Following a recent visit to the GP, I think I have a slightly better understanding of how care operates in the NHS, UK........
Solution Focused Brief Therapy or Brief Therapy or Solution Focus is really a form of coaching. The significance for me is that the focus is on the positive rather than dwelling on the past or the negative......
Medication for Anxiety & Depression seems to fall into 2 groups:
My Medication for anxiety and depression is considered below, click on the image for more information from NHS UK about the drug ........
Citalopram was initially prescribed and my dose was slowly increased to 40 mg per day. My health got worse, whether this was eased or exacerbated by the Citalopram is unknown, this prescription was changed after 18 months. I found it had no side effects on me.
Seroquel (Quetiapine) as prescribed for about 6 months, I did not get on with the drug as I was knocked out most of the time, so it was changed.
I have been taking Pregabalin (Lyrica) for 18 months, between 200 and 300 mg twice a day, initially this drug made me light headed and dizzy but now I am comfortable with it. I still take this medication
My Duloxetine (Cymbalta) pescripition has been 60 or 90mg. I currently take 90mg once day. I am currently on 90mg with 200 mg of Pregabalin. I have found no noticeable side effects
I have also had a prescription for 5mg tablets of Diazepam which i take when i am struggling greatly with anxiety. I find Diazepam acts as a sedative for me.
The general principle of treatment seems to be that medication will help you on the road to recovery whilst therapy and/or time will actually enable the recovery; well this is the case for anxiety and depression so they say. I am told to use the analogy of a broken leg, the medication is the plaster cast and pain killers and the time and physiotherapy exercise after the removal of the cast is the therapy. My only observation is that three and a half years is a blasted long time to mend a broken leg!
Below I consider the therapy and medication treatment I have accessed .......
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