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Hello, I made an account to ask for help regarding mental health services. (I'm relatively new to the UK health care system, so bear with me if I missed something). I'm looking for help following several years of abuse (maybe PTSD)& severe OCD symptoms.

I want to get a diagnosis before going into anything further (like medication, that I keep being "recommended" by my GP, even though I keep asking for a formal diagnosis first).*

I've been referred to different NHS services by my GP which weren't what I was looking for (got sent to someone "counselor" was just a title for). I got no input, helping me cope, further referrals etc. after that, so I filed a complaint and got taken off the service.
I got re-referred to the same place 4 months later, being told by a different underqualified person that my initial assessment "doesn't matter anyway", because I need to tell my whole story to a psychiatrist AGAIN. I've been referred to a psychiatrist ages away and got told it will be unlikely I will get a diagnosis at all.

I've been to A&E three times suicidal/with self harm injuries, got sent away with the Samaritans & Breathing Space phone numbers each time. I managed to source a social worker who just told me they can't help me find someone privately as it's "not their job" to source me a doctor.

*After a long stretch of insomnia I have been prescribed medication I previously had an addiction problem with, by my GP. I don't think there is a point for me to keep trying to find help through the NHS at this point and living in rural Scotland doesn't help. I have seen a private counselor before, for around 30 Pounds an hour, which was somewhat helpful, but not what I'm looking for.

Since filing a complaint the last time threw me back further steps & I'm worried I will experience further throwbacks on my (still 10 month away) appointment with the Gender Identity Clinic, I want to go private. I can't afford it long-term, being a student, but I want to at least get a diagnosis so I can finally know what's wrong with me.
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Google private psychiatrist scotland and it will throw up plenty of options for you.
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Hello, I made an account to ask for help regarding mental health services. (I'm relatively new to the UK health care system, so bear with me if I missed something). I'm looking for help following several years of abuse (maybe PTSD)& severe OCD symptoms.

I want to get a diagnosis before going into anything further (like medication, that I keep being "recommended" by my GP, even though I keep asking for a formal diagnosis first).*

I've been referred to different NHS services by my GP which weren't what I was looking for (got sent to someone "counselor" was just a title for). I got no input, helping me cope, further referrals etc. after that, so I filed a complaint and got taken off the service.
I got re-referred to the same place 4 months later, being told by a different underqualified person that my initial assessment "doesn't matter anyway", because I need to tell my whole story to a psychiatrist AGAIN. I've been referred to a psychiatrist ages away and got told it will be unlikely I will get a diagnosis at all.

I've been to A&E three times suicidal/with self harm injuries, got sent away with the Samaritans & Breathing Space phone numbers each time. I managed to source a social worker who just told me they can't help me find someone privately as it's "not their job" to source me a doctor.

*After a long stretch of insomnia I have been prescribed medication I previously had an addiction problem with, by my GP. I don't think there is a point for me to keep trying to find help through the NHS at this point and living in rural Scotland doesn't help. I have seen a private counselor before, for around 30 Pounds an hour, which was somewhat helpful, but not what I'm looking for.

Since filing a complaint the last time threw me back further steps & I'm worried I will experience further throwbacks on my (still 10 month away) appointment with the Gender Identity Clinic, I want to go private. I can't afford it long-term, being a student, but I want to at least get a diagnosis so I can finally know what's wrong with me.
In short, Google.

You could go about it by going on Google maps, finding your nearest private hospital then calling them or going onto their website to find what psychologists they have.
You could google something like "private psychologists near [where you live]"
You could google something like "good private mental health hospitals" then see if any are near you (private hospitals are kinda like brands so there will usually be multiple of a private hospital in various areas). The priory group is a pretty decent one that I'm aware of, but there will be others and you don't necessarily need to go to a specialised mh hospital to see somebody.
You could google local hospitals/ specialists then call around to see who will be able to see you soonest (you're probably only looking at a couple of weeks max anyway for private).

You could also ask your GP about seeing somebody privately. A lot of the time NHS specialists will also do private work so you could find somebody who does both, see them private first then ask to see them again for any NHS referrals

Once you've found a hospital or doctor you would like to use just phone up the number and ask if you can book a private appointment.

From personal experience I would expect you'll be looking at about £200 to see a private specialist.

When you do see a private specialist be sure to tell them that you are wanting to use the NHS/ free services as much as possible so they can work around that.


Honestly when it comes to mental health the diagnosis isn't always terribly important. Medication is often rather trial and error anyway and is based a lot on symptoms. Likewise anything like therapy is based on your symptoms rather than diagnosis.
Since mental health is so personal it's best to base things more on each person and how they are feeling rather than just blindly basing decisions on a diagnosis. One person with depression might have really different experiences to another so would benefit from different treatments, but if you only look at diagnosis they will be treated the same eventhough they are different.

If you want to see a specialist first though that's totally fine. I would want to do the same honestly. Although a diagnosis isn't all you need to be lookin at it can still help to make you feel a bit more in the know about what's happening with you and can help get a base understanding going when talking to doctors. A specialist could also hopefully help give you a bit of direction so you can make some more progress cos it seems you are a bit stuck with the NHS right now.

I hope that makes sense. If you are still unsure about anything please feel free to ask and I'll try to help.
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In short, Google.

You could go about it by going on Google maps, finding your nearest private hospital then calling them or going onto their website to find what psychologists they have
You could google something like "private psychologists near [where you live]"


Honestly when it comes to mental health the diagnosis isn't always terribly important. Medication is often rather trial and error anyway and is based a lot on symptoms. Likewise anything like therapy is based on your symptoms rather than diagnosis.
I'm looking for Psychiatrists only, not psychologists, as they can't diagnose & I know where to find them in my area.

Diagnosis is kinda important, my uni doesn't really care about the difference between "unauthorized absence" and "I'm feeling bad day", but having a diagnosis will allow me to access their counseling services & makes it easier to explain why I'm out for a day. Sadly "having bad mental health, but waiting for appointments" doesn't have the same weight as "I have x, I have y".
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I'm looking for Psychiatrists only, not psychologists, as they can't diagnose & I know where to find them in my area.

Diagnosis is kinda important, my uni doesn't really care about the difference between "unauthorized absence" and "I'm feeling bad day", but having a diagnosis will allow me to access their counseling services & makes it easier to explain why I'm out for a day. Sadly "having bad mental health, but waiting for appointments" doesn't have the same weight as "I have x, I have y".
Oh yeah sorry I did mean psychiatrist. I always confuse the two words. So it should just be a matter of finding who you want to see then calling to ask about booking.

Yeah that's one of the important parts of diagnosis. It's doesn't necessarily matter for how you'll go about things like treatment, but to actually get to the point of treatment and things like uni support it really can help.
With uni you should be able to just get a note from Dr that says you have unspecified mh issues and would benefit from support, but things doing always work out well how they should.

Good luck with everything.
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