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Finally gonna get a psychiatrist any tips?

Postby silvershade » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:04 am

For most my life I've been struggling with attachment issues, I've been to counselors but the "just talking about it" therapy has never worked for me and I overcame my depression on my own... But getting that out of the picture revealed something else, I wans't even suffering from depression, I was just lonely... I researched that for a while, "just connect with people" it said, and that's what I did.
it was great having friends, but something didn't feel right, as in, I had no love for them, I didn't even like them... but I did....
back to research, I researched hard, did I have autism? maybe, what about antisocial personality disorder, don't think so... but then I stumbled apon a video, it was about a little 5 year old girl who wanted to kill everyone, (she's doing fine now) I was curious about that, I researched "children who where raised by animals" and that was the first time /RAD/ came up. It seemed to be the perfect description for me... but my history wasn't of me being raised by a dog, I had a stable family, a mother and father... the only problem was that my coping strategy was just to... forget... Maybe she neglected me, maybe I am just a severely neglected kid. I want to know more, I want to know if I can actually ever "love" my friends as they claim they do me...
it's not like my life is very hard, I have a job, I can go to it every day.... but there's a hole in me, a hole I want to fill... I think that hole is lack of any meaningful relationship be it friendship or romantic...

I'll be looking for a psychologist, but I don't know what to search for... is it trauma? ptsd? attachment disorders? I'm not depressed but every time they hand me one of those little sheet things I come up as /severely depressed/
where do I go to find someone who can actually help? what do I ask?
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Re: Finally gonna get a psychiatrist any tips?

Postby SweetSlumber » Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:10 pm

What a psychiatrist could do for you is giving you meds or having you examined (blood tests etc) to see if there is a physical cause of your problems. Things like PTSD or RAD are usually treated with psychotherapy, or psychotherapy + meds. If psychoanalytic approach doesn't work for you, you could try CBT, or maybe DBT.
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Re: Finally gonna get a psychiatrist any tips?

Postby Parador » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:35 pm

Tip: AVOID Psychiatrists. AVOID AVOID AVOID!!! They don't know what they are doing and the drugs they give you are probably causing more harm than good in the long run. They don't even know how the drugs are really affecting the brain since they don't have a good idea of how the brain works. Most positive effects from psych drugs are just a placebo effect anyway - but the side effects are real and can be quite damaging.


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Re: Finally gonna get a psychiatrist any tips?

Postby SweetSlumber » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:11 pm

Some people feel better on drugs, some don't. It depends.
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Re: Finally gonna get a psychiatrist any tips?

Postby Alucard » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:58 am

I would suggest searching all avenues. As a trauma survivor myself, I would advise taking another look at whether a psychiatrist is someone you want to visit or not. Medication will not help any wounds heal.

I'm bias, I work in alternative mental health. But i've also been on medication, and it's never did much but make my paranoia and delusions worse.

Search different types of support in your area. If you do want to see a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, someone who serves up meds, research them thoroughly and go in there with a clear line what you will accept and what you wont. I.e, if they try to give you five meds, don't just take them because they say. One psychiatrist tried starting me on an antipsychotic, an antidepression, two anxiety meds and sleeping med after speaking with her for 15 minutes.

There are many different types of specialists and community/peer programs as well. Holistic and humanistic practices take more into account your body, mind, past, present, and future, rather than whittling you down to a single diagnosis or disorder. It's more all encompassing. Because what "disorder" you may or may not have isn't really important, it's you wanting to heal, wanting to be able to move on with life and function how you wish. So getting a label won't change any of that.

I honestly have trouble feeling like I actually "care" about people as well. Instead, I just felt like they were people around me who I could do things with, but if they stopped hanging around me or stopped talking to me I really didn't care. And I thought that was odd, but I wasn't sure. Now I use this to my advantage, to make great connects and network in business, and always appear older than I am, super dedicated and professional. So even though I might not always join the team for coffee or potluck, I'm a valuable member of the team. And when I do join, everyone is welcoming because I'm a friendly person.

So sometimes it's also a matter of realizing every human is different and we care at different levels. It's okay not to seem like you care as much for others as they do for you. I'm sure millions of other people have felt and still feel the same way you do. Hell, the friends who say they care about you could actually feel the same way. You never know.
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Re: Finally gonna get a psychiatrist any tips?

Postby DDK » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:47 am

Just be alert about excessive meds recipes or anything closer, if you feel that something is strange, report here and people can give you some advices.
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Re: Finally gonna get a psychiatrist any tips?

Postby LittleHallucynation » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:59 pm

Dare to be critical. Take initiative in what you want to change in your life. Don't just wait for the therapy to work. Look for peers with the same disorder to know what treatments are out there besides talking to someone. I have had good experiences with psychiatrists in general, also treating me without medicine. Look for a therapist working in a team, not alone.
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