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More medical shenanigans
In the post today, I receive three letters, all CCed to me, all from Dr Ashton (my local psychiatrist). They have a policy of sending copies of everything they send to other doctors to me as well, which is a thing of which I thoroughly approve. First there was one about arranging for me to get CBT, next was the funding request to the PCT, and finally a general sort of summary letter to my GP. Highlights of the letters include:

"...not only is she intelligent and sensible but is emotionally aware, articulate and capable of reflecting on her experiences."

 – Woohoo! I rock! Yeah!

"Diagnosis: Male to female transsexualism."

 – Shocking. I never would have guessed.

"[she] is currently doing an OU degree in physics"

 – Not quite! But given that that's the only actual factual inaccuracy across the three letters, I'll let you off. Apparently you actually did listen to some of the stuff I was saying, which is better than some health professionals I've seen.

"There are no perceptual or cognitive abnormalities"

 – I think that one means I'm sane, in psychiatrist speak.

"we had good eye contact and rapport"

 – That's a new one for me. I usually get the opposite. Will wonders never cease. Possibly I'm becoming better at that one with age.

"I think it is reasonable to keep an antidepressant in reserve. I have to say I did wonder if something like Roboxetine might be most helpful although we don't use it very often."

 – After a brief look on Google and Wikipedia, I'm presuming here that she actually means Reboxetine. Does anyone know anything much about that? Apparently it's a noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, and while I can reasonably guess at what that would do based on knowing what adrenaline is and comparison with SSRIs, but I'd want to research it a little before deciding to take it (if I do decide to go down that route, obviously). If anyone happens to know anything about it already then that would be nice to save me the time researching.

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CBT really, really wins. It changed my life. In a non-sucky way, 'I hope you get in'.

As for just *one* factual innaccuracy, that's astonishing, it may well be the biggest success ever from NHS assement/referal letters. I tried to point out that they said I had half brothers and not, as they had written, step brothers (extremely relevant when they were talking about genetic predisposition to mental health problems) and they said 'meh, it doesn't really matter'. I sort of went 0_0 Woo! NHS is fun...

Edit: * I tried to point I had half brothers and not....

That is... really rather impressive. You have to wonder if they thought you were exchanging DNA by holding hands or something, like some freakish macroscopic bacteria.

Also, yay for non-sucky life changing things. I'm not sure if I know anyone else who's had CBT. I just know lots of people whose uncle's postman's hamster had it and found it really amazingly good, or something. I may be forced to ask you all sorts of questions about it, if I ever think of any.

I enjoy the image of a hamster undergoing analysis. 'Lol' on many levels.

Feel free to ask me questions, I am quite happy to answer. One thing I would say is that I found it exhausting - emotionally and physically. I used to get home from the session at 11:30am and go to bed and sleep for an hour. Often bursting into tears the moment I got in the front door. Obviously this does sound like a Bad Thing, but as I'm sure you're aware, it's well worth such hardship if you can end up in a Better Place for it. Just be prepared to lose a whole day when you have a session.

I had CBT. I was too lazy to make it work. (That's my own judgement, not anyone else's.) Don't be like me.

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