1st psych session

Discussion in 'I Have a Question...' started by tired82, Apr 22, 2008.

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  1. tired82

    tired82 Well-Known Member

    I finally made an appointment to see a psychiarist, and it's stressful & scary at the same time.

    I know the doc won't solve all my problems & I can anticipate in general the advise she might give. Part of me don't see the point in going, and I'm afraid of the stigma & consequenses if my family found out. Getting treated would probably prevent me from acting on my thoughts, but part of me doesn't want the prevention.

    I'm scared of and dread the possibility of being committed or hospitalized, yet part of me wants that, if only to replace one problem with another.

    Anyone had similar thoughts?
  2. sami

    sami Well-Known Member

    A psychiatrist will not generally give much in the way of advice/therapy. They're mainly there to prescribe medication or refer you onto a more specialised theraputic doctor like a psychologist. It's good if you build up a good rapport with him/her as they are ultimately responsible for you and your care.

    There is absolutely no shame in seeking help from a mental health professional. You will look back on it and think of it as the bravest and best thing you could ever have done for yourself. The people that create the stigma need to learn more about mental illness and just how much it affects people before they start making others feel bad. Ok, I won't go off on a rant here..

    I have had the exact same fears about being sectioned or going into hospital on my own consent. For me, it was more to know that I didn't have to worry about having to care for myself and running a household because people were there to help me. I very recently got threatened with a section but thankfully they decided that I would be allowed to stay at home because the stress of being inpatient would do me more harm than good. For some people though, hospital can be exactly what they need though.

    I hope you are able to work with your psychiatrist and get the help and support you need.
  3. no point

    no point Well-Known Member

    I know how scary it can be. I saw a psychiatist for the first time last week. She just asks questions and prescribes you meds. She won't commit you just because of your thoughs. You don't have to tell your family about it either. My family doesn't know I use antidepressants right now because like you, I'm afraid of the stigma if they find out. I just try to hide the meds from them. Hope your appointment goes well. You can PM me if you want :hug:
  4. mortdesinos

    mortdesinos Well-Known Member

    Don't tell your family. My family knows, and it's a horrible thing.
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