Interview 15

With the help of a caring GP, her counsellor, private hospital treatment, Efexor (150mg/day) and self-help books, she was feeling better and is keen to continue her healing and help others. She has written a book’ Saving Samantha’ A Young Woman’s Escape from Childhood Hell (isbn 1401910300) about her experiences.

Explains she learnt how to better deal with the ‘chatter box’ in her head through reading a…

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14

The death of a caring friend and the survival of her abusive father undermined her belief in God,…

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14

To stop rumours before they started, she told work colleagues she had been in a psychiatric…

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14

Setting small tasks or ‘mini goals is a way of feeling you have achieved something, rather than…

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14

Her GP dispelled her fears about counselling by explaining what would not happen in counselling,…

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14

Found herself talking to her counsellor about things she would not talk to friends about, and discovered that she had put on a fa├žade to cope with the world.

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14

Was pleasantly surprised by her welcome at a private psychiatric hospital.

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14

Describes how when she is depressed her thinking focuses on the negative rather than the positive.

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14

Gets angry with people who complain about relatively minor problems with their families because…

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14

As a 14 year old her suicide attempt frightened her enough to visit her GP, who diagnosed…

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14

Says that Efexor was the best drug she had ever taken, with better effects and fewer side effects.

Age at interview 24

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 14