When I was 17 I decided not to learn to drive because I was too afraid to be in control of something that could kill someone by an error of mine. I had nightmares. When I was 23 I started to learn and hated it. Luckily I moved to London so never had to get as far as my tests. Then, when I moved back to London I was too anorexic (you’re no allowed to drive under a certain BMI) and then when I was better, I was too afraid, not to mention not earning enough money, to try again. Mental Health Issues can be a very persuasive argument against not pushing yourself to do scary things…
Now, that aside, every time I go for one of my Schema Therapy sessions it costs me £20 for the round trip – train and taxi (the alternative is train and three buses). That’s £40 a week which I am not allowed to claim back because I work part time and don’t claim benefits. I am not allowed any financial help, despite this time consuming treatment.
Honestly, do they (the mythical “they” being the Governemnt, I suppose) want people to wallow in mental health or actually try to function in the world? It makes me so angry!