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suffered from periods of depresson and anxiety for 20 yrs or

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suffered from periods of depresson and anxiety for 20 yrs or so . i think there is more to it . ptsd possibly bi polar but how can i get my gp to refer my to psychiatrist?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.

What happens when you try asking your doctor to refer you?

Kate
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

today she said to take tablets for another two weeks and then see . at a and e 2 weeks ago crisis team man suggested the well being team but i feel this is just going around in the same circles



Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 1 year ago.
It sounds like it might be going in around in circles. Is there a chance you can change doctors? That may help. You don't want to have a doctor that does not pay any attention to your needs. And if you have taken these medications she prescribed for a while and they are not working, try asking for new medications. You should start feeling better within 4 to 8 weeks. If you are not, then you might need different medications. Here is a guide to depression medications that might help:

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/medications_depression.htm

You may also want to try other avenues to get help. While it is not the same as seeing a psychiatrist, there are other ways to feel better. You can try asking to see a therapist who may be able to refer you to a psychiatrist. You may also want to try on line therapy as well. Sometimes just talking can help alleviate your symptoms.

Support and self help are also vital in helping you overcome depression. Consider support groups, either on line or in person. People who are experiencing the same symptoms as you are can offer invaluable support, ideas and companionship to help you feel better. Also, working on your depression at home can supplement your therapy or other treatment. Here are resources to help you get started:

http://psychcentral.com/resources/Depression/Support_Groups/

http://depression.supportgroups.com/

http://www.nami.org/

http://helpguide.org/mental/depression_signs_types_diagnosis_treatment.htm

Once you are able to reach out, you will start to feel better. Let others support you and offer help. You do not have to do this alone.

I hope this has helped you,
Kate










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