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    My mom said she had to wait around 12 months until she was able to go for a first appointment. Is this true? I've recently become very worried about my social habits and I don't think I could wait that long... Surely 12 months is terrible for people in much worse situations than myself?

    But can anyone clarify this? Or perhaps someone else has seen a psychiatrist/psychologist? I'm looking for a diagnosis first and then perhaps some arranged appointments depending on the results of this diagnosis.

    Help of any kind would be appreciated so much.
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    How are you organising this? Is it through the NHS? If it is, you could ask your GP what the waiting time is for a referal. Why not go private if you can afford it.
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    I'm going to see my doctor sometime next week. I think he's just going to refer me to someone? I'm not sure, I haven't done anything like this before.
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    12 months thats crazy but they may have to prioritize patients.
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    I dont think it is quite as bad as 12 months, obviously the mental health service is over stretched but i think 12 months is a long time and i would have thought over stretching the guidelines as to when you should get an appointment.

    Go to the doctor and ask them when you have seen if you are refered, they will be able to tell you an idea of a waiting time in your area.
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    I was reffered to a clinical psychologist for CBT sessions due to OCD and had to wait for 12 months.Mind you,i opted to see a trainee clinical psychologist as the other option was to wait for a further 6 months i.e 18 months in total to see a 'proper'psychologist.It might even take more than 12 months because of the window period of seeing ur gp and having you put on the waiting list (that gap in correspondenceetc.I am not aware if they prioritize but this is just my experience.I eventually saw her and had 12 sessions of CBT.
    As for a psychiatrist,i took me about 3 months to see one after been reffered by the gp.Then the shrink thought that it would be a good idea to combine CBT/psychologist with the medication that he was prescribing since themedication wasn't doing much.
    The best thing to do would be to go to your Gp as soon as possible and get the ball rolling since it can take quite a while to see this mental health proffesionals.
    The door is open if you have any more questions, aight ,all the best and take care.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    My mom said she had to wait around 12 months until she was able to go for a first appointment. Is this true? I've recently become very worried about my social habits and I don't think I could wait that long... Surely 12 months is terrible for people in much worse situations than myself?

    But can anyone clarify this? Or perhaps someone else has seen a psychiatrist/psychologist? I'm looking for a diagnosis first and then perhaps some arranged appointments depending on the results of this diagnosis.

    Help of any kind would be appreciated so much.
    The waiting list aint always that long but it can depend on how much a gp feels you need to see someone

    Usually you will go and see your gp and explain the problem then if he/she thinks you need to see someone he will refer you to the appropriate person thatll be usually a psychologist or counsellor
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    I reckon now tell me if im right.
 
 
 
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