Sitting in the Mental Health waiting room… By Carl Baumann 

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Coping with a mental health condition is an exercise in patience..
Not only are you “stuck” in a situation that you either cannot control or have to learn new behaviours in order to try and bring under control, you are also “stuck” in the system…
By that I mean the interminable waiting for appointments with doctors, mental health care professionals, benefits advisors, the DWP etc etc. There is also the waiting to “get/feel better”. But unlike a broken leg there is no time frame for mending a broken mind.
It is unfortunate that being mentally unwell can mean for many that working is not an option. The lack of anything meaningful to do can result in making an existing condition worse as depression and having too much time to “think” can amplify negative feelings of worthlessness and wondering “What’s the point?” – Your mind is free to create a prison…

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