Strange appointment with psychiatrist

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I recently saw a consultant psychiatrist in my mental health team. And I really feel she does not want to see me at all.

I saw her 10 weeks ago for severe depression. I'm not functioning at all. I'm not washing , changing my clothes etc. She asked me to take medication and I said I'd think about it.

Roll on to this appointment I agree to start medication. She told me I should have gone to the GP for meds. I don't understand this I thought this was why I referred to her. Anyway she said she wants me to take Venlafaxine. I agree. She says will you make an appointment with the GP for a prescription. I ask her for the prescription (as I'm already there and I will have wait a while for GP appointment) she didn't seem at all happy by this and said she has to go upstairs to fetch her prescription pad from her office. She made me feel like she didn't want to treat me and I was a nuisance. I even felt guilty for making her upstairs. Is her behaviour/attitude odd. Or is it me?

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    Hi Sarah

    I think this is a terribly attitude to someone who is going through what your going through, why is she even in this job if she seems so uncaring? She’s meant to be a consultant which makes it worse! I would speak to your GP and explain what’s happened and how it’s made you feel and then leave it with your GP to escalate it’s very poor behaviour from a so called professional. 

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    Sarah

    She would prefer your GP to prescribe, this would give your GP a chance to discuss the medication by letter or telephone, It would seem she was following a protocol. 

    Where you in hospital ? 

    When I have treatment in hospital they get the script at their pharmacy, sometimes some of my ointments are supplies in three or four strengths, they can be made up in hospital. The prescription in hospital can be different and sometimes  and they will prefer you go to a chemist. It is also a way your GP will confirm the medication if He has any doubts. He can contact the Specialist and confirm dose etc.

    If She was busy it may have been a trek to get Her Script as well

    BOB

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    I too had a psychiatrist who did not seem to care so I went to different one and she is the best she change my medication and is very caring. You need to go to another psychiatrist if possible.
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    I agree with sherri and angelo. All gps in the uk would prefer u to have your prescription filled out in the first instance by the psychiatrist before they continue to then prescribe the dose yr psychiatrist wants yr starting dose to be and continue in line with his/her advice. Not the other way round. If you went just to yr gp first with depression yes they will be fine prescribing a medication but seeing as u had an appt at a shrinks office u would think they could do theyre job without complaint.

    So yet again another bad experience of someone with mental health problems being treated like a burden.

    Its happened to me over 23 yrs sarah . Yes there are nice drs out there. But even if this dr was overworked etc as WE all are in the nhs..... yes me included. U never show yr patient that .!! Good luck with yr next appt hun. You are not a nuisance. You caught someone on a bad day who shouldn't take it out on you. X

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    Hi Sarah

    ive met more Psychiatrists who behave the way you describe than I have “human” ones. I don’t know if it’s the job that makes them become this way or they choose Psychiatry because they can act this way without recourse -bec dealing with folk who are generally too unwell to have any self worth or at times comprehension of just how appallingly they’re being treated but earthier way it’s  dispicable and all too common. 

    Im Bipolar and Ive become a very “difficult patient” because I refuse to sit in front of a bored Psychiatrist who doesn’t have the foresight to bother reading my notes and expects me to repeat my life story at every consultation- I find them generally objectionable and obnoxious and prefer to manage my symptoms with my GP as much as I possibly can.

    im so sorry you were made to feel this way but wanted you to know you are not alone.

    i hope you feel better soon 💟

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    Hi don’t worry or feel guilty, you’ve done nothing wrong.

    Normally, well in my experience, you have an appointment with the psychiatrist who may, as in your case, suggest medication and explain what medication they suggest, what it’s for, any possible side effects, how it works etc.

    The psychiatrist then writes to your gp, telling him/her what medication to prescribe. The gp may just write the prescription and leave it for you to collect. Or ask a receptionist/clerk to contact you to make an appointment. The gp after your appointment then gives you the prescription. Job done!

    Yes, it’s a bit like doing things twice, and I fully understand your frustration and reaction to the psychiatrist.

    good luck, and I hope the medication helps you

     

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      Your good explanation of the way things are done is my experience too.  Identical.  I do find it takes a day or two for message to get from psychiarrist to gp but thats the way they do it here. Seeems mad when psych could just write it there and then and send gp a note, anyway were stuck with it.
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    Hmm, how helpful she wasn't. That's dreadful and she's meant to be of help you, how? Ask to see someone else tell your doctor what you told us that she's not of use, she's making you feel worse!

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    Thank you all for your comments. I guess everywhere is different but in my past experience (I have seen 3 other consultant psychiatrists) and they all gave me an initial 2 week prescription and then I get more from GP. It was her attitude that bothered me the most. She really didn't want to see me.

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      Ive suffered this many times myself too sarah. Makes me feel worhless. Luckily im not too bad at mo. Hope u find a dr who treats you with the care you deserve next time hun. Im so thankful im strong enough at present to not have to nd them much and to have the most wonderful gp in the profession. She truly is all a dr should be. Im blessed after 23 yrs to have found one like her xxx
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      Thank you Amanda. I am truly sorry to hear you've had such a long time with awful psychiatrists. No one should make us feel worthless. We deserve to be treated with respect. Its good you have a supportive and understanding GP. Keep well x

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