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Getting a second psychiatrist opinion

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dorset5

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Hello my sister has bi-polar but also has obsessive thoughts. Her current psychiatrist says there is nothing that can help her but this is ruining her life. Can anyone help in how to go about getting a second opinion and would Rethink be able to help with this as I work full time and have limited time.

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Sheila
 
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I'm not sure how you'd go about it, but I definitely agree that you should seek a second opinion!! Was your sister referred to this psychiatrist by a GP? If so, maybe go back to the GP and ask to be referred to someone else, as they were of no use?

Hope it works out for you and that your sister's okay; that must be a massive blow to her self-confidence!!!
 
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It sounds a bit far fetched to say "there is nothing that can help her", almost irresponsible of him. In almost every condition of mental health people seem to learn coping mechanisms, ways to adapt to their condition. This is why peer support is so important, often you can learn a lot from talking to other people who suffer similar afflictions. I'd suggest looking deeper into that, trying to find books or lectures on YouTube first, and then maybe talking on forums such as these.

Then I'd ask, what do you want from a second opinion? If another doctor says, "it's schizoaffective and we can treat it a little", what is more important, the differing diagnosis or that the doctor is holding out hope of treatment? In the end most psychiatrists just prescribe pills. If you really want her to be treated, then you have to start learning yourself about the potential treatments for her condition and how you can access them through the NHS and your GP. And here multiple diagnoses may just muddy the water. At least bipolar has some treatments available for it.

For intrusive thoughts maybe mindfulness and Buddhist metta meditation might help, though thats just a guess, I have no real experience with intrusive thoughts.

Wishing you the best of luck. :hug:
 
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dorset5

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Hi

Thanks very much for your reply. It's just that she is on a lot of medication at the moment and not sure how that is working although on other meds she has been quite debilitated physically so this combination is better for that. In order to review these meds I guess I'd need another opinion and I also saw a tv programme about the Royal Bethlehem hospitWhen I spoke to the psychiatrist about it he said she didn't have an anxiety disorder and that was the diagnosis needed to refer.

However thanks for your suggestions of alternatives as it's a good reminder if I can get her to concentrate long enough. I have tried to use some relaxation tasks in the past and they have had limited success.

Thanks again.
 
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dorset5

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Thank you so much for your support. She went through being sectioned so little choice of psychiatrist as we only have one for our local area (perhaps a bit behind here in Dorset!). It's great to talk to people on here and gives me renewed energy to try to do something.
 
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I think all the rural areas are going to suffer compared to greater London and the big cities. It's just the nature of things. At least as far as psychiatrists go - the clotted cream supply on the other hand allows the most civilised of cream teas, lol.

Glad to see you re-energised Dorset5, there are often ways to help people learn to cope better. Getting her meds reviewed is also a good thing, often psychiatrists are very reluctant to try to reduce dosage when in fact most patients are much better off on low doses of meds.
 
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Glen A Horrigan

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Monash SPO Fail

I took a SPO from Monash and they completely spoiled me with Fake News. Now with low meds I don't feel like Jesus and that's a good thing but they wrote, "You reported that you feel like you're Jesus and you reported that it was a positive thing". You can't trust any rationale after that.
 
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Glen A Horrigan

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Monash SPO Fake News Morbidity

Funniest thing is Monash SPO suggest I take CBT, yet show no interest in repairing their own cognitive blot. I can accept any of the weird stuff I dream up on my own, but it's anti-fact identity fiction such as this, makes me wanna die.
 
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