It seems just about everybody that I meet with in group or one-on-one therapy has at least one horror story about the health system failing them. They’ve fallen through the cracks, languished on wait lists, told they couldn’t be helped, misdiagnosed, given the wrong medication, and even ridiculed. They felt helpless with nowhere to go.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Let me share just one of these stories with you:
I have spent over 6 years seeing over 12 ‘doctors’ who have done nothing for me. One doctor actually didn’t know what OCD stood for and I had to explain it and he said ‘oh, that’s the washing thing’. I said no and walked out. I went to the hospital downtown and after 4 hours of waiting, taking my blood and for some reason insisting I have a CT scan of my brain (I had not even seen a doctor, only a nurse), I was told that I could either wait for a psychiatrist on call or go to my family doctor. I said I need help right now. They said again, these are the only options. I left. I felt like crying and just left as a mess.
If this story sounds familiar to you – let us know by sharing your story with us.
Don’t give up! There are many false-starts as you strive to get help and support in managing your OCD. OCD Canada understands what you are going through. Join us at our monthly self-help support group get-togethers to share, or you can set up a one-on-one appointment with a therapist who has OCD.