Age at interview: 59
Brief outline: Clare has struggled with depression at several points in her life and has taken antidepressants to help stabilise her mood. Nowadays she takes citalopram regularly as a preventative measure as she recognises that her coping mechanisms aren’t always very robust.
Background: Clare is married and has three adult children. She works in local government. Ethnic background: White Irish
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- Clare is married and has three adult children. She works in local government. Ethnic background: White Irish
My advice would be find a doctor that you can talk to that you trust and go with what they say. If you can find that I think that’s the key to it, I would never say to somebody ‘do It or ‘don’t do It because everybody’s different and everybody, everybody’s story’s different and everybody is different about why they are in the place they are. and that’s, that’s why my experience has been I’ve found a GP, I’ve found three GP’s who have listened to me, who have taken it on board, who have allowed me the time to explore what’s going to help. in many ways I suppose what I’ve experienced and I’ve been so fortunate is that I’ve experienced best practice in terms of discussing treatments with the patient and working out what is going to be best for that person. So I’ve had things done with me as opposed to done to me and that’s what I would say.
When you're not feeling well there’s still that thing about there is a power balance when you are going to see your GP even when you’re articulate and you have your facts and you know what you want somehow that disappears when you’re sitting there and you go ‘no it’s just about my toe’ whereas what you want to talk to them about is, you know, you’re worried about , you know you forget and they say you should take a list, you should write it down. So I suppose that’s what I would say to people is write it down because that’s what helped me was my friend and colleague saying ‘write down how you’re feeling in your words and hand it to the doctor’ then you don’t have to be articulate because they’ve got something that hopefully they will then look at and go right ‘so you're feeling, you know, miserable, you’re feeling really down, you feel as though everybody hates you right what’s that about?’. So that’s what I suppose because most people can write how they’re feeling even if it’s only words, you know, it doesn’t need to be an essay. You know so I suppose that’s what I would say to them, if they haven’t got a, they need both the GP who’s got to not dismiss it and go well you know what this is what…. for me what is it what do you want.
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