should i go to a doctor rather than a counsellor?

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by Blackness, Sep 6, 2007.


who is better to go to about depression?

  1. doctor

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  2. counsellor

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  1. Blackness

    Blackness Guest

    I've seen my counsellor a couple of times but just cant bring myself to tell her how I feel.
    I'm thinking maybe a doctor would be easier to tell?:unsure:
    But then again to general doctors know anything about mental illness?

    I need to be diagnosed, I'm sick of this and im sick of not being able to tell anyone.

    So doctor or counsellor?:blink:
  2. bunny

    bunny Staff Alumni

    it can take a while to open up to anyone, youve only seen the counsellor a couple of times, give them a bit more of a chance, dont feel like you have to spill your guts as soon as you meet someone, if after a few more times you still dont feel comfortable with them, tell them you don't think they're helping and they should be able to give you more options

    a general doctor wont know everything about mental health (not as much as a specialist) but if you have a big problem talking to your counsellor go to your doctor and ask what they can do, hopefully they'll be able to refer you to someone else and even if that person doesn't help don't lose heart, it can take time to find someone who suits you
  3. Chickpea

    Chickpea Well-Known Member

    I think that you should carry on seeing your counsellor because youll start to feel more relaxed around her and hopefully build a trusting relationship. You could also see a doctor as well as seeing her if you feel that medication would help you. Where I am I think if you go to the doctor they firstly refer you to counselling, and then maybe offer meds depending on the circumstances.

    Do whatever you're most comfortable with :smile: I can't hurt to tell a doctor too though. How often are your counselling sessions? I think it is meant to work best if they are regular - once a week ideally, or once a fortnight.

    Good luck!
  4. Blackness

    Blackness Guest

    thanks for replies...

    I've had 2 and they were a few weeks apart. and now she hasnt booked me in again..she obviously doesn't think it's serious enough. And fair enough because we talk about totally different stuff than my real problems. I end up feeling so much worse after seeing her because I didnt tell her :(
    gah I wanna scream out but it doesnt come :( damnit.
  5. Spearmint

    Spearmint Well-Known Member

    I have/had the same problem, hun. I saw a counselor, and I found that I couldn't bring myself to tell her how I was actually feeling, so I just kind of got told my problems weren't exactly serious, and nothing was done. But!! You should give her a chance, go to a few more sessions, see if you can tell her anything else. :dunno: PM box is open if you need it, hun. :hug:
  6. loveangel

    loveangel Member

    I have gone to a few counselors and I am on antidepressants they work together better for me then separate. I finally found a counselor that I feel safe and comfortable with. That is the most important they all have diffrent ways of helping. Some I have been to have not helped at all. I like the book "The Dragon doesn't live here anymore by Alan Cohen it helped me to see a diffrent view of things
  7. Marshmallow

    Marshmallow Staff Alumni

    I personally think you should see a doctor first and then they can refer you to a counsellor i don't think you should see one or the other tho. You need to see both to get the required amount of help.
  8. rojomi

    rojomi Banned Member

    Couldn't vote in this 1. I went to a psychiatrist today, and he couldn't care less how i'm actually doing, just gave new pill samples,(we've pretty much raided the cabinet when it comes to psychotropic wonder drugs, but i imagine there'll be new ones when i go back in 2 weeks). the side effects seem to outweigh the benefits, speaking for myself only. if i had actually taken the drugs that have been prescribed for me over the last few years for any length of time, i'd probably be rip van winkle-still asleep, and have no liver or kidneys left. Nor could i drive a car or operate machinery. As far as counselors, it depends; if your lucky you might find a good one to open up to. I have personally known too many really personally fucked-up psychiatrists & therapists to be able to share my true feelings with either. I am considering consultations w/ an lscw,(licensed social care worker), and alternative medicine-acupuncture, holistic, yoga, Harley Davidson, Armani, Zig-zag & BMW.:biggrin:
  9. bria

    bria Well-Known Member

    I have to agree with bunny. Stick it out for a couple more weeks to see if you become more comfortable, and if not they should be able reccommend some alternatives.
    I had to go through almost every counselor in the center here before I found someone that I felt comfortable talking to. Hope you can find someone.
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