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Longer waiting time for people with severe mental health problems

November 21, 2018

By: Jenna Rachid

Longer waiting time for people with severe mental health problems

A group of researchers have found that people with severe mental health problems are forced to wait longer for NHS treatment than people with mild depression.

According to the Telegraph, the research shows that patients with schizophrenia or personality disorders were denied help despite stating they wanted to take their own lives.

The study found that patients waited up to two months for treatment, whereas people seeking treatment for mild to moderate depression or anxiety started treatment within six weeks.

Shockingly, patients were told they were ‘too ill’ to receive talking therapy, yet ‘not ill enough’ to receive specialist help.

Mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness are urging mental health officials to ‘introduce NHS waiting targets for mental health problems.’

Deputy chief executive at Rethink Mental Illness, Brian Dow, said: ‘What we want is right treatment, right time but what we too often have is wrong treatment, too late.’

‘Thousands of people find themselves in desperate situations every year, but have to contend with long waits, bureaucracy, and a severe lack of choice about their care. The result is that far too many people reach crisis point before getting help,’ he added.

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Does stress affect your sex life?

Stress is the single biggest factor that negatively affects people’s sex lives, according to a new survey.

The BBC Radio 5 Live survey, which examined 2,066 UK adults ‘attitudes to sex and relationships,’ found that 45% of respondents deemed stress a key factor that impacted problems in the bedroom.

Stress was ranked higher than any other factor affecting sexual activity. Following stress, physical health (32%) and mental health issues (26%) were also pinpointed as key issues that negatively impacted people’s sex lives.

Psychosexual therapist Ellen Brady told the BBC: ‘We’re seeing an awful lot of clients with anxiety issues – anxiety and sex just don’t sit together at all.’

Brady suggests putting a ‘temporary ban’ on sex is one step that couples struggling with these issues can take in order to refresh their sex lives: ‘Whatever you’ve been doing sexually it’s gone wrong, so you want to wipe it out and start again, and just reconnect emotionally and in terms of intimacy.’

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