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Talking to a psychiatrist..

Discussion in 'Therapy and Medication' started by Letsbeafraid, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. Letsbeafraid

    Letsbeafraid Member

    I have to meet with one on the 11th... I'm honestly scared to go. What will they do? I was in the hospital for being suicidal and now they are making me go see this psychiatrist. I don't want to talk to them, but somehow I know it must have a benefit.
  2. nagisa

    nagisa Staff Alumni

    Just try to be completely honest. It will be alright. You are going there to get help. As long as you are honest with the psychiatrist things will work out ok. Take care!!
  3. ggg456

    ggg456 Guest

    It depends on what country you're in. Here in the UK, it's a lot like they tick boxes- such as - how many hours sleep are you getting etc.

    Seeing as you've just been in hospital they'll probably be seeing how you're getting on outside of hospital. Did you see one in hospital? It'll probably be the same thing..or very similar.
  4. GoldenPsych

    GoldenPsych Well-Known Member

    When I have seen them they do an assessment which basically asks if you have any plans again for future to try. What your job is etc. I have seen one a couple of times and it is nothing to be scarde of. Remember they have heard a lot of bad things so what you tell them prob wont be shocked by it. I have also seen a social worker a few times which you tend to see before psych, even when i was in hospital I saw the SW and they make suggestions on what and where you can get help. The Psych I saw was only a short term thing and she said my doc needs to arrange longer term psych support so I guess I will be finding out next Wed what he is going to do. I am sure there is lots of things on the net about peoples experiences. I am sure it will be fine... after all they have let you go home from hospital once it is prob just a follow up. Be honest with them.
  5. Hazel

    Hazel SF & Antiquitie's Friend Staff Alumni

    Try not to worry about going to see the psychiatrist, I realise it can seem scary but as with many things fear of the unknown is much worse than the the actual event.
    Remember they are just a human being and they are being paid to help you, they are on your side. Just be honest with him, that way he can best plan your treatment.
  6. worlds edge

    worlds edge Well-Known Member

    Initial consultation? Probably he or she will go over your current situation and past history, ask how you're feeling, possibly specifically ask you if you're feeling suicidal, and review whatever medications you're on and maybe modify your prescriptions/put you on something. By which point the fifty minutes will be up and you'll be out the door. Maybe with another appointment down the road set up, maybe not. I don't think things will get all that personal in this meeting, if that's what you're worried about. Maybe down the road they might.

    Depending on how you feel now, I'd personally be careful about what I say and do not say. If you're not feeling actively suicidal at present I don't see any reason you can't be honest. But if you are you should be aware that if you communicate this it is quite possible, I'd say likely, you'll wind up back in the hospital...whatever you personally do or do not want. A psychiatrist who doesn't take something like that seriously is potentially opening him/herself up to a huge malpractice suit, so they very well may move for an involuntary admission just to cover their asses.

    They may or may not be interested in helping you, depending upon the psychiatrist, has been my experience. But I also see no way they're not going to look out for #1 (themselves) first. Which means you start talking suicide, you'd better have your toothbrush and a change of clothes with you.

    Who exactly is making you? A court? The police? I'd say if you don't want to talk to them you shouldn't have to, personally. Especially since you're no longer in a hospital situation. Downright silly, in fact, since you're out and about in society.

    It may, but it very well may not. I don't think I personally ever benefitted, but some people do. In any event, I don't think one meeting is going hurt, but I doubt it would help either.