the years. My son has complex issues. Issues I identified myself well over 12 years ago, these issues were finally accepted by a worker 2 years ago. He has being awaiting an ASD assessment/screening since then. He has been assigned 3 members of staff over the years (2 were trainees and 1 was newly qualified) and has also been seen by a psychiatrist. I believe the non engagement he now has regarding professionals, is down to the fact that he needs someone who is well experienced to deal with all that is going on for my son.
due to complex mental health issues based upon being ASD and having gender dysphoria. Psychaitrist have zero understanding of how my child feels and treat his dysphoria as a ' choice'. Clear lack of training and knowledge. They are dismissive of his feelings, have little understanding of the severity of his depression and anxiety and constantly belittle his views and brush over his emotions. They are resistant to prescribing effective dosage of antidepressants regardless of my research showing increased dosages are acceptable under NHS protocol and clearly prescribe the lowest dose possible to 'fob us off' . My child struggles to leave the house and hasnt attended school for 3 years. 'Talk therapy' has proved to be relatively ineffective and isnt recommended for gender dysphoria anyway. I feel our views are dismissed and a minimal service is provided to tick a box.
period of anxiety and self harming. We were told, over the phone, that the self harming was not serious enough to warrant support and that we should try accessing free support from a local charity for young carers. We then paid for our child to have private therapy for her anxiety. The therapist helped enormously, but recommend that our daughter be assessed for autism as she felt this was the route cause of her anxiety. The GP agreed and referred her to CAMHS for an assessment. This was rejected by CAMHS as her school did not see evidence of autism - against NICE guidelines recommendations on autism assessment. We are now awaiting a private assessment, but CAMHS would not recommend any private services or confirm whether they would offer any support based on the finding of this assessment. The team have been very unhelpful and unsupportive throughout this whole process and I am appalled that they are now claiming that their autism assessment process is much improved in the local press.