TSW can have a profound effect on your mental health and overall quality of life. The extent to which it can incapacitate you physically leaves many sufferers feeling extremely distressed and isolated.
It is common to feel terrified and doubtful due to the unknown nature of this condition. The very fact it is caused by medication means that many lose faith in modern medicine and doctors altogether.
Furthermore, lack of support from the medical community has a massive impact on sufferers, with many feeling abandoned by doctors who don’t want to listen or believe them.
TSW can temporarily radically alter your physical appearance, leaving sufferers scared to look in the mirror, take photos, see friends and family or even leave the house. This has a profound effect on one’s self-esteem and self image.
NHS Psychological Therapies
From the NHS website:
“If you live in England and are aged 18 or over, you can access NHS psychological therapies (IAPT) services. A GP can refer you, or you can refer yourself directly without a referral.
IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services offer:
- Talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, other therapies, and guided self-help
- Help for common mental health problems, like anxiety and depression”