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    So I received a call today. Didn’t recognise the number but I answered anyway. It was the NHS mental health team, ringing about a referral made to them by my GP (which surprised me because she was so reluctant for the medication route and felt like the meds she gave for my headaches were fine enough; along with carrying on with my therapy.
    She explained what she was gonna do, spoke to me and after my anxiety had calmed down a bit I started actually answering her questions. Next thing I know u have an appointment on the 6th March at 10:30 to discuss everything with her.
    Has anyone on here actually been referred to the mental health team for an assessment at some point or am I going in blind? :/
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    For OP and Anon2k1 .

    I can relate so much to what you say and what you feel. I was both mentally and physically abused since year 7 to almost the end of highschool (year 12). The school authorities did absolutely nothing to help, they did speak to the bullies and promise to kick them out of school or talk to their parents about the bullying which only made things worse for me. Talking to my parents made them go and talk to the school or tell the bullies parents which did the same. I was depressed, had anxiety, PTSD, and other minor issues because of that... it took my mother a few years to realize how bad I was (and she is a psychologist, has a doctorate in behavioral child psychology). I was a few months on antidepressants and I must say, it was the best decision. They helped me get to the point of having enough strength to be able to receive a proper therapy and to do something about it.

    Now, about ten years later, I am much better, still have episodes of anxiety, but I am brave enough to explain it to people and they treat it with respect.

    As for medication, I would not recommend any specific one, it is not my specialty, a drug can be great for one person but harmful for another person. However, I must say a properly fitted one will help you to get enough powers to make the therapy work.
    Talk to your doctor, talk to your therapist, tell everything, they are there to help you. You both seem to be smart and strong enough to benefit from both medication and therapy.

    I’m so sorry to hear that. All this time I’ve been told by people that my issues were irrelevant bc they didn’t touch me. And now I see why. I’m sorry you had to go that and it makes me feel so happy that you’ve gotten your life back.
    May I ask if it still affects you sometimes or if you’ve had any reoccurring issues regarding the abuse (don’t have to answer at all if you don’t feel comfortable; I completely understand)
    I hope you continue to keep on the positive track and that you can keep in control because you deserve it. x
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    (Original post by Anon2k1)
    I’m so sorry to hear that. All this time I’ve been told by people that my issues were irrelevant bc they didn’t touch me. And now I see why. I’m sorry you had to go that and it makes me feel so happy that you’ve gotten your life back.
    May I ask if it still affects you sometimes or if you’ve had any reoccurring issues regarding the abuse (don’t have to answer at all if you don’t feel comfortable; I completely understand)
    I hope you continue to keep on the positive track and that you can keep in control because you deserve it. x
    Thanks.
    I am much more open about it now, I think it helps people if I share, I mean it gives hope and motivates once you see others that overcame similar situations.

    I still have anxiety attacks and panic attacks sometimes. I find it much easier if I tell people at work or friends about how to deal with it so they will be ready. It is surprisingly easy when they are ready. I often explain it like, if a coworker is epileptic and having an attack it is very important to know how to react... same with panic attacks and anxiety. Although it is so rare to get to an actual attack, I do have episodes.

    I still dislike my voice and prefer writing or typing rather than talking, although my jobs were mostly talking, even face to face.
    I still find it hard to wear glasses, prefer being without them whenever I can.
    I still get hurt when people talk about my voice, looks or some of my hobbies or beliefs or stuff like that. I do try to avoid arguments and often just leave an argument when it gets a bit more loud... even online (well I don't know how to explain it... It just makes me feel pressured).
    But on the other hand, I do feel much more confident, much stronger, much safer and much more communicative.

    I really hope things will go better for you. you can talk to me if you want to share something.
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    Thanks.
    I am much more open about it now, I think it helps people if I share, I mean it gives hope and motivates once you see others that overcame similar situations.

    I still have anxiety attacks and panic attacks sometimes. I find it much easier if I tell people at work or friends about how to deal with it so they will be ready. It is surprisingly easy when they are ready. I often explain it like, if a coworker is epileptic and having an attack it is very important to know how to react... same with panic attacks and anxiety. Although it is so rare to get to an actual attack, I do have episodes.

    I still dislike my voice and prefer writing or typing rather than talking, although my jobs were mostly talking, even face to face.
    I still find it hard to wear glasses, prefer being without them whenever I can.
    I still get hurt when people talk about my voice, looks or some of my hobbies or beliefs or stuff like that. I do try to avoid arguments and often just leave an argument when it gets a bit more loud... even online (well I don't know how to explain it... It just makes me feel pressured).
    But on the other hand, I do feel much more confident, much stronger, much safer and much more communicative.

    I really hope things will go better for you. you can talk to me if you want to share something.
    I relate to this so much I feel like I wrote it. I hope you don’t take this offensively but I kind of feel a bit better knowing that someone actually understands. Like I’ve been bullied for like 6 years of my life but the harassment and all that came after, no one understood the bullying let alone the threats and the fear I had that they would stop me when they saw me alone, or the fear of walking up the stairwell and seeing them waiting for me at the top, cornering me, following me, chasing me etc. They made my life hell and they’re now in my college too. Every time I see them everything just comes back and I can’t stop the anxiety building up and it feels like I’m gonna explode but everyone is just watching; waiting.
    I might take you up on that offer because I know you know first hand what it’s like. I hope things stay better for you and your co-workers continue to stay supportive. I’m 16 and people use the fact that ‘I’m now an adult’ to pull the ‘it’s in your past get over it’ ‘life is **** you aren’t the only one’ type of lectures. My teachers did it, my parents continuously point out how I’m their failure and everything that goes wrong is my fault etc. I just feel like there’s all these people around me but I’m alone, as if these people are just watching their favourite show and I’m the main character.
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