First time I've been up early in a long time. Had an appointment with Dr Cox, at College Keep, part of The Mental Health team in Southampton. I had not had previous good experience, with anyone at College Keep or indeed, anyone in The NHS, regarding mental health of any sort. You always seem to get pushed from pillar to post and never arrive at the person you wanted to speak too in the first place. Today I was not hopeful for the right outcome, well any outcome at all really.
I arrived promptly at The Keep and was called in equally as prompt, to see Dr Cox. I had not seen him before, so had no idea what to expect. I spent an hour speaking with him and I have to say it was an hour well spent. We spoke at length about myself and my symptoms. I spoke at length about my life, going back to childhood, my relationship with my family and School, as well as with my partner, Jason!
Tired and disinterested!
It was great to have the opportunity to talk to someone, about what was happening to me now. It was important to let someone know, just how bad things had got for me over the last six months, due to factors, people whom read this blog are all too aware of. It was interesting to discover his views, on subjects as diverse as Bipolar and Sociopathy and everything inbetween. At last I could speak to someone about my feelings, experiences and battles, without judgement. It was refreshing at the very least!
Aripiprazole - Hard Going!
I have been given alternatives to think about. It is clear, that not everyone gets on well with Aripiprazole. Infact, judging on the reactions from friends, not many people get on well with these meds at all. I guess I need to do some reading, to just find out, what I am letting myself in for!
Anyway he has given me two choices to mull over, Lamotrigine or Sodium Valporate, for future reference.
Roll on tomorrow!
Peace and Love!