Nick Jordan

Effortlessly uncool.

Still Off Work

This morning I went to see my GP again. She’s signed me off work for two more weeks, which I really feel will be beneficial. I then went off for my initial assessment with a psychiatrist. I arrived a bit early but fortunately he was free to see me pretty much straight away. He seemed like a really nice guy and someone who genuinely wants to help. After a long chat and a great deal of note taking, he told me that I’m definitely depressed, which is not exactly a surprise, and that I probably have a mood disorder, which is a fancy way of saying that my depression is long-term and needs treatment. He’ll be meeting with his team on Monday and discussing my case, but said that he feels I probably need some form of psychotherapy and possibly also CBT.

So I’m back at home with a couple of weeks to try and fill. I don’t think that’s going to be too hard. I have flat hunting to do, for a start.

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  1. Jen Friday, 19th June, 2009, 4:11 pm

    My goodness, you are lucky. There is NOTHING available here in Oxfordshire, trust me I have tried – for the last 4 years! I was advised to go private, as the waiting lists are at least 18mo long and that’s only for 6 sessions with a counsellor! So good luck and hope you get something soon… Check out the Tavistock clinic as they often have some good advice and sometimes have trials you can be part of which are sometimes far longer than the standard 6month NHS psychotherapy option.

  2. Nick Friday, 19th June, 2009, 4:29 pm

    Thanks, Jen. They do seem to be remarkably efficient around here, and I’m not complaining.

    I’m taking part in a low mood study at UCL shortly, which should be interesting and may be quite useful to me.


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