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Some background: My sister has been having stomach pains for

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Some background: My sister has been having stomach pains for a few months. She did all the health tests and scans and everything came back normal. The doctors started thinking maybe its partially in her head and recommended she visit a psychiatrist.

She visted 3 of them (each once). After visiting the first two, she felt better and said its not for her. The psychiatrists both didn’t feel anything was wrong. She recently visited a third and ruined her. The third mentioned she has some rare disorder. Ever since then my sister has been googling online and feels like shes going crazy. I don’t know what it is but the third psychiatrist must have said something. Ever since then she is 24/7 asking us if shes crazy and draining us out and is beginning to worry us. My mother was with her at the third psychiatrist and the entire time my mother and sister asked for some advice and the psychiatrist said you will need at least 20 sessions before she can give any advice. I don’t know how psychiatrists work but cmon 20 sessions before any help, sounds a little fishy to me.

She cant stop searching online, non stop in bed during the day. She always had a problem, even before with her stomach but now its getting ridiculous. She reads so much into some and questions if she has schizophrenia and others.
Any recommendations?

I am getting desperate, thanks in advance.
Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.

It sounds like the psychiatrist scared your sister with whatever she said. For your sister to react the way she has, whatever was said was not helpful to her at all and might even made her feel worse.

With how your sister is reacting, it sounds like she might have anxiety. She seems to be trying to "control" what happened to her through finding out more information about whatever it was the psychiatrist said. Most people who suffer from anxiety experience feeling out of control and will believe that they are going crazy, when in fact they are far from it.

It does not sound like your sister has Schizophrenia. From what you have described regarding her symptoms, she sounds much closer to anxiety or a related disorder.

It may help your sister if she visits her regular doctor to ask him/her about what she heard. The doctor can reassure her that she is fine. She would also benefit greatly if she could see a Master's level or Ph.D level therapist. There is no need for her to see a psychiatrist for treatment, unless she is taking psychiatric medications. And in that case, she only needs to see the psychiatrist for the medications and not for the treatment. Also, there is no set rule that your sister would have to be seen for 20 sessions before advice could be given to her. Any therapist can evaluate your sister and begin to help her with the first session.

You can also help your sister by reassuring her that is most likely has anxiety. Anxiety will cause most of the symptoms she is experiencing, possibly including the pain in her stomach. Here are some resources you can use to help your sister feel better:

On line links:

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

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

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-anxiety-disorders

Books:

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne

When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program by William J. Knaus EdD and Jon Carlson PsyD EdD

Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear & Worry by Edmund J. Bourne and Lorna Garano

Support groups:

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

http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Anxiety/support-group

You can also encourage her to learn to relax. Here is a guide to relaxation she can practice daily:

http://www.guidetopsychology.com/pmr.htm

I hope this has helped you,
Kate














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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Kate,


 


Thanks for your help. I will see my sister in a few hours and will speak to her then and reply back with any followup question she and I may have.


 


Thanks for the quick answer!

You're very welcome! I hope your sister is feeling better very soon.

If it is alright, would you mind taking a moment to rate my answer. It is the only way I am paid for my work. Thank you so much!

Take care,
Kate



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