Distractions to lift low mood. Update on ACC disability review process.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. Diagnosed bipolar 1 disorder, post-traumatics stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder. Historical diagnoses: major depressive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder.

We have been in lockdown for a week in New Zealand. Been managing relatively well, although mood was very low at times when psychiatrists too expensive to do another disability assessment for ACC.

I have various hobby projects and recently my AncestryDNA results has been a big distraction and helped lift me out of a very depressed mood. I was busy looking at further analysis of health risks etc.

Today, I was emailed with a more reasonable quote from a psychiatrist who can do the disability assessment. This psychiatrist has some fair reviews. ACC is paying some of the cost and I need to pay the rest myself. Going to go ahead with it as I want a fair assessment and the one I had was rubbish. I had to get another psychiatrist, as GPs and psychologists don’t have enough authority.

The lump sum payout for PTSD if I qualify is quite low in New Zealand. I qualified but then the psychiatrist apportioned half to bipolar which isn’t covered. PTSD is considered to be an injury which I still have disability from after 2 years of weekly treatment with a psychologist. Bipolar is not considered to be an injury. ACC are only interested in injuries.

It’s been a very stressful and triggering process and I am hopefully near the end of the process. It was very disheartening with how expensive most of the psychiatrist are plus many of them have terrible reviews.

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