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Seeing a GP about mental health

ApolloApollo ScotlandPosts: 147 Helping Hand
My silly brain seems to only get worse as time goes on, and it's been happening very quickly. I don't know how much of this is necessarily true and how much is me being worried about things but oh well.

Anyway as things aren't improving over time and are generally bad, I've been wanting to see a GP, my friend suggested the same. I've never seen a GP and also never spoken to anyone in person about my mental health, the friend I spoke to I know from the Internet.

So, I have no idea what to expect or do and honestly I'm dreading it, but that doesn't really matter cause I'll do it anyway.

I imagine some of you guys have had experience like this? What should I say or expect?

Merci
🎵 I feel so funny these days, I'd rather sleep than stay awake 🎵
Laine

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  • lovemimoonlovemimoon Posts: 251 The Mix Regular
    Bonsoir, @Apollo

    Or by the time you see this, bonjour!

    If you're planning to visit the GP about your mental health, be straightforward with what you're going through.
    Initially, when I visited the GP, she was really nice, asked a couple of questions and discussed my options with me. She wanted to prescribe me some antidepressants but I was under the age at the time. I was diagnosed with depression However, we discussed other options and I was referred to CAMHS, then referred to NEFLT when I turned 18. Next week, I'm going to have a mental assessment for a rediagnosis.

    I'm going to say this - The diagnosis the GP will give you may not always be accurate. Sometimes there might be more to what you're going through, sometimes, it may not be the case. <3
    Apollo
  • ApolloApollo ScotlandPosts: 147 Helping Hand
    @lovemimoon thanks for the response and advice, I guess I just feel confused because I've never done something like this and don't know what it's like, so I appreciate your story
    🎵 I feel so funny these days, I'd rather sleep than stay awake 🎵
    lovemimoon
  • lovemimoonlovemimoon Posts: 251 The Mix Regular
    Hi @Apollo

    Don't worry! The GP is the first step and I wish you the best of luck! If you want, you can update us on how it went! :3
    Apollo
  • ApolloApollo ScotlandPosts: 147 Helping Hand
    Thanks, I think I will
    🎵 I feel so funny these days, I'd rather sleep than stay awake 🎵
    lovemimoon
  • independent_independent_ Resident Coffee Addict ScotlandPosts: 6,245 Master Poster
    edited May 3
    Hey @Apollo I’m sorry to hear you’re still struggling. Seeing a GP is always a big step and it’s understandable and ok to be nervous about it.

    When I first saw the GP about my mental health, I found it was helpful to write down a note in my phone with how I was feeling so I could refer to it if I needed to. You just need to be completely honest with them, tell them exactly how you’ve been feeling. The GP will ask questions which will help you to describe things. They might ask things like when it started, how it affects you day to day, and whether you’ve had thoughts about hurting yourself.

    The GP might refer you for some counselling or therapy, and or talk about prescribing you some medication if they think that would be helpful. The first time I went to the GP last year, I was started on a medication straight away and refered to the adult mental health team, but it’s different for everyone. Sometimes it’s more beneficial to try counselling first and medication isn’t always needed. And if you do try medication, know there’s loads of options out there - if the first one you try doesn’t work for you or if you have lots of side effects, go back to the GP and they’ll try you on a different one.

    I hope reading some of our experiences on here is helpful and good luck for when you do go, it’s always scary the first time but it’s a huge step and you should be really proud of yourself <3
    “Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.”
    Apollo
  • ApolloApollo ScotlandPosts: 147 Helping Hand
    Thanks @independent_ your experiences do help. And this might sound silly but thanks for saying I should be proud of myself that made me feel good
    🎵 I feel so funny these days, I'd rather sleep than stay awake 🎵
  • AidanAidan Clever idiot Posts: 2,982 Boards Guru
    Hey Apollo!

    Hope you're keeping well 😊 it's always great to see you in group chat!

