Originally Posted by mediumcrunch
I believe the OP is in the UK and access to HCP's (especially specialists) there often isn't as easy as calling and saying "I need to get in earlier."
In that regard, we in the US are somewhat spoiled.
Actually in the UK they are legally obliged to get you in with a GP within 48hrs and if you want to see your named doctor within 5 days. How this is implemented varies from practice to practice and it doesn't apply to specialists, which you need referral to, but even then, because it's all one system, the GP has ways of making things happen, which does include the ability to see a psychiatrist the same day without admitting you to hospital.
When I had PPD in the UK, when we finally realised there was a problem, I was able to see my GP the next day.
This episode started in pregnancy and had a much slower slide into it, so I got a recommendation for a psychiatrist and made an appointment, which was about 6 weeks out, in the mean time I slipped further and decided I needed to start meds ASAP, it was pretty hard for me to convince the receptionist at my primary care doctor that I needed an emergency appointment.
I've had a rough time this time, not responding to meds, I'm happy at this stage that I'm getting treatment that I wouldn't be getting in the UK, but I wonder if it would have even got to this point, had I been in the UK, I'd have gone into a mother and baby unit and possibly stayed for a month or more. Here, with no such thing and mental health wards being very different places from the UK, I was constantly fighting to stay out of hospital because hospital here would be a fast turn around attempt to stabilise you whilst also separating you from your baby.