Mental health Watch

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So a few months ago I went to my gp as I felt really down and highly anxious. She have me two tests to fill in. One for depression and one for gad ( generalised anxiety disorder) I filled them in and have them in at reception. A few weeks later I got a letter from a mental health service, which is what I told my gp I didn't want to do. I did however tell her that I would like to go on medication. I also didn't hear back from my gp about the results of the test so I am confused and don't know what to do. Any advice?
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The gp referred you to a psychiatrist. This is completely normal. Most of the doctors who have an interest or any particular skill in mental health specialised in psychiatry. Therefore most gps don’t really want to medicate mental health issues themselves, usually only simple and minor ones such as mild depression or social anxiety.

I would read the letter and arrange an appointment with the mental health services. Just be careful however.

Although it is unlikely, since you are seeking treatment, you could end up detained in a mental health hospital. If asked any questions about suicidality deny being suicidal. You can admit to being low in mood, or even severely depressed. But never suggest that you would like to or even think about taking your own life. As soon as you do that opens up the ability of the psychiatrist to section you (which means have you detained on a psychiatrist ward.

Any. Seek treatment. Most mental illness’ can be treated quite successfully. If you have a mild to moderate mood or anxiety disorder, with medication, you can easily achieve normalcy. Even if severe, with maximum doses you can reduce symptoms dramatically and live a somewhat normal life. That’s why is psychiatrists are in medicine. Because we can literally be the people to completely turn a life around. It is a very important relationship, the one with a psychiatrist.
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lots of people suffer from depression and anxiety, it is not uncommon. doctors resort to the simplest solution first -- that is counselling from a counsellor and maybe a low dosed antidepressant. i'm surprised she didn't offer you a low dose the first time you saw her. how long have you been suffering? are you over 18?

i wouldn't worry about the 'test' you filled in. it doesn't test you for anxiety or depression (i've filled out at few in my life). it's just something for the doctor to have on file as a reference to how you're feeling.

long story short, make an appointment with your GP so you can talk about the counselling and the medication. don't worry too much about the letter. no one's going to force you to do anything you don't wanna do (speaking as something with long-term GAD).
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(Original post by Anonymous)
So a few months ago I went to my gp as I felt really down and highly anxious. She have me two tests to fill in. One for depression and one for gad ( generalised anxiety disorder) I filled them in and have them in at reception. A few weeks later I got a letter from a mental health service, which is what I told my gp I didn't want to do. I did however tell her that I would like to go on medication. I also didn't hear back from my gp about the results of the test so I am confused and don't know what to do. Any advice?
I went to my GP and had the same situation, but I told them that I'm way too anxious to go to a therapist, I'm 21 and I've had medication when i was about 17, it took a lot of courage to go to the doctors never mind therapy!! I would suggest you go back to a doctor, state that you can not handle going to counselling and say that you would like to try medication and to try and feel stable enough to go to counselling, I know how you feel, I would never of been able to see a counsellor, but now I've got medication and support I feel as though I can, I'm sorry if this doesn't help, let me know how it goes!
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