life in gps office and gave medications that I didn't need with diagnoses that were jncorrect. I support informed consent ....research, ask, and trust Ur gut. Drs are judt humans, they do make mistakes. Not all gps are sensitive, or able to diagnoses ptsd, abuse or vulnerabilities. A good clinician can come in many forms. For me, the best one I met was a mh nurse in emergency triage.

    I'd been dismissed by my gp.

    I think it's OK to look and ask beyond one's gp for understanding of why one feels bad. Pills are one solution.

    There are more.

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  6. robthomaslover
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    16 January 2022 in reply to Sleepy21

    hi sleepy.

    i just wanted to say that i agree with you. personally i have seen a couple of GPs and they've all been the same towards me - they don't seem to care, even if i go in for a physical issue. i haven't been to the doctors for months because of this. my psychiatrist can prescribe my antidepressants but i need a GP for something else i take not related to mental health. but they just make me feel invalidated, i even saw one and i was in pain & they literally said "what do you want me to do about it?", like how rude, why else would i be there?

    my psychiatrist says i still need to see a GP for check ups & whatnot, but i tell him, they just don't seem to care. to me personally it feels like the GPs just want money & they just rush me out the door. i don't go in there & just vent, i just say i'm struggling, ask for options or whatever.

    my psychiatrist writes to them since that's his job & it's part of the law, but they never contact him about anything, which by law they're supposed to.

    i only have my psychiatrist, i give up with everything else personally since i've been failed many times. that's just my experience, it may work for some.

  7. robthomaslover
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    16 January 2022

    also my suggestion:

    perhaps we could have badges that would appear on our profiles, like the valued contributor etc badges?

    so what i mean is there would be a thread where we can choose our "roles" as they're called, so gender (other options other than male & female), sexuality (straight, bi, lesbian, gay, prefer not to say, questioning, etc), age (i don't mean exact age, i mean for example 13-19 & so on), our diagnoseses (depression, etc, if you feel comfortable answering).

    i thought this would be a good idea so we could know how to address each other, so for example, pronouns. obviously if you're not comfortable then that's fine but i just thought it could be a suggestion.

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