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    Hey,

    So I've been having a few problems recently and I've made an appointment with my GP. I really, really want a referral to an NHS psychiatrist but I'm scared. what if he thinks I'm a hypochondriac and puts me on antidepressants and that's it? Or what if he thinks there's something seriously wrong with me and tells me to leave university (I know it won't happen but it's a fear, it doesn't have to be rational...)

    And how would I even ask for a referral? I don't want to look like I'm trying to diagnose myself....

    I'm scared that trying to get help will make things even worse than they are
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    When I went to my GP about mental health problems at uni I was so nervous but they were very understanding. Have you thought about writing stuff down before you go so if you get nervous you can give it to them to read or bringing a friend with you?

    She talked to me a bit about my problems and then she talked to me about the options, she didn't try to force antidepressants on me.They should probably ask you what you hope to get out of it so you can say that you don't want medication and you would prefer to try a talking therapy.

    She referred me to IAPT which is an NHS service which provides things like counsellors and CBT and she also recommended going to see the university counselling service. She said medication was an option but I would probably be better trying talking therapies first to see if they helped. To be honest I think its quite common and they're used to seeing students with mental health problems.

    Hope you're ok
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    When I went to my GP about mental health problems at uni I was so nervous but they were very understanding. Have you thought about writing stuff down before you go so if you get nervous you can give it to them to read or bringing a friend with you?

    She talked to me a bit about my problems and then she talked to me about the options, she didn't try to force antidepressants on me.They should probably ask you what you hope to get out of it so you can say that you don't want medication and you would prefer to try a talking therapy.

    She referred me to IAPT which is an NHS service which provides things like counsellors and CBT and she also recommended going to see the university counselling service. She said medication was an option but I would probably be better trying talking therapies first to see if they helped. To be honest I think its quite common and they're used to seeing students with mental health problems.

    Hope you're ok
    Honestly I've tried a lot of these talking therapies (CBT, EMDR) and nothing seems to work... I just want to see somebody who can tell me what's wrong so I know what to do...

    Thanks for your help though
 
 
 
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