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Alternative to a Psychologist?

Postby thardytones » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:03 pm

I'm struggling with OCD and rather severe anxiety, and have been for 4 or so months, and have recognised this for 2 or so months. I am 16 right now, and
I realise that the best thing to do would be to see a psychologist about this, but I think this would be too hard:
1. My father has early-onset Alzheimer's, and my family is struggling enough already; I would not want to put any extra strain on my family
2. I have no idea how I'd go about finding a psychologist (I live in the UK) and wouldn't really want to explain my problems to anyone - this seems like too big a step to take
3. I feel like seeing a psychologist may be undermining the key reasons for my anxiety (I am constantly scared that I am a paedophile/necrophiliac/occasionally terrorist/murderer/pervert/...)
4. My major exams have been preventing me from doing anything (they end in about a week), as I haven't wanted to be put in an institution, in the fear that my whole life would be ruined by it

Are there any smaller steps I could take before finding a psychologist (eg online; I have been using this forum to help me to an extent)? Can someone please give some advice?
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Re: Alternative to a Psychologist?

Postby Snaga » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:08 pm

If you see someone who has knowledge about OCD, I really don't see you being locked away! Most of what you listed is pretty run-of-the-mill fears for OCD sufferers.

I've heard of online therapy, but that does cost money and I don't know if there's any that would be covered by the NHS. I think your best bet is going to be to bite the bullet and put in to see someone, and stress that you need someone with OCD experience.

I understand your anxieties- do as I say, not as I do. I have my own excuses not to go get help, although as time goes by, I think it's harder and harder for me to keep from doing so.

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