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Anonymous:
Have you ever been through camhs or something similar? If so, what for and what was your experience like? I've got an appointment there next week and I'm kinda scared

I have been through CAMHS actually :) I spent Seven/Eight months there between February and October 2012. For those of you who don’t know, CAMHs is short for ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services’ and it’s a department of government dedicated to, as the name suggest, helping children dealing with serious mental health issues. As far as I am aware, CAMHS operates in Australia, Britain and New Zealand. 

My experience with CAMHS was largely a positive one. I was referred to Camhs after a prescription-drug overdose in December 2011 and was eventually admitted to their outpatient program in February the following year. 

At the time, I have to note, that I was very angry, lost and confused.. i probably wasn’t the easiest person to deal with. While my initial assessment was less then pleasant and I really didn’t want to return, I agreed to stick it out for at least a few sessions for my family’s sake- and I’m really glad I did. 

So, after the initial interview process, you’re invited back for an ‘assessment’ after which they will take your case to the board and decide whether or not you are eligible to be put on to their roster or put you on a waiting list. Then you are usually assigned a case-worker. I struck it lucky with my case-worker and it wound up being someone who I felt, by the end of it, I could trust. 

Camhs really helped me. I got the therapy I needed, I was able to consult with a psychiatrist to get my medication sorted and I managed to work through a fair few of my issues. 

The best advice I can give you about CAMHS or any mental health service is to go in with an open mind. I know it’s hard and, like me, you may not WANT to be there. Just remember that these people, even if they do seem detached, do want to help you- so just give them a chance <3 They can help you- if you let them :)

Stay strong! Give it a chance and let me know how it goes :)


Anonymous:
I used to cut, I used to stick paper to the walls and write really horrible suicidal stuff in my own blood. I got sent to a doctor who said this sometimes happens to ‘young sensitive girls’. I stopped but I felt empty all the time, the only emotions I could feel were bad ones. It’s bad at home with money and family members. I think I’ve got Borderline Personality Disorder. I’ve most of the symptoms but could be wrong. I don’t want to be a silly little girl who cuts; I don’t know what to do.

Okay, first things first- you’re never a ‘silly little girl that cuts’ I promise <3 You’re problem isn’t that you’re oversensitive or stupid or silly. I promise you that. It’s very real, even if some doctors won’t take it seriously. There are people out there who will though. There are hotlines you can call and doctors you can see. 

My best advice would be to not self-diagnose, especially when it comes to things like bpd, because it always does more harm then good- and sometimes it leads the brain to subconsciously produce previously unseen symptoms based on the diagnosis you’ve made yourself. That’s why it’s always best to leave the professional diagnosis to a counsellor, a psychologist or a doctor. 

I think that you should seek help from a professional because there are people out there who can help. There are plenty of them out in the community whether it be a school psychologist/counsellor, a youth worker or a doctor. I strongly suggest you go and see them because not only do I think you should get help, I think you deserve to get better. 

You’re very brave for reaching out to me, and I think that it shows that you really do want to get better. The road to recovery is never an easy one, but it’s so worth it in the end and so are you <3 keep me posted beautiful and stay strong !