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    I have an appointment with my GP to discuss mental health issues. I'm really scared about it. I've written a list of how I feel/symptoms in case I'm too nervous to really talk about how I feel properly.

    Is it ok if I give that to them and then can discuss the list with them?
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    Mental health issues are one of the top reasons for consultations, so don't be concerned. I think your list idea will work well. If there's a GP you particularly like try to make an appointment with them too.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I have an appointment with my GP to discuss mental health issues. I'm really scared about it. I've written a list of how I feel/symptoms in case I'm too nervous to really talk about how I feel properly.

    Is it ok if I give that to them and then can discuss the list with them?
    That's a great idea. That's what I've done in the past too. I find it easier if they ask me questions and I can give more of a yes/no answer, or at least give an answer based on what they've asked me rather than having to bring the entire thing up and talk about it in length myself. You've taken the first big steps in recognising that you need some help and support, and by booking the appointment and making your list. You're doing really well and you're really brave, remember that. Good luck
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    (Original post by Zarek)
    Mental health issues are one of the top reasons for consultations, so don't be concerned. I think your list idea will work well. If there's a GP you particularly like try to make an appointment with them too.
    Thanks, it's a new GP because I've moved but I'm seeing a female doctor because I feel more comfortable with that.

    (Original post by chelseadagg3r)
    That's a great idea. That's what I've done in the past too. I find it easier if they ask me questions and I can give more of a yes/no answer, or at least give an answer based on what they've asked me rather than having to bring the entire thing up and talk about it in length myself. You've taken the first big steps in recognising that you need some help and support, and by booking the appointment and making your list. You're doing really well and you're really brave, remember that. Good luck
    Thank you

    Yeah this is what I am thinking, they can ask questions based on what I've given them because I don't think I can explain it to them properly otherwise. I'll get forgetful or anxious and it won't come out right.
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    (Original post by chelseadagg3r)
    That's a great idea. That's what I've done in the past too. I find it easier if they ask me questions and I can give more of a yes/no answer, or at least give an answer based on what they've asked me rather than having to bring the entire thing up and talk about it in length myself. You've taken the first big steps in recognising that you need some help and support, and by booking the appointment and making your list. You're doing really well and you're really brave, remember that. Good luck
    I wondered if you know about this, can a GP make a diagnosis for mental health issues? Or will they refer me to someone else for diagnosis. I've been reading about it and it appears that the GP does but I wanted to know from someone who has been through it.

    Also my appointment got cancelled and pushed back for another 2 weeks so I guess I have even more time to prepare now,
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    I’m interested to know if a GP will ever think I’m wasting their time? I want to speak to someone about my mental health but I’m not like those who are struggling very badly, I just know I’m not coping very well.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I have an appointment with my GP to discuss mental health issues. I'm really scared about it. I've written a list of how I feel/symptoms in case I'm too nervous to really talk about how I feel properly.

    Is it ok if I give that to them and then can discuss the list with them?
    They won't be able to help. All they will do is give you Propranolol and direct you to some websites.
    Better off going private for counselling, hypnotherapy and other more useful methods.

    Also they can officially diagnose you so be careful about that as it will be on your medical record then. It can hinder your chances of getting a job too and also getting medication for other unrelated things. it can also mean they wont listen to you about certain things because 'you have a mental condition so therefore you're not thinking straight' .So just be careful on what you declare to them.
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    (Original post by Mike1211)
    They won't be able to help. All they will do is give you Propranolol and direct you to some websites.
    Better off going private for counselling, hypnotherapy and other more useful methods.

    Also they can officially diagnose you so be careful about that as it will be on your medical record then. It can hinder your chances of getting a job too and also getting medication for other unrelated things. it can also mean they wont listen to you about certain things because 'you have a mental condition so therefore you're not thinking straight' .So just be careful on what you declare to them.
    I cannot afford any sort of private help so that's not really useful to me.

    I don't really mind. I already have mental health conditions on my record. I was diagnosed with anxiety previously and also as a child I was diagnosed with OCD. I'm going back because I've been feeling depressed for 6 years now and I need help with it. I can't cope with it anymore, so I won't end up being able to work or function if I leave it any longer.

    (Original post by hatcs001)
    I’m interested to know if a GP will ever think I’m wasting their time? I want to speak to someone about my mental health but I’m not like those who are struggling very badly, I just know I’m not coping very well.
    You will definitely not be wasting their time. If you aren't coping get help
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I wondered if you know about this, can a GP make a diagnosis for mental health issues? Or will they refer me to someone else for diagnosis. I've been reading about it and it appears that the GP does but I wanted to know from someone who has been through it.

    Also my appointment got cancelled and pushed back for another 2 weeks so I guess I have even more time to prepare now,
    To an extent. It depends on how old you are and what they think you might have as to how they approach it. In my case, my GP initially didn't give me a diagnosis but acknowledged my symptoms as mental health problems and treated me with medication and regular check ups because I was only 14 and refused a referral to mental health services. As I got older and it got more serious and I started to get psychotic symptoms, it was more out of the remit of my GP and I was referred to mental health services and I worked with them. It also depends on the doctor a bit too.

