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    My GP said he'd refer me to a psychiatrist about a month ago but I haven't heard anything yet. Came off my medication a while ago and finished therapy so idk what to do really.
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    Depends on how big an emergency it is. Sometimes it can take 2-3 months.
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    My sister's took five months.
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    Depends on different things, I got to see someone in six weeks (my referral was classed as "urgent" though some people who are classed as "urgent" are seen far quicker than I was), some people see someone the same day, others it takes a lot longer.

    Might be due to your circumstances, amount of people needing to be seen, amount of psychiatrists, etc. Definitely follow it up with your GP.
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    It also largely depends on where you live and the previous contact you've had with the mental health team. But I would say that a month is a really short time when you're not in crisis. Nothing to stop you following it up with the GP and finding out how long you might have to wait. I only waited a few weeks to see clinical psychologist but I think that was luck of the draw really.
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    Really hard to say without the context , but if the case is less serious expect there to be more delays before referral as psychiatrist are reserved for more acutely serious cases. I would stay in contact with your GP and update them about your state of mind until the point of referral. Stay strong!
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    All depends really. I saw one when I was 16 and only had to wait about a month and a half and I was deemed as urgent. I've recently been referred back to one and I'm under as urgent again and I haven't heard a peep yet and it's been about a month and a half since I got referred.

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