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Fraser_0762
01-10-17, 07:19 AM
I've booked a GP Appointment for the 19th. I'm not really sure what to say though or who to ask to be referred to.

Any advice? :(

BellaVita
01-10-17, 07:25 AM
Really great job!

It can be so hard to just even schedule an appointment.

I don't know how your system works there so I don't know what advice I can offer.

Do you know if you are looking to see a psychiatrist or are you more looking for a therapist/counselor of some sort? Or both?

Fraser_0762
01-10-17, 07:26 AM
Honestly, I don't know the difference or what the best option would even be.

BellaVita
01-10-17, 07:36 AM
Honestly, I don't know the difference or what the best option would even be.

Oh OK I think I get it.

Here is my understanding:

Psychiatrist: used to diagnose and get treatment for mental health conditions. (medications)

I think a counselor and therapist are pretty similar, although I think some offer different things – I'm not sure. But anyways these people are to more talk you through your life problems, and help you learn how to cope better. They're there for more than that I think but I am not super familiar with all of the different types of therapy and counseling.

Maybe you don't have to think about what the best option is, maybe you should just pick one and go for it.

Sometimes I personally can get caught up in thinking of what is the absolutely best option. But sometimes that is a trap and makes me end up not doing anything at all and not making advancement.

I would suggest going to your GP and telling him/her of the struggles you've had symptom-wise for years and years and that you are finally ready to seek out treatment and get professional help, and would they please give you a referral to a psychiatrist.

Once you have a psychiatrist, and get evaluated,(they also might choose to start you on medication), then you can actually ask the psychiatrist for a referral to what type of counseling/therapy they think would be beneficial to you. I have had a psychiatrist refer me to a therapist before.

That way you wouldn't have to worry about what type of therapist/counselor to look for, your psychiatrist would already know kind of what you need based on the evaluation results.

Maybe this advice sucks, but that is what I would do in the country I am in.

Fraser_0762
01-10-17, 07:46 AM
Yeah, i'm definitley bad for getting stuck on choices then not making any. I feel so helpless, like I have no real control over my own life. Even really simple choices cause me great anxiety.

BellaVita
01-10-17, 08:33 AM
Yeah, i'm definitley bad for getting stuck on choices then not making any. I feel so helpless, like I have no real control over my own life. Even really simple choices cause me great anxiety.

I think I get what that's like. :grouphug:

Fuzzy12
01-10-17, 10:07 AM
I've booked a GP Appointment for the 19th. I'm not really sure what to say though or who to ask to be referred to.

Any advice? :(

Good job! !

It depends on what you think you need. I'm assuming that you want to be assessed fir possible disorders like adhd so ask to be referred to a psychiatrist.

Tell the gp your symptoms and stress your impairments. How are your symptoms negatively affecting your life. If they don't volunteer to refer you to a psychiatrist don't be afraid to say that you believe it might be adhd and you would like to see a psychiatrist to be assessed. Gp s can't diagnose adhd so they have to refer you.

kilted_scotsman
01-10-17, 02:47 PM
Hi Fraser

Great stuff.

Have a look in your PM's. A week or two ago I sent you the name of the NHS ADHD specialist psychiatrist in Edinburgh.

Since you have an Aspie diagnosis and from the tone of your posts it might be an idea to ask for a referral to the ADHD specialist AND for counselling to support you during the waiting period.

Remember about the Low Cost Counselling Services (LCCS)..... ask for information about these and the GP's view about a referral to one of them as well as the NHS service. I know PF in Edinburgh have a good reputation, and they also have Transactional Analysts, a type of therapy that suits thinking orientated AS type people.

Fraser_0762
01-10-17, 02:56 PM
Hi Fraser

Great stuff.

Have a look in your PM's. A week or two ago I sent you the name of the NHS ADHD specialist psychiatrist in Edinburgh.

Since you have an Aspie diagnosis and from the tone of your posts it might be an idea to ask for a referral to the ADHD specialist AND for counselling to support you during the waiting period.

Remember about the Low Cost Counselling Services (LCCS)..... ask for information about these and the GP's view about a referral to one of them as well as the NHS service. I know PF in Edinburgh have a good reputation, and they also have Transactional Analysts, a type of therapy that suits thinking orientated AS type people.

Hi Kilted, thanks for the advice.

Can I ask to be referred to this person directly? Would I be allowed to make such a request to my GP?

I'll try to remember to ask those things, or better yet, i'll write it down. There's a lot of job titles that I don't understand or know exactly what it means the person does or offers. But i'll try to look into it more and gain a better understanding.

dvdnvwls
01-10-17, 04:40 PM
"Not choosing" is impossible. What we call "not choosing" is simply making the choice to do nothing. Sometimes it's the best idea - but unfortunately not very often.

Fraser_0762
01-10-17, 05:51 PM
"Not choosing" is impossible. What we call "not choosing" is simply making the choice to do nothing. Sometimes it's the best idea - but unfortunately not very often.

That's a good point. I never looked at it that way.

dvdnvwls
01-10-17, 06:15 PM
I think that if a person is going to choose to do nothing about a certain situation, it might help to be honest with yourself and not be ashamed of it. Bad feelings don't improve the results. :)

finallyfound10
01-10-17, 07:07 PM
YAY Fraser!!! :yes:

I too get very, very stuck in needing to do things but just not able to do them.

I also suffer from the paralysis of analysis. I will think something to the death then not do a darn thing about it!

Ask the GP for what you need!!!

Listen to those on here who deal with the NHS for the best advice on navigating through it.