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Old 10-10-2018, 11:10 AM   #1
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I've finally worked up the courage to make an appointment with a doctor. I've been having various mental health problems and am very anxious and unsure of how to explain my issues.
I have spoken to professionals before (years ago) but they have already had a general understanding of my problems and I would just be answering their questions.
Having to go to someone and immediately explain myself is very intimidating

Any tips/advice for talking about/explaining your mental health issues would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:15 AM   #2
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Write it down. When I knew something was wrong I wrote down my concerns in a list form on paper. When I got to my appt I gave it to my doctor. I was convinced he was going to think I was being dramatic. My anxiety almost stopped me from going. However he read my list and prescribed meds and sent me to a therapist immediately.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:37 AM   #3
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I was convinced he was going to think I was being dramatic. My anxiety almost stopped me from going. However he read my list and prescribed meds and sent me to a therapist immediately.
I often worry about being seen as overdramatic too
Thanks! I will definetly do this
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I agree about writing it down; you can also prepare something to say in advance. Perhaps you can practice in front of the mirror, or something similar.
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My suggestion is to get on a DBT site online & go into the interpersonal effectiveness section....there is a part with the acronyn DEAR MAN. The firms help you put together your thoughts so they are much easier to present & to stand your ground
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I would see if you can get a referral to a psychiatrist. General doctors don't know much about psych meds (at least in the US).
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I would see if you can get a referral to a psychiatrist. General doctors don't know much about psych meds (at least in the US).
yep that's my goal! I have to go through a GP first to then get referred to a mental health specialist
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Good idea. Wishing you all the best.
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I've been having various mental health problems and am very anxious and unsure of how to explain my issues.
that DBT section I wrote about helps organize thoughts & helps go through best ways of oresenting them to get your needs met.
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that DBT section I wrote about helps organize thoughts & helps go through best ways of oresenting them to get your needs met.
Thank you very much for telling me about this, I've never heard of this method before. It sounds very helpful, will definetly be trying it

(DEAR MAN for those who haven't heard of it -
https://www.mindfulnessmuse.com/dial...-what-you-want)
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