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    I went to my GP more than a month ago to ask for antidepressants and she was like "Even though you're 18 and technically an adult if you want medication I'll have to refer you to a psychiatrist." The whole thing has been pretty annoying because the people she referred me to claimed I never called them even though I did. They said they would call me back but they never did so I'm being referred a second time. My GP seemed really surprised that it was taking so long but I don't know if that means anything.
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    (Original post by purplebricks)
    I went to my GP more than a month ago to ask for antidepressants and she was like "Even though you're 18 and technically an adult if you want medication I'll have to refer you to a psychiatrist." The whole thing has been pretty annoying because the people she referred me to claimed I never called them even though I did. They said they would call me back but they never did so I'm being referred a second time. My GP seemed really surprised that it was taking so long but I don't know if that means anything.
    My GP was initially like this but basically gave up on me actually seeing a psychiatrist so started me on Citalopram about 3 months after I started seeing them :lol:

    How long is it since you first got referred to them?
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    (Original post by purplebricks)
    I went to my GP more than a month ago to ask for antidepressants and she was like "Even though you're 18 and technically an adult if you want medication I'll have to refer you to a psychiatrist." The whole thing has been pretty annoying because the people she referred me to claimed I never called them even though I did. They said they would call me back but they never did so I'm being referred a second time. My GP seemed really surprised that it was taking so long but I don't know if that means anything.
    It's got nothing to do with your age. GPs can't prescribe antidepressants or other similar mental health medication; only a psychiatrist can. It's annoying but there you go.
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    It's got nothing to do with your age. GPs can't prescribe antidepressants or other similar mental health medication; only a psychiatrist can. It's annoying but there you go.
    Eh that's not necessarily true. Mine prescribed me Citalopram before I saw a psychiatrist but Citalopram is typically seen as the 'front line' AD, that all GP's will start someone on. I did however have to have another mental health assessment (though again not by a psychiatrist) before I was switched to Mirtazapine.
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    (Original post by Deyesy)
    Eh that's not necessarily true. Mine prescribed me Citalopram before I saw a psychiatrist but Citalopram is typically seen as the 'front line' AD, that all GP's will start someone on. I did however have to have another mental health assessment (though again not by a psychiatrist) before I was switched to Mirtazapine.
    Really? Ah, ok. I only really have experience with olanzopine which, admittedly, is completely different so I'm prepared to stand corrected.
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    Really? Ah, ok. I only really have experience with olanzopine which, admittedly, is completely different so I'm prepared to stand corrected.
    They definitely want you to see a Psychiatrist before they prescribe them but I only saw one after I was in crisis (this was in November 2012) and the Crisis Team got me an emergency appointment within a week (I'd been waiting 4 months by then) so mine wasn't prepared to wait any longer since I desperately needed some kind of help :lol:

    I guess given that Citalopram is such a front line AD that they're abit less cautious about prescribing it than an antipsychotic - which is what Olanzapine is iirc?
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    (Original post by Deyesy)

    I guess given that Citalopram is such a front line AD that they're abit less cautious about prescribing it than an antipsychotic - which is what Olanzapine is iirc?
    Yup, I guess that's what makes them more cautious about prescribing it. Saying that, I pretty much had the prescription forced on me by a psychiatrist and never actually took it.
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    This is really common, doctor don't really push pill, in the UK, and especially on younger people, since most just dont solve anything and could lead to major health problem in the future, which they learnt from year of just pushing pill in the past.
    honestly you'll need to be near or pretty much suicidal to get decent pills from most doctors. This is for many good reason, The fact pill dont solve anything, but if you suffer from something for a while, most people dont really care about solving it, just having some rest bite. A lot fo young people also lie, and people, to get free script pill from doctors, that you can get high off ect ect, such as the stronger AD, can be used to strongly increase the effects of LSD and Magic mushrooms and thus highly sought after but people and con men ect, trust me when i say there a lot of valid reasons and i can understand them.

    In your case its not surprise really, as much as i love the NHS its slow and what you described happened to me when i was meant to get braces, i eneded up giving up after almosta year of being told go here, get a letter from here blah blah blah.