    I'm sorry your appointment was pushed back though

    (Original post by hatcs001)
    I’m interested to know if a GP will ever think I’m wasting their time? I want to speak to someone about my mental health but I’m not like those who are struggling very badly, I just know I’m not coping very well.
    Never. It's a completely valid reason for an appointment :hugs:
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    there is a website called http://www.docready.org which you can build a printable checklist of things you want to talk about. they have the most common ones on there which you just click add or you can add your own.
    it also has advice on there about what happens when you go to a GP
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I wondered if you know about this, can a GP make a diagnosis for mental health issues? Or will they refer me to someone else for diagnosis. I've been reading about it and it appears that the GP does but I wanted to know from someone who has been through it.

    Also my appointment got cancelled and pushed back for another 2 weeks so I guess I have even more time to prepare now,
    I’ve just recently been to my GP about this because I’ve been experiencing mental health issues after an event that happened to me nearly 2 years ago. I went to the gp in December and again in February. In February the doctor was much more helpful and she was really nice. She didn’t ask too many questions and respected when I got too anxious to speak. She referred me to the NHS mental health team and I got an appointment which I went to on the 6th March. Before the appointment, you’ll get a welcome call from the START team (the team who get your referral) During that appointment they’ll talk to you about your issues, ask questions, they’ll ask about what triggers things off and other things which will help them. From there they will meet with the rest of their team and your GP to discuss the next move. In that time they will either refer you to a specialist for therapy e.g mindsmatter and will get a welcome call from them too. You don’t have to rush into ANYTHING. They’re pretty laid back and will continue at your speed. I’ve had a few panic attacks before hand as I was really worried, but when I got there and I saw from their facial reactions that they actually hear this stuff a lot more than I thought, I realised that they were serious about wanting to help me. Take the list with you; I did. I didn’t use it but I knew if I got way too anxious it was right there in my pocket with me. If you need any more questions or help or just someone to talk to you can always PM me. I hope your assessment goes well and like I said; I’m here for you x
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    May I add^
    I haven’t told my parents about the appointments and so far in both appointments with my GP and the Mental Health Specialist, its turned out well, they haven’t told any unnecessary people including my parents.
    My doctor originally wanted me on meds but because of my age (16) I had to undergo a mental health referral which was the START team thing. X
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    I’ve just recently been to my GP about this because I’ve been experiencing mental health issues after an event that happened to me nearly 2 years ago. I went to the gp in December and again in February. In February the doctor was much more helpful and she was really nice. She didn’t ask too many questions and respected when I got too anxious to speak. She referred me to the NHS mental health team and I got an appointment which I went to on the 6th March. Before the appointment, you’ll get a welcome call from the START team (the team who get your referral) During that appointment they’ll talk to you about your issues, ask questions, they’ll ask about what triggers things off and other things which will help them. From there they will meet with the rest of their team and your GP to discuss the next move. In that time they will either refer you to a specialist for therapy e.g mindsmatter and will get a welcome call from them too. You don’t have to rush into ANYTHING. They’re pretty laid back and will continue at your speed. I’ve had a few panic attacks before hand as I was really worried, but when I got there and I saw from their facial reactions that they actually hear this stuff a lot more than I thought, I realised that they were serious about wanting to help me. Take the list with you; I did. I didn’t use it but I knew if I got way too anxious it was right there in my pocket with me. If you need any more questions or help or just someone to talk to you can always PM me. I hope your assessment goes well and like I said; I’m here for you x
    Thanks this is really helpful.
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    Thanks this is really helpful.
    You’re welcome, if you need anything feel free to PM or ask x
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    Don’t be out off by people being negative. It is better to get what you’re feeling out on the table, even if your GO can’t help or you’re not happy with their suggestions. Their are other routes to an outcome other than medication but it just depends what works better for you, for example I cannot talk to people and choose to medicate. If you prefer to talk and don’t want to go down the drugs route, that may work better for you. My experience with all of my GPS (there have been a few!) is that they are willing to do whatever they can to help. As I was under 16 when I was diagnosed (anything over 16 is adults mental health in my county but it can differ) I was referred to children’s mental health and diagnosed that way so I’m not entirely sure how adult diagnosis works. Feel free to ask any questions if you have them, I’m more than willing to help 😉 best of luck! X
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    Don’t be out off by people being negative. It is better to get what you’re feeling out on the table, even if your GO can’t help or you’re not happy with their suggestions. Their are other routes to an outcome other than medication but it just depends what works better for you, for example I cannot talk to people and choose to medicate. If you prefer to talk and don’t want to go down the drugs route, that may work better for you. My experience with all of my GPS (there have been a few!) is that they are willing to do whatever they can to help. As I was under 16 when I was diagnosed (anything over 16 is adults mental health in my county but it can differ) I was referred to children’s mental health and diagnosed that way so I’m not entirely sure how adult diagnosis works. Feel free to ask any questions if you have them, I’m more than willing to help 😉 best of luck! X
    Thank you

    When I went to the GP previously over MH issues, I was first time under 16 and they didn't really help. And the second time I was 18 and they offered counselling but my parents preferred "home remedies". It's now taken me this long (I'm 23) to go back. I've needed help for a long time and nothing has made it better. I am not good at talking to people, but I think counselling/talking about things would help me. But I know it can take a long time to get referrals and things so if they offer medication initially I will start with that.
 
 
 
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