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    So I finally plucked up the courage to make an appointment with my university's student pyschological support unit and have an initial assesment on Wednesday. I don't really know what to expect or how to prepare. Can anyone offer any advice?

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    One way you can prepare is to think about what it is that concerns you in detail (after all there is a reason you're seeing them). While they will aid you by asking questions, it's always helpful if you can write a list of things, including smaller details you may forget to mention, as well as real life examples. Think about when it started, anything related to it in your past, how it makes you feel etc.

    I don't know what you're going with, but in general initially you start off by saying your general concerns and the person talking to you will ask about relevant details. Make sure you go in early because you might have to fill out a form beforehand.

    This is based on my personal experiences going in with depression and OCD though, both at uni and NHS psychologists. It may be different for you.

    Don't worry too much about preparing though, I personally didn't. Expect a friendly environment with a comfortable chair for you to sit in.
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    (Original post by Nadile)
    One way you can prepare is to think about what it is that concerns you in detail (after all there is a reason you're seeing them). While they will aid you by asking questions, it's always helpful if you can write a list of things, including smaller details you may forget to mention, as well as real life examples. Think about when it started, anything related to it in your past, how it makes you feel etc.

    I don't know what you're going with, but in general initially you start off by saying your general concerns and the person talking to you will ask about relevant details. Make sure you go in early because you might have to fill out a form beforehand.

    This is based on my personal experiences going in with depression and OCD though, both at uni and NHS psychologists. It may be different for you.

    Don't worry too much about preparing though, I personally didn't. Expect a friendly environment with a comfortable chair for you to sit in.
    Thank you so much for your advice! Would it look odd if I actually went in with a list of things written down?
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    (Original post by Moonstruck16)
    Thank you so much for your advice! Would it look odd if I actually went in with a list of things written down?
    No. I'm sure they've had people do that before.
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    (Original post by Moonstruck16)
    Thank you so much for your advice! Would it look odd if I actually went in with a list of things written down?
    I don't think it would be weird at all. It's something that even mental health professionals have recommended to me.
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    Writing things down is excellent idea. Try not to be embarrassed and try to be as honest as you can be. This increases your chances of being sent to right counsellor or service
 
 
 
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