    So I was not prepared AT ALL when I first went to see my GP about my mental health. My mum was forcing me to go because I'd stopped going to college and she only just then cottoned on that something was up (something had been up for like 7 or 8 years LOL).

    But, it was better late than never, and even though I had no idea what to say or do at all and I didn't really want to be there in the first place the GP was nice and understanding. I think I'd underestimated how many people GPs must actually talk to about their mental health.

    At that point I got referred to CAMHS, the waiting list was longgg and I aged out of CAMHS before I got the like 'proper' therapy (I did have weekly chats with a counsellor though) but the people were lovely and the meds the pschiatrist put me on seemed to be working - though I probably should've asked to try another because they were making me sleep all the time! But that was just my fault for not thinking to mention it.

    I went to the GPs more recently - initially I was looking for a diagnosis of PTSD, but for the GP that's way out of their depth and I'd have had to have seen a psychiatrist BUT they did prescribe me some meds - they didn't work too well but this time I was honest about it, and the next lot of meds seem to be working quite well and I'm still on them! I'm not particularly looking for a diagnosis anymore because the meds have properly abated my flashbacks as it is anyway, and it's not a diagnosis I'd want at all unless it was going to help me.

    I should probably be getting counselling too, but I've been referred for that and it's just my responsibility to chase that up, I just haven't yet 😂

    Best of luck when you got to the GPs, and I hope reading our experiences has helped you build a picture of what to expect!

    Take care!
    but idk tho
    Apollo
  • ApolloApollo ScotlandPosts: 147 Helping Hand
    @Aidan thanks, always great to see you in group chat too.

    Your experiences have helped me cause honestly I was just clueless about everything
    🎵 I feel so funny these days, I'd rather sleep than stay awake 🎵
  • coc0maccoc0mac Posts: 838 Part of The Mix Family
    Hey @Apollo,

    I'm so proud of you for wanting to reach out to a GP. This is a great step towards getting the support you truly deserve :heart:

    There's a great website called Doc Ready that helps you to prepare for your doctors visit (specially for mental health). So I wonder if you might find this helpful to look through?

    There's also a great page on Childline's website about speaking to your GP. I'm not sure how old you are; however, I do think this is a great resource regardless of age :blush: Explains everything in a way that is clear and easy to understand, so I like it for that reason.

    I hope these help. Best of luck! :heart:
    lovemimoonApollo
  • LaineLaine Fruit loop Gone for gooPosts: 2,761 Boards Guru
    edited May 3
    Hey Apollo bit late but also weighing in!

    I know how you feel right now, I need to ring them and discuss it but I have no idea what I'm going to say or anything.

    So my best piece of advice is definitely to plan ahead, it will likely be over phone so you can always write up what you want to say and have it in front of you!

    Secondly it is good to be entirely honest so you get the best out of it, they are there to help and gps deal with many things mental health included. I imagine they are dealing with it more than ever thanks to current events too!

    You got this :)

    🌈Positive thoughts🌈

    "This is my family. I found it, all on my own.
    It's little, and Broken, but still good. Yeah. Still good." ~ Stitch

    "Lately, I've been struggling with all the simple things in my life" ~ Cian Ducrot

    "I don't know if it's because my heart hurts or I'm insecure" ~ Juice Wrld
    lovemimoonApollo
  • independent_independent_ Resident Coffee Addict ScotlandPosts: 6,245 Master Poster
    Just wanted to drop back in to say GPs do deal with mental health every single day, if you’ve ever watched a programme called GPs behind closed doors there’s someone talking about mental health on almost every single episode. They will understand and they will be completely unshockable, so please do be honest with them :)
    “Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.”
    Apollolovemimoon
  • ApolloApollo ScotlandPosts: 147 Helping Hand
    Thanks for the support everyone and @coc0mac for the resources, I'll definitely check them out.

    You guys are great <​3
    🎵 I feel so funny these days, I'd rather sleep than stay awake 🎵
    independent_coc0maclovemimoon
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