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    New to the UK and have been relapsing with paralyzing anxiety and mild depression. I know I need to have my meds reevaluated and have asked my GP for a referral to a psychiatrist, however he said would take about 4 months! I would never hurt my self but have been having passive suicidal ideations. The only real option I see is paying 250 pounds for a private doctor which is hard on a student budget. Surely the NHS can't be this flawed right?
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    Tbh, 4 months isn't that unheard of. I waited 9 months a few years ago. If you want speed, then go private. If you want to save yourself some cash, take the NHS route - just hope for a psychiatrist who doesn't attempt Freudian dream analysis on you.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    New to the UK and have been relapsing with paralyzing anxiety and mild depression. I know I need to have my meds reevaluated and have asked my GP for a referral to a psychiatrist, however he said would take about 4 months! I would never hurt my self but have been having passive suicidal ideations (i.e. wouldn't mind getting hit by a car in a freak accident). The only real option I see is paying 250 pounds for a private doctor which is hard on a student budget. Surely the NHS can't be this flawed right?
    >comes to UK
    >expects free medical treatment off the bat

    Sorry for what you're going through, but tbh paying for it is probably the way to go

    NHS can't treat everyone who arrives here
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    Am I being really ignorant? I've lived in the uk all of my life and my GP's have always been able to change my medication and stuff :s why do you need to see a psychiatrist? (Genuine question - sorry!)
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    New to the UK and have been relapsing with paralyzing anxiety and mild depression. I know I need to have my meds reevaluated and have asked my GP for a referral to a psychiatrist, however he said would take about 4 months! I would never hurt my self but have been having passive suicidal ideations. The only real option I see is paying 250 pounds for a private doctor which is hard on a student budget. Surely the NHS can't be this flawed right?
    That's not unheard of in the NHS for a routine problem. To be honest, I'm surprised the GP would consider a referral to a psychiatrist, often they only deal with severe mental illnesses such as psychosis, personality disorder and severe depression in the NHS. Can you talk to your GP about them looking at your meds? They are often able to do that.


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    Am I being really ignorant? I've lived in the uk all of my life and my GP's have always been able to change my medication and stuff :s why do you need to see a psychiatrist? (Genuine question - sorry!)
    Probably because the OP has moved into the country and therefore needs to be reevaluated by the NHS. Then again, my doctors have never changed my meds. They always left it to the CMHT.
 
 
 
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