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HelloMyNameIsFreedom

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Hello,
I was wondering. If I were to go to talk to a psychiatrist about the things that concern me, will they tell anyone else?
I know that it's supposed to be confidential but I fear that they'd report it to a council worker or something.
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I'm no expert but.

I think some information is shared between the services, especially if you seem to be a danger to yourself and/or other people.
 
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Agreed with marlieebee. If they thought you were to put yourself or another person in danger xx
 
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Over time your file what the psychiatrist writes in will get passed too other psychiatrists so it won't be confidential and they do risk assessments which can be used against you in the future.
 
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Hello,

Thanks to all for the advice. I was wondering more if I talk about past experiences that I've had, will they have to report it? The situation was never properly dealt with however there is no longer danger to myself or other people, so that wouldn't give them reasoning to pass it on, yes?
 
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Hello,

Thanks to all for the advice. I was wondering more if I talk about past experiences that I've had, will they have to report it? The situation was never properly dealt with however there is no longer danger to myself or other people, so that wouldn't give them reasoning to pass it on, yes?
I personally think if you speak about your life experiences they wouldn't pass that information on to other people, they are professional and listen enough and care about what your saying non-judgemental like any therapist.
 
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Okay, thank you. That sets my mind at ease. I don't want to hold anything back but I was afraid to speak out. If you can't tell, I'm a little bitty nervous, I've never spoken to a therapist before so I don't know how it all works.
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Is it a psychiatrist, or a therapist that you're seeing? Because that will make a difference.
 
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I believe it's a "Youth Psychiatrist" was the term the school used. They're a new school system or "Mental health link workers". Lots of terms, little information which only makes me worry more.
 
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Hmmmmm....
A psychiatrist does keep a file on someone. Either paper or on a computer system. That can be shared with other people in the team- cpn/social worker etc if need be. Therapists, if they work in the same nhs trust, can also access that stuff- my therapist can see what my psych writes about me, for instance.
Psychs would also have a duty to inform another agency if necessary if they though you were a danger to yourself or others.

A therapist however, generally has to keep what you say confidential UNLESS they think your a danger to yourself or others, or other people might come to harm-I guess if you told them you were being abused at home for example, and you had siblings at home who could be at risk.
Other than that, pretty much whatever you say is confidential. Some therapists take notes, but only they see them. Mine never took any notes. She did write a report on me for the psych at the end of therapy but it was v general and I got a copy of it as well.

A 'link worker' though...... Not sure what category they'd come under. I guess if they are trying to help you with stuff and maybe feed into other services for that, they would have to tell them things, but I would have thought they would at least ask your permission to pass on the info.
 
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