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Gorden – Successful CBT For Complex Mental Health Issues

04 Mar 2019 | BY John Munroe

Gorden had been transferred to our JMH from an HDU NHS ward, where he had spent over 24 months on a Section 3 with complex mental health problems and a difficult to manage physical condition.

During his time on the HDU, Nursing staff report that, although there was little change in Gorden’s mental health since his admission to the Windermere Ward, within the past 3 months he appears to have become slightly more responsive in comparison to his flat presentation, occasionally presenting as elated. Staff postulate that Respiridol (Oral) has had a positive effect which led to the referral and ultimately the admission to JMH and our intensive mental health rehabilitation hospital.

Gorden was with us for just under 12 months and his program at that time involved CBT on a sessional basis which helped him develop coping mechanism, alongside the promotion of social inclusion by the nursing and occupational therapy team; which helped to build up his self confidence in order to move forward.

He was supported to work on his budgeting skills, shopping, cleaning, and cooking, as well as how to manage his complex physical condition effectively without impacting upon his mental health.

On top of this, he commended a successful self-medication programme, which enabled the next step of the process – stepping down from the psychiatric hospital. Gorden was involved in the process of finding suitable supported living accommodation back in his hometown, with aid from the staff team and his family. This enabled the successful realisation of his end goal.

The feedback from the key stakeholders in his care was that they had never seen Gorden as well as he was upon his discharge. All the JMH Staff wished Gorden all the best in the future and have no doubt he will be a success.