Originally Posted by Canadian Brotha
When I was last unemployed due to my anxiety and depression I went to apply for gov’t assistance for those with such issues...after explaining/going over everything I was basically told I’m under qualified...or in other words not crazy or suicidal enough to qualify. Essentially whatever I said and could prove I seem too “functional” to not just be able to suck it up and get on with what I need to do. I was also told the waiting list for a psychiatrists was too long to get me on as well. I’d literally endured a panic attack in the lobby waiting to be seen(as is par for the course for me in any public waiting rooms) just to hear that BS.
That was my final straw with the health care system and mental health treatment. Between the alchemy of addictive pills, their sporadic dosage changes, & their lists of side effects without actual effectiveness for any of my issues, the alchemy of diagnosis in which I’ve had probably 6 between different docs, the fact that therapy sessions not only didn’t change my mentality in the face of the truth of real world interactions with people and the fact that telling a perpetually poor person to think positive is a ridiculously hard sell I’m just not having any of it anymore.
Now I just cope on my own as best I can. I know we live in the age of “open mental heath” talk they say but if you try to get help and find so many dead ends and rude or judgemental people that idea loses its lustre pretty quick. I know you’re trying to work on yourself so I don’t to be discouraging but when I see/hear someone has had a similar experience to me trying to get help my anger about it comes straight to the fore
Not discouraging at all mate, its weirdly reassuring to hear this from someone else. It angers me as well. Honestly, if you are feeling suicidal, and you get a letter like that, it's just worded so awfully, and dishonestly, almost placing the blame on the person suffering. And don't even get me started on benefits. I actually qualified for PIP a few years back. Because I improved via therapy I had to have a reassessment, but it was absolutely clear from the outset the guy was determined I wouldn't get it. My neck problem at that point was so bad I couldn't look down, but I was disqualified on account of "being able to peel a potato", thereby meeting all my nutritional needs. Only one potato mind. I actually didn't think I deserved to qualify, realistically at the time.. but I got like 0 points, down from 12 the 2 years previously. I came away and it was like "yeh, there's nothing wrong with you at all, it's all your fault".
****ing infuriating, and pretty disgusting.
At least they could be open about what the problem is. "We had to turn you away in favour of people in more need since there is a lack of funding atm" - is that so hard? But no, its basically "you need to develop a drug addiction, then we will help you"
I am not the neediest case, certainly, though.. but they don't even signpost to any other resources, and the ones they use are ****. It's all total ****ing ****, wrapped up in a plastic veneer of customer service and PR to make people think things are fine.