"My experience of depression"

About: South Staffordshire And Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health

(as the patient),

About 3 years ago, I had a long absence from work due to an abscess on my back. I developed anxiety when I went back to work and this turned into severe depression. I couldn't function normally and felt like I wanted to die. I felt I couldn't face continuing to live in the state I was in and couldn't see anything worth living for. Fortunately, I had a really brilliant GP and CPN who managed to turn my life around.

I saw my GP every two weeks at first and then every month. He was very kind, patient and understanding and he gave me all the time I needed. He referred me to the adult mental health team.

There was a waiting list of about 3 months. After ringing up a few times and convincing the person on the phone that I was really ill and felt like committing suicide, I was assigned a CPN who I found very helpful. She was also very encouraging.

My GP tried me on nearly every anti-depressant drug as I suffered terribly from the side effects of most of them. In the end, we found Lustral suited me the best. I started on a very low dose working up to a higher one. Eventually after about a year, I suddenly began to feel better and have now been off medication for about 6 months.

I feel my GP was really good but I think if I had been assigned a CPN earlier, it would have made a difference.

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Response from Sunita Roberts, Staff Governor, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust would like to thank you for your comment. We would like to know more about your experience, therefore, please could you contact either our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 01785 221490 or the Service Relations Department on 01785 221404 in order that we can learn more about your experience.

Thank you for taking the time to submit your comment.

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