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  • #12713
    Anonymous
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    Anyone with a serious mental health diagnosis having trouble accessing treatment? I’ve been on the VA waitlist since April for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I’m really suffering and fearful I won’t make it through this winter if I don’t get my prescribed treatment very soon.

    #12738
    Rhiannon
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    Hi Chris,

    I have a BPD diagnosis too, though i see myself as being ‘in remission’ just now. Part of my problem has always been trusting others. I have to be able to trust to talk about issues, but when i try, my behaviour often goes/went OOC.

    DBT is a form of CBT. From my own experience i find working through CBT (and DBT) workbooks really helpful. They are especially empowering because i don’t need to speak to others about my issues, not until it feels safe to do so. I won’t give any names of books here, it’s probably not appropriate, but there are a lot out there. I would suggest having a search around and finding 1 or 2 that make sense to you, and trying to go through them gently, sharing where and when you feel safe to do so. As you find things that help you, you can add them to your toolkit maybe?

    xxx

    Rhiannon

    #12786
    Dena
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    Sadly this appears to be a worldwide problem and it’s very disheartening to see that there are so MANY of us just trying to get through each moment, let alone each day with VERY LIMITED resources.
    Even when one has Medical Insurance or (Medical Aid) as we call it here in South Africa, there are so many restrictions and the cost of just belonging to a Medical Scheme is expensive. On top of that, the medication cost is crippling yet we know we ALSO need professional counselling or therapy along with medication to assist in managing our lives adequately and that too is so high!! Some disorders/diagnoses that are actually treatable just get compounded by new trauma or events out of our control or that are unexpected BUT we are unable to afford it or are put on long waiting lists and this too adds to our issues and anxiety/depression.

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