I am always seeing refugees from NHS psychiatrists and mental health system. What I see is tragic and it makes me so angry as these ignoramuses strut around pretending to be what they are not. This is Norman’s story – not untypical.
Listen to this Sixth Audio of the “Client Stories” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
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1: Donald’s story of depression creeping up
Audio 2: Experience of Padma and Roberta
Audio 3: Trevor’s recovery from fear of depression
Audio 4: Tricia’s depression recovery
Audio 5: Mike’s reset following retirement
Audio 6: Norman failed by the NHS
Audio 7: Barbara and Ros resetting
Audio 8: Harold’s Diagnosis
Audio 9: Freddie’s failure
Audio 10: Rosanna’s suicidal thoughts and recovery
Audio 11: Fiona’s isolation and stigma
Audio 12: Vernon and Kate – self confidence was the problem
Audio 13: Isobel on the verge of extinction
Audio 14: Rachel on the verge of extinction
Norman was in the early twenties who came to see me about nine months ago, seriously depressed, on heavy antidepressant medication, exhibiting classic OCD checking behaviours and under the outpatient care of NHS psychiatrists. At his first session Norman scored 30 on the CORE system I use which is severe distress. He was sleeping badly and in particular waking up exhausted. He also said that he had been under a number of NHS psychiatrists over the years and none had helped him or he liked particularly
At our second session, Norman’s CORE score had fallen to 19 and by the third session he was scoring just 4, an indicator of robust emotional health. And six weeks after that session he came around again as a check up – and he was flying.
How did I help Norman so quickly? It was not rocket science
At that first session, it quickly became evident that Norman had a clear and vivid access to memories that were still strongly arousing him. These concerned his early lonely and excluded experiences at his secondary school and later relationship experiences that had gone wrong.
To my surprise, Norman was a good trance subject which is often not the case for those on significant medication. And as his memories were so strong, it was clear that they could be detraumatised quite easily. And this was done in that first session using the Rewind method. The effect was to calm Norman and allow him to begin to regain control of his emotions.