"wake up we gotta go"
Yeah I think it differs from place to place. It took me 3 months to get on therapy as they were absolutely booked up, but i was given medication immediately (which wasn’t great for me at first because i was suicidal and it made me really fucking erratic for about a good month, then 2 months to stabilize finally) but i was willing to do anything to not feel that way anymore so i stuck it, lucky i had a good support system at the time from somebody who took all my shit.
It’s more difficult, i’d say, to get recognized as a disability, for example, i was working at the time i went, and i only was given a doctors note for 2 weeks, when i felt that it wasn’t a long enough time, so i was forced to quit my job, because i was on the edge of basically just ending it. And for benefits, well… good luck. I applied for ESA a few times and got declined every single time, which is basically a support allowance for those who are unable to currently work but hope to in the future. Mental health is not really considered a ‘disability’ in that sense, and it made me so mad because i was struggling with money to pay for my board to my parents and stuff and could have used the financial support and emotional support to know that i’m not a lost cause. I think this stuff really needs to be worked on in the UK… and the stigma that “Oh you’ll get over it in 2 weeks have some fucking anti-depressants, moods change etc” because I felt SICK as a fucking dog, physically and mentally for a whole month while taking citalopram/celexa and propanolol in high doses and was showing signs of bipolar to the point where i’d have really high moments then earth shattering depression. How was I suppose to work when i couldn’t even function normally?