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scully78 Schizophrenic brother denying illness and refusing NDIS and expecting us to pay his rent
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Hello, I have a 40 yr old brother with schizophrenia who lives by himself in a renal flat. He struggles to find and hold down a job and cannot afford to pay his rent. My older sister decided to pay his rent a couple of years ago and soon decided we s... View more

Hello, I have a 40 yr old brother with schizophrenia who lives by himself in a renal flat. He struggles to find and hold down a job and cannot afford to pay his rent. My older sister decided to pay his rent a couple of years ago and soon decided we should split it evenly, as it was too expensive for her on an ongoing basis. The plan was to get him into the NDIS, which would mean his rent would mostly be covered and he could get the support he needs. He has been in a state of delusion for at least 2 years now and has no motivation to find a job, but seems to be having fun with life.A year ago, I decided to pull out of paying his rent. He was showing absolutely no interest in taking his meds or getting help to improve to the point where he could hold down a job. He refuses to accept he has a medical condition and thinks we are trying to get him into a CIA "program" as per his delusions. So, anything we do to get him medicated, he thinks is our attempt to get him into this program. We had him hospitalised, but he charmed his way out of being admitted and also managed to fool the community care to leave him alone. He is refusing any help and seems to get a thrill out of beating us at this "game". I received a call from my sister today who is struggling financially as his rent has gone up and she wants financial assistance with his rent. She earns well, but is feeling the pinch with the cost of living increasing and his rent increasing as well. She didnt want to listen to anything I had to say, just that she needs help with is rent and if I want to pay, it would help her. This vicious cycle has no end. She and other siblings, dont want him to end up living in community care facilities, whereas, I think it would be good for him. He would have access to proper support and this endless cycle of paying his rent that is destroying the family will come to an end. I have been pretty outcast since deciding to stop paying his rent a year ago and I do not want to be sucked into this again. There is no end!!!What options do we have with a man that refuses his condition, does not want to be part of the NDIS, and doesn't care that he is draining my family financially? He is very unwell, can be hard to talk to and has been in this state for too long. We cannot get any help and ive had enough of this!

Eliza_V Skin picking on face
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I can’t stop picking my face. I’m obsessed with bumps and spots and it impacts my daily life. I don’t have acne but I cant resist the urge. does anyone have any tips or help?

I can’t stop picking my face. I’m obsessed with bumps and spots and it impacts my daily life. I don’t have acne but I cant resist the urge. does anyone have any tips or help?

1958 Bi polar depression
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My son suffers with BP 1 he had a 4 month manic episode and is now very depressed. He is currently taking medications which aren’t helping with his depression. He has been depressed for 2 and a half months and seems like he is numb. Feeling so scared... View more

My son suffers with BP 1 he had a 4 month manic episode and is now very depressed. He is currently taking medications which aren’t helping with his depression. He has been depressed for 2 and a half months and seems like he is numb. Feeling so scared for him.

JoshD My GP should not be allowed to be involved in Mental Health Assessments
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Ive had a horrible experience with my GP. I had some regression in my mental health and have been trying to get a new referral for my Psychiatrist to get my medication reviewed as it had been over 2 yrs. ADHD & Bipolar 2 diagnosis for reference.When ... View more

Ive had a horrible experience with my GP. I had some regression in my mental health and have been trying to get a new referral for my Psychiatrist to get my medication reviewed as it had been over 2 yrs. ADHD & Bipolar 2 diagnosis for reference.When I arrived I was berated for booking a short consult as I would need a full Mental Health review, I assumed the bad mood was due to me missing a previous appointment. I wasn't sure why i needed a full review but In the haze of depression I wasn't very assertive so just went along.. I felt rushed and that I was a burden the whole time. At the end the Dr asked me if there was anything else going on while i was there. I said yes actually and showed her a cyst that I had come up on my upper buttock.. She again berated me saying this would need another full consult, i got embarrassed and said dont worry but she said no just show me. When I left and went to pay they asked me for $280! She had charged me for a full MH review and another full consult without telling me. Silly me left without the referral, admin saying they will forward it.I called over a dozen times asking for them to send it the referral to the psych, every time they assured me it would be done but the psychiatrist continued to say that they hadn't receive it. I finally went into the Dr's to get it and take it myself only to be told that she never actually did one, when i asked why the response was "you didn't ask for one, you only wanted one for the psychologist". I pointed out that a psychologist doesn't prescribe medication and it was supposed to be for my psychiatrist, admin said they would get it fixed up. After hearing nothing back from the Dr and the psychiatrist saying they hadn't received anything I called again only to be told that she refuses to do another referral for me unless I come in for another consult. This whole process has been going on for over 6 months, luckily my psychiatrist accepted the one from 2 years previous somehow bless him.I have made a complaint to the fair work commission but I seriously wish there was a way to name and shame these GP's.

