I think this is slightly off-topic for this particular thread, reallynowriter, being basically medical/sociopolitical in nature, but essentially......
"Shrink"= an Americanism, quite derogatory, dismissive & vague, but it is used here in the UK among certain user-groups, usually drug addicts, Woody Allen or Michael Jackson.
Th NHS is a "Free at the Point of Delivery" universal Health Care System, available to every British Citizen, regardless of income, severity of illness or circumstance, & has been here for 60 years. There is also here a small Private Health Care sector, based on an insurance scheme payable by those who wish it, but it accounts for less than 5% of medical treatments, usually non-urgent & fairly simple treatments, like simple hip replacements or basic easy surgery for those who are too busy to go on a short waiting list.
Any & all psychological/psychiatric/pharmacological treatment is available, & is the best in the world. Bar none, except possibly the Cubans... LOL.Over 1.5 million people here work within the NHS, in a working population of 35 million. The NHS is the World's second largest employer, after the Chinese Red Army. Among them quite a lot of 'shrinks'.
So if you think you're crazy, you go visit your GP. They then refer you on to a specialist. If that specialist thinks he's unsuitable, you're referred to a more suitable specialist, etc, until you get fixed. Or not, depending on your degree of psychiatric problem.
The very implication that we can't get access, free & immediately, to the best of any medical or psychological treatment known to mankind is frankly ludicrous. By comparison to the U.S. we're about 100 years ahead of you.
Any form of medical or psychiatric treatment available free on the NHS, I would offer, far surpasses anything available in the U.S., apart from the 'Small Islands of Excellence floating in a Sea of Mediocrity' which characterises the lamentable current U.S. Healthcare system. This goes for much of Western Europe, also.
Oh, & the NHS also covers us free for any treatment elsewhere in mainland Europe, under reciprocal agreements within the EU.
So. Yes. We're covered. & I don't work for the NHS. One's (free) GP is only determined by where you live within a 3 mile radius, & they're the portal to further specialist help.
Check this if you need any more info:http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx
I may be bonkers but at least I'm British.