Posted by deniseuk on March 21, 2006, at 10:56:17
In reply to Re: Help guys, seeing my useless GP tomorrow- » deniseuk, posted by Meri-Tuuli on March 21, 2006, at 7:19:20
How would your Doctor know whether antidepressants were appropriate or not for you?
Unfortunately private psychiatrists charge about £100 per hour (staggering isn't it, considering what they actually do in that time).
I myself when going back on the NHS was referred to an NHS Psychiatrist and as I hadn't heard anything I rang the Mental Health Center and found out who I'd been referred to, they told me that my case had been sent back to a Community mental health practitioner, I was really annoyed because a) nobody had bothered to tell me and b) I didn't want to see a mental health practitioner as I wanted to try a new drug and only a psychiatrist can prescribe them, I already know I'm depressed after all, I didn't need another assessment.
Having said that like the other poster said it will probably be good for you to see a community mental health practitioner because they will be able to fight your corner for you and may be able to get more info for you.
One more thing, if you do arrange to see any psychiatrists, what I have done now through seeing quite a few of them and going through the same old questions, is to type up a standard letter with all my med history, family history, parents divorce, my mums type of pregnancy, my symptoms etc, get the psychiatrist's secretary's email and then send them all my details asking them to pass the info onto the psychiatrist.
This gives the psychiatrist a chance to familiarise themselves with your history before you see them.
I hope you find a good psychiatrist, let me know if you do :-)