Glasshouse6 How to get help
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I’ve had depression/anxiety symptoms for at least the last 17 years.I’ve had multiple mental breakdowns and built myself back up.im medicated and it kind of helps. I’ve tried going to physiologist and that wasn’t super helpful. lately my anxiety has ... View more

I’ve had depression/anxiety symptoms for at least the last 17 years.I’ve had multiple mental breakdowns and built myself back up.im medicated and it kind of helps. I’ve tried going to physiologist and that wasn’t super helpful. lately my anxiety has gotten so bad it’s making we question everything.I’ve been to three doctors, my medication isn’t really working anymore, I’ve been referred to a psychiatrist but the first available appointment I can get anywhere is October. I just want someone to help me. I don’t want to be like this. I feel lost and defeated that no matter how proactive I am I get no where. The mental health situation is a joke. Has anyone been through something similar what did you do? How do you fix yourself when no one can help

emi1111iii Any experiences with EMDR?
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Hi, this is my first post. I'm trying EMDR soon for my C-PTSD, and I was wondering if anyone has tried it or has any advice? I don't quite know what to expect or whether it'll help, but I'm hopeful

Hi, this is my first post. I'm trying EMDR soon for my C-PTSD, and I was wondering if anyone has tried it or has any advice? I don't quite know what to expect or whether it'll help, but I'm hopeful

AuthenticallyEevee Can I arrange inpatient treatment in advance?
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Hi,I am looking at a voluntary admission to an inpatient mental health unit. However, due to a few work/uni commitments, I would like to hold off for a week or so. Can I arrange this in advance, or would I need to wait until I'm ready to go and then ... View more

Hi,I am looking at a voluntary admission to an inpatient mental health unit. However, due to a few work/uni commitments, I would like to hold off for a week or so. Can I arrange this in advance, or would I need to wait until I'm ready to go and then arrange my stay? I'm in NSW. Thanks in advance

Natalie22 Mental health treatment plan
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Hi.I just have a question about a MHTP please.I am already seeing a psychologist who I don't g need a MHTP for but he said it may be helpful from my gps perspective for billing, care and filling in questionnaires etc.But he also said that I do not ne... View more

Hi.I just have a question about a MHTP please.I am already seeing a psychologist who I don't g need a MHTP for but he said it may be helpful from my gps perspective for billing, care and filling in questionnaires etc.But he also said that I do not need a referral as I am already seeing him (no cost).Is it worth getting the plan and having it on my record)?Thank you

Sandym0 Hearing Voices
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Hi there, how are you? I hope everyone is doing well. I was wondering if there is anyone else, with hearing voices in there head. How do you deal with it. And what do you do, with the anxiety that builds up with it. And how do you communicate with ot... View more

Hi there, how are you? I hope everyone is doing well. I was wondering if there is anyone else, with hearing voices in there head. How do you deal with it. And what do you do, with the anxiety that builds up with it. And how do you communicate with others, while it's happening.

RoseK ECT and stigma and feeling alone
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Hey everyone, I have had many ECT treatments and I’m 25. I find it really hard to be doing this sort of treatment and have it so stigmatised and having to keep my mouth shut due to the way I am viewed when people find out. I feel really alone. No one... View more

Hey everyone, I have had many ECT treatments and I’m 25. I find it really hard to be doing this sort of treatment and have it so stigmatised and having to keep my mouth shut due to the way I am viewed when people find out. I feel really alone. No one I know has ever had it and I can’t find any sort of support groups for those having the same treatment. I feel like stigma surrounding it hasn’t improved since that “one flew over the cooocoo nest”. It’s really hurting feeling on such an out and being silent. I even looked on the public hospital websites in my area, I know they do ECT but it wasn’t even acknowledged, only tms. My doctor has told me he doesn’t believe tms will help me and so that’s not an option and really only for mild depression. Anyone else suffer with the same sort of isolation/lack of support?