My partner wants/needs to disengage with second-line services as it's just not working for her. Her psychiatric team want to take her plan in a direction that she doesn't want, but they won't budge, so we need to disengage. The fear is that this will cause them to try to section so as to force their plan. Because she is now on Lithium second-line services have a hold on her, and the constant pressure that comes from knowing they could force hospitalisation is the main trigger for my partner at the moment, so it's just not helping.
We know and understand all the dangers involved in trying to get off Lithium, but being on Lithium is the only real thing that allows second line services to have a hold on her, so they want to keep her on lithium no matter what her wishes are.
I would really like to hear from anyone who has successfully de-escaled their case from second-line back to their GP's control, as this is what we want.
I'm sure many people will want to tell me about the dangers of coming off Lithium, and let me assure everyone we have no intention of just stopping, we hope to taper down under the supervision of the GP, but what I would really love to hear from you lovely people is that there is hope of breaking away from second-line care and that maybe some of you have successfully managed to do this. I'd just like to know that it is possible. Thanks.