GP is referring me to Psychiatry, Mum's not happy?

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I went to my GP with symptoms of social anxiety/Generalised Anxiety Disorder, she told me that she will refer me to Psychiatry with my local mental health team, and I have self-referred myself to PRAXIS which is a local counselling service, I said this to my mum but she said to me what was I playing at i.e. Why was I doing this, but I have had problems with anxiety/socialising with people all my life, I also have special needs as well, will she eventually accept it? It's the way I am and I cannot change this.

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    I know it's hard, but you don't actually need your mum to accept what you're doing. Just go ahead and get the help you need, and calmly tell her as much about it as you want to. She may feel threatened because the fact that you have problems might imply that she's not a good mother, but she has to deal with that, not you. No one knows if she will eventually accept it, it would be good if she does, but don't count on it. It's great that you'll have someone to talk to, good luck!
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    You have to do what's best for you, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. There is a stigma against mental health issues even though they are so common. It's good that you're deciding to take that step to recovery!
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    Please get the help you need! Tell your mother you need her support in this, as it is very important to you. What mother would not accept that?! If she does not, you need to go anyway. Please remember, your mind and brain are as much a part of your body, as are your arms and legs. Why there is a stigma against seeking help to fix them, is beyond me. Please take care and keep us updated.
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    I echo the sentiments of the previous replies and you have our support.

    You have made some positive steps in identifying a problem and then seeking help. This is the hardest step for most people to take. I take my hat off to you.

    Your mothers reaction is probably a knee jerk one, as mental health is a difficult subject to talk openly about.

    Hang in there.

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