    Anyways youll need to see a psychiatrist to get any real pill, since theyre the ones who have the skill to see what kind of help you need, not GP's. GP just do the basic tasks when it comes to mental health and honestly cant offer much help, and due to streched servies of the NHS places for psych's and other servies can take a while to get.

    either deyesy was lucky or his doctor was more willing to hand out pill, for him to get it the first time round. that being said the pills he got where pretty much paracetamol, in that they dont really do much and are pretty much OTC..

    best of luck to you, but its a long road ahead, just keep at it, if you need some real help.
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    (Original post by Deyesy)
    My GP was initially like this but basically gave up on me actually seeing a psychiatrist so started me on Citalopram about 3 months after I started seeing them :lol:

    How long is it since you first got referred to them?
    It's been around a month and a half, which isn't that long compared to what some people have waited I know, but I was still wondering

    and ooh I see, I guess you got lucky in that case!

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    This is really common, doctor don't really push pill, in the UK, and especially on younger people, since most just dont solve anything and could lead to major health problem in the future, which they learnt from year of just pushing pill in the past.
    honestly you'll need to be near or pretty much suicidal to get decent pills from most doctors. This is for many good reason, The fact pill dont solve anything, but if you suffer from something for a while, most people dont really care about solving it, just having some rest bite. A lot fo young people also lie, and people, to get free script pill from doctors, that you can get high off ect ect, such as the stronger AD, can be used to strongly increase the effects of LSD and Magic mushrooms and thus highly sought after but people and con men ect, trust me when i say there a lot of valid reasons and i can understand them.

    In your case its not surprise really, as much as i love the NHS its slow and what you described happened to me when i was meant to get braces, i eneded up giving up after almosta year of being told go here, get a letter from here blah blah blah.

    Anyways youll need to see a psychiatrist to get any real pill, since theyre the ones who have the skill to see what kind of help you need, not GP's. GP just do the basic tasks when it comes to mental health and honestly cant offer much help, and due to streched servies of the NHS places for psych's and other servies can take a while to get.

    either deyesy was lucky or his doctor was more willing to hand out pill, for him to get it the first time round. that being said the pills he got where pretty much paracetamol, in that they dont really do much and are pretty much OTC..

    best of luck to you, but its a long road ahead, just keep at it, if you need some real help.
    ahhh okay then, thank you for telling me!! i guess there's nothing i can do but keep waiting even if it's pretty difficult.
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    (Original post by purplebricks)
    It's been around a month and a half, which isn't that long compared to what some people have waited I know, but I was still wondering

    and ooh I see, I guess you got lucky in that case!
    Eh, things had to get much worse before they got better. MH care of any kind in this country is in a sorry state of affairs. Your GP can definitely prescribe them, though I suspect they'll probably want to wait a little while long before they do
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    (Original post by Deyesy)
    Eh, things had to get much worse before they got better. MH care of any kind in this country is in a sorry state of affairs. Your GP can definitely prescribe them, though I suspect they'll probably want to wait a little while long before they do
    I'm not sure, my GP gives off the vibe that she's too concerned about me seeing a psychiatrist so she would never prescribe it herself. Guess you never know though. Oh well. Thanks!!
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    (Original post by purplebricks)
    I'm not sure, my GP gives off the vibe that she's too concerned about me seeing a psychiatrist so she would never prescribe it herself. Guess you never know though. Oh well. Thanks!!
    You can always switch GP's if you don't feel as though they're help you I did in Liverpool and was one of the best decisions I made mental health wise ^_^
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    It's got nothing to do with your age. GPs can't prescribe antidepressants or other similar mental health medication; only a psychiatrist can. It's annoying but there you go.
    That's 100% not true, my GP prescribes my ADs all the time.
    A lot of GPs are trying to be careful, mainly because they want people to try counselling too.
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    GPs can and do prescribe any type of psychiatric medication, however they are usually reluctant to apart from SSRIs, benzodiazepines and antipsychotics because they are not 'specialists' in mental health and consider most medications like these sufficient for the job.
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    I was given a range of SSRIs by the GP from age 16. In my early 20s I was seen by psychiatrist on crisis team and given prescription for SNRI. Since then, I've had to use the mental health team and not my GP for medication reviews. GP won't go near medication prescribed by psychiatrist, they will just repeat the prescription until psychiatrist says not needed any more.
 
 
 
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