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I need your advice, I have a chance to tell my doctor how ptsd now feels without support and just how scary it is. But where do I start as I have been told I've got ptsd by 1 health professional and panic attacks by rape crisis. I feel really confused. Please help, new doctot very little trust.

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    Hi Sam, 

    First, does your  new doctor know about your history with the rape crisis? I am certain that if he/she understand the psychology behind such trauma he/she would be very supportive, so be open about how it is affecting you, this way your doctor can understand you better and possible refer you to a good EMDR practitioner too - if they know what it is. 

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      Hi melany, my new doctor does know luckily, I just don't see her very frequently that's all, I'm worried she'll think I'm just depressed that's all. Well I'm not daft and after 24 years without help it hurts understanably, I just want a family now, just happiness.

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    Hi Sam, 

    Open up the conversation and make it clear to her that you're not depressed. By the sounds of it you want to live and be happy with your family. Tell her that you need help to truly heal the trauma. Explain to her how it is still affecting you. Ask her about EMDR and if she's heard about it as you have heard it works extremely well. Either way, give her the opportunity to get to know you and support you. I hope this helps. 

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      That's some of the best advice we've ever had. I"ll tell her, wish me luck.

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    Hey Sam smile

    I would just be honest. The more honest you are about how you feel, the more they can do to help smile

     

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      True i will be but won't she just dump me in a psychiatric unit or try to get me to take antidepresants. I want to talk to someone I'm just scared.

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      I highly doubt that would happen, doctors will try to help you not lock you up smile 

      Anti-depressants are not a bad thing. Just like a crutch to help take the edge off whilst you work through your issues smile I'm sure if you said you would prefer some type of counselling the doc will try make that happen.

      Hope your appointment goes well smile

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