Neasden mother refused specialist treatment because of postcode lottery

PUBLISHED: 12:13 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:17 15 August 2013

Michele Lucien

Michele Lucien


A mother from Neasden battling a personality disorder claims she has been refused specialist medical treatment because of the postcode lottery.

What is a personality disorder?

Personality disorders are conditions that can cause a range of distressing symptoms and patterns of abnormal behaviour.

It could include overwhelming feelings of distress, anxiety, worthlessness or anger, difficulty managing such feelings without self-harming, difficulty maintaining stable and close relationships and in some cases, threats of harm to others.

Personality disorders typically emerge in adolescence and persist into adulthood.

Source: NHS

Michele Lucien, 31, who lives in the St Raphael’s Estate, has vowed to take her fight with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust to the European Court of Human Rights.

The 31-year-old, who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder at the age of 18, would be elegible for the treatment at the Waterview Centre in Westminster if she lived in Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster.

But the Trust refuses to fund the treatment, which includes one-to-one sessions, because she lives in Brent.

She said: “With borderline it’s all about behaviour and our lifestyle is very chaotic and everyone wants to run. Imagine how it is for me – I can’t run away from myself. There’s nothing in Brent for borderline, I’ve been waiting for 13 years.I’m going to go to court and will go to the European Court if I have to.”

Ms Lucien said her condition has resulted in her daughters aged nine and 13 having to live with her mother.

“My disorder has affected the fact I can’t have my kids full time,” she said. “I just want the chance to get my treatment so I can get better and be a better mum to my kids.

“If not the Waterview Centre, then I want to be sent to specialised place that teaches me how to live with borderline.

“I’ve been waiting 13 years. I am not going to give up.”

A spokesman for the Trust confirmed that the treatment was currently only commissioned for people who are registered with a GP in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

He added: “In Brent, we are commissioned to provide a range of alternative treatments that are effective for people with personality-related problems. These range from crisis intervention to longer term psychological treatments.”

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