by a person on 16 February 2012
they are more interested in writing the next chapter of their book. helping people overcome their issues is barely on the list. They treat people as research, not people to help.
People with pens love this place, because they get to compare someone to page 20 of the book. It may not occur to them that someones situation may be unique, and simply matching them to a diagram might not encompass the whole problem. But if you are interested in research and not people, fully understanding the situation isn't very important.
When you have a meeting with them, it's more like a board staff meeting. Not something suitable for someone who may desperately need help, and wants to express themselves.
It's more "ok whats the problem with you then", not, "how can we help".
You will have to wait weeks/months for 2 or 3 'assessments', and then they may get the treatment wrong. This means they'll ask you questions which aren't relevent and crucially they wont ask you questions which are important. Meanwhile your life is passing by.
At each session they ask you to rate various things about yourself out of 7.
Somehow, there is the misguided concept, that if one week you are 26/30, and next week you are 24/30, this means you have obviously got better. What a lovely bureaucratic world we live in where the details of a persons life can be accurately summarised by a number. Its beyond scary.
They could have the approach of "we are doing a very important job which could help people,
so lets do it properly and well'. No. Their approach from receptionist to professional is "we are the only people doing this, so you'll do it our way, on our timetable."
Once you have been through the process, you will understand why official understanding of mental illness is so poor. It's because they really don't give a rats about peoples situation, they just want 'data'.
In conclusion; avoid this place at all costs. Except you can't, because there is no where else to go. So in conclusion: no wonder mental health in thie country is useless. Because the 'clinics' are more interested in writing books, than helping people. Which is fine if you want to be a leader in a subject while at the same time being useless at it. Meanwhile there are umpteen un necessary benefit claimants and suicide notes being prepared around the country.