Why do mental health staff treat patients so horribly?

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After a mental health crisis I was taken to A&E against my will. The crisis worker who came compared my childhood abuse to being poked and told me that I chose to be mentally ill. Her colleagues who called to check up constantly interrupted me and told me I didn’t want help. When I called my GP to talk about my mental health he said I should just give up because the system is underfunded and difficult. I had a panic attack and a mental health nurse pinned my wrists down on the hospital bed, I don’t care if that’s policy, I wasn’t being violent so there was no real reason to hurt me.

After speaking to a friend whose also been in the system he said they also ignored, belittled, and didn't help him.
Why is the mental health system in this country so uncaring towards it’s patients?
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I'm very sorry you had to go through that, that sounds horrible :hugs: I have nothing to say other than to agree that mental health services in this country are not the best.
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There def are some questionable people working in the NHS (though I've been fortunate enough to see some good people too, so they are out there, under-represented though they may be!). It's quite worrying I think there are a few issues at play:

- being overworked and underpaid (not that that's an excuse but it does create low morale)
- systemic issues within the NHS
- people knowing that the patient/service user's word can easily be discredited if they have a certain condition (e.g. psychosis and/or BPD)
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I think it's better to find a reliable local specialist. here is info about difference between counselling and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy and counselling are two diverse concepts but they both use psychological methods to alleviate mental health issues and are both forms of cognitive therapy. Finding the right specialist could be the first step to solve your issues.
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