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Postby Buddha443556 » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:47 am

I have an appointment on the 13th to see my psychiatrist. The closer I get to that appointment the more agitated I get. The last time I saw him he gave me a GAF 50 and I was a ######6 wreck. I had just gotten out of lock up and had insomnia so bad I was up for three or four days at a time. I couldn't leave my home without a panic attack. Flashbacks were a daily thing. Depressed!? My last appeal had just been denied by Social Security and even now I see no hope what-so-ever. If I could kill myself I would but my best bet is death by cop and the sheriff should show up sooner or later to foreclose. The only reason I got county assistance is this disability statement from the psychiatrist. No disability statement, no assistance. I figure there's a good chance I'm not coming home from this appointment on the 13th. I sent my friend all my emergency contacts and I'm making out my Last Will just in case I get killed instead of locked up again.

So am I the only one that finds seeing their psychiatrist this stressful? 5 AM and I'm still awake!! AAARG!!
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Postby shutin » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:30 am

I eventually started getting stressed by the psychiatrist/mental center. I quit going. I feel much better now that I don't go, but if you need the meds you don't have much of a choice. I also hated leaving the house, couldn't do it for a while.

BTW: I went to a state operated place and they had a financail advisor help with the disability. Someone I trusted also helped with that.
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Postby Butterfly Faerie » Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:48 pm

It's really normal to feel that way.
Any assessment, or first sessions are really stressful.
Once you are over that initial hump though it does get easier... hang in there.

Panic attacks are awful, I used to deal with them now they rarely go into panic. Remember in terms of the anxiety, that once you are there talking to your pdoc, it'll go away, likely when you are on your way. Anticipatory anxiety is the worse.

You mentioned flashbacks, are they PTSD/trauma related?

The insomnia is horrible I know again, I've dealt with it many times....

What's a GAF if you don't mind me asking.
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Postby Buddha443556 » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:20 pm

Butterfly Faerie wrote:You mentioned flashbacks, are they PTSD/trauma related?

Yes, I've been diagnosed with PTSD, spent too much time listening to my mother scream in ICU before she died.

Butterfly Faerie wrote:What's a GAF if you don't mind me asking.

Global Assessment of Functioning, Axis V of the DSM. A GAF less than or equal to 50 is usually required for county assistance.
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Postby Buddha443556 » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:51 pm

shutin wrote:BTW: I went to a state operated place and they had a financial adviser help with the disability. Someone I trusted also helped with that.

I'm waiting on a judge, so 2 or 3 years from now I might get an appointment to see one and that appointment could be years later too. I can't hold Wells Fargo and the Sheriff Dept off that long.
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Postby Buddha443556 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:46 pm

Hmmm ... I survived my appointment. I think it was his emotional tone the first time I saw him that had me thinking I was going into combat. He seemed fine this time. Schizoid apathy doesn't help me see things straight, I'm always prepared for the worse.
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Postby SmallTalkRed » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:45 pm

hi,
i found it stressful for a while, but i stuck with it and now I have been seeing the doc for 5yrs, and yes I need this.

I asked him for a bit of help and he gave me a name of a lawyer that takes care of these matters. I feel bit more steady.

You might be able get help from your doctor.
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Postby Buddha443556 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:30 am

SmallTalkRed wrote:hi,
i found it stressful for a while, but i stuck with it and now I have been seeing the doc for 5yrs, and yes I need this.

I asked him for a bit of help and he gave me a name of a lawyer that takes care of these matters. I feel bit more steady.

You might be able get help from your doctor.

I wish someone could help me. Kind of hard to make any plans when you think you have no future.
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