Referred to psychiatrist by GP

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Hi, i have severe depression with anxiety, my doctor referred me to a psychiatrist, however I don't want to see the psychiatrists, I don't feel they are helping me in any way. I'd rather go back to my own GP as I feel more

comfortable with my doctor.

My question is can the psychiatrists and their doctors force me to keep seeing them?

I don't feel they listen to me or seeing them is benefitting me in any way.

I want to carry on with the medication but I just don't want to have to see them. I want to go back to my own doctor.

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    Having to see them is really stressing me out, I am already low as it is and then this is adding to my depression, I just dont want to have to deal with the psychiatrists or their doctor and right now I feel like I'm being forced to see them
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      Hi Sarah I felt exactly the same I've had nurses coming on daily I get all agitated till they've been but I just hung in there and after a few weeks I'm feeling much better just give it a go it took Me years to talk to someone but when I started having suicidal thoughts I knew it was time

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    Hi

     you can t be forced to do anything you don't want to do.  I had a psychiatrist and nurse who were useless.  I asked the GP for a second opinion and got the psychiatrist changed.  I'm not happy with this one as the problem is the nurse who doesn't pass on any messages with changes in tablets where I sweat profusely and am really breathless and don't sleep.  I'm now having problems walki g.  I see the GP on Tuesday and am making a formal complaint about the lack of care and no feed-back.  The GP is good but a 10 minute appointment is not enough and the psychiatry help is a joke.  So you can complain and have to persevere.

    best wishes

     Nessiep

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      They are completely useless! They assume they know everything, for example, the nurse keeps telling me I shouldn't be depressed I have a lot to be thankful for, but the truth is I just haven't told her my problems! I don't feel I need to tell her.

      At first my own gp thought I had mild symptoms of psychotic which is why he referred me in the first place, but then when I was assessed by the psychiatrists doctors they told me I'm not psychotic, just depression with anxiety, but they want me to continue with the medication they gave me for the psychotic problem. I told a nurse, psychiatrists and one of their doctors that i do not want to keep taking that medication but they just won't listen to me, they keep telling me it helps with anxiety also. They don't listen about changes in medication and it's so frustrating.

      So you should make a complaint too. It's disgusting that the nurse isn't passing on your messages.

      ten mins appointment with the Gp is not enough, but i'd rather that then have to see the psychiatrists and their doctors, their useless.

      I just thought because my own doctor referred me although I wasn't happy about this, I thought I might get forced to carry on seeing them.

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      I doubt any good will come seeing psychiatrists but you might to see a lady counsellor. It's a lot less formal a few laughs and warm fuzzies and hugs are what I get from my lady counsellor.Best wishes
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      Sarah you need to open up to the nurses and tell them everything about the way you are feeling or they won't be able to help you.I know how you feel I've had them last three weeks at first I thought they were talking crap but I'm now starting to feel difference

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    Hi you don't need to see the psychiatrist if you don't want too.  You doof course still with your own doctor but bear in mind they don't have the time to counsel you nor the expertise.   x

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      thank you, I was referred without actually giving consent to my own GP, he felt it would benefit me to see them, so I assumed I may be forced to keep seeing them.

      But I just want to go back and see my own GP about my depression and anxiety, seeing the psychiatrist doctors and the psychiatrist is just putting a lot of pressure and stress on me

      x

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    I agree you have a choice whether or not you accept teatment or not and I would agree whilst some medical professionals are not particularly good others are excellent.

    I am supporting a lady with severe D she is under all sorts of psychaitric professionals and anything they suggest is quickly dismissed as it won't work, I know it's not easy to get those postivie thoughts as I've been there myself and it takes time and persevrance, the question is do you want to carry on the way you are or are you motivated and wanting to get better?

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    My situation is the opposite of yours in a way. Been on and of ssri for over 10 years. Recently After starting sertraline my gp asked if I would like to be referred. I said no but after having really bad side effects to the sert. I went back and asked my gp to be referred to a psychiatrist.

    I am now awaiting an appointment although this could take another 4 weeks or so.

    I'm slightly concerned after reading your post if I have done the right thing.

    I was hoping that they might be able to help me more than just constantly taking ssri to live a semi normal life .

    Any comments good or bad about seeing a psychiatrist would be appreciated.

    Thx Rich

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      Hi rich98378. I've been seeing a psychiatrist and case manager every week since Christmas now and am starting to feel trapped. That said.. I haven't yet had the conversation about stopping the sessions. I feel swamped and like everyone wants a piece of me all the time. I don't feel like this is helping my conditions, which are depression, psychosis and anxiety. With the talking therapies and various meds.. I've yet to find any improvement.

      I'm currently off all antipsychotics, antidepressants and benzos.. Because I felt like I'd had a pharmaceutical lobotomy. I've explained this and they are trying to force me back into taking them. This is why I now feel the need to leave their services

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    I've seen a few over the years and was all basically s*** lol they just told me what I already knew also meds never worked with me either but I've found my own ways of dealing with my anxiety that seem to work quite well without meds or doctors so there is light at the end of the tunnel
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    Ive just been referred to a phychiatrist. I suffer from PTSD & severe anxiety. I don't care who I see, if there's a chance I can get some respite from that hell! Why would you deny help? If it's no good, then can't you tell them that? I've never seen a phychiatrist before, but I certainly won't just dismiss that support! Do you want to get better? 

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