12-14-2019 03:36 PM - edited 12-14-2019 03:42 PM
12-14-2019 08:23 PM - edited 12-14-2019 08:26 PM
Hi @Hugo2019, thanks for sharing that with us. It sounds like such a difficult situation where you just want the best support for your son. It can definitely be frustrating waiting for support services - it is tough to see our loved ones in need. What services are best for you differs from family to family.. so it is based on your own needs, situation and background. By slow, do you mean you are on a waiting list for the private psychiatrist? If so, it might be worth staying on the waiting list for the private psychiatrist, while you explore CAMHS as a support option. If you are not on the waiting list, how have the sessions been going so far? We know that CAMHS is a specialised service for adolescents and has different levels and types of support. This is not to say it is a superior service, as it will depend on your family's needs and the background, experience and training of the psychiatrist you are seeing.. e.g they may be more experienced with adults or specific issues.
Is it possible to gain more information about both the psychiatrist and CAMHS service to assist in your decision making? We acknowledge how challenging such a big decision can be. It sounds like you have been dealing with so much. Do you have any support for yourself throughout this? If you were looking for somewhere to talk this out, you could contact Parent Line which have telephone support, referrals and resources. Please keep us updated
12-14-2019 10:50 PM - edited 12-14-2019 10:58 PM
12-15-2019 02:51 PM
Thanks for your response. It's hard to say with any certainty whether you should change psychiatrists.
If you don't mind me asking - what is stopping you from using CAMHS? Are you worried that they might not specialise in adolescent mental health?
Are you worried it will interrupt your son's recovery because he may have already bonded with the private psychiatrist?
Do you really like the private psychiatrist, and you're worried mental health clinicians at CAMHS won't be as good?
Like @Taylor-RO suggested, it might be a good idea to gain more information about CAMHS to assist in your decision making. It might even be helpful to meet some of the mental health clinicians, and meet the psychiatrist in particular, to see if they'd be a good fit for your son. Also, it might be an idea to ask your son for his opinion in this situation too, such as whether he'd be willing to change psychiatrists, etc.
12-28-2019 10:39 PM
12-29-2019 12:42 PM
It's such a relief to hear how supportive CAMHS was for you and your family! It can be almost life changing when we receive the right sort of support, particularly when it comes to professional psychological help.