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Hi, not entirely sure what is wrong with me and probably never will. I was diagnosed with depression years ago but I am not convinced that the doctor gave it much thought outside of me saying "I feel depressed" asking a couple of basic questions then handing me a prescription.

Does anyone know of a free psychiatrist that I could get an actual diagnosis from? There is not much available that I can find around my general area, and I was put on a waiting list for 2 years 4 years ago.

Many thanks.
 
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hi Silentious

I'm surprised to hear that a psychiatrist in the UK
would not give you a proper diagnosis

why do you think you have something other than depression ?

or is it a particular treatment you want ?

:welcome: to the forum !
 
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I'm really sorry to hear you're feeling so bad. I can't believe the waiting list is that long. So frustrating, maddening. Worried about you in the meantime. I don't know about what is offered for you over there, so I'll be of no help there, but hang on, people will chime in, we're all over the place and be patient. You'll get through this.
 
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hi Silentious

I'm surprised to hear that a psychiatrist in the UK
would not give you a proper diagnosis

why do you think you have something other than depression ?

or is it a particular treatment you want ?

:welcome: to the forum !
Hi Zoe1

I haven't actually seen a psychiatrist. The waiting list is for my GP referring me to see one.

I think I have something other than depression because I read the symptoms of other things and find they fit with how I act or feel most of the time, but without talking through this with a professional, nothing will ever get done.

Right now the only thing my GP will do is prescribe SSRIs, which don't work, so the next option is a different SSRI.

I can't really talk with my GP because there's no guarantee that I will be talking with the same person, if I can even get an appointment, and the sessions are not long.

I don't really know what treatments I can get because the next treatment suggestion will just be another SSRI.
 
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oh I see ... would you be prepared to talk to an advocate ?

I have also had problems getting the help I needed
 
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I'm really sorry to hear you're feeling so bad. I can't believe the waiting list is that long. So frustrating, maddening. Worried about you in the meantime. I don't know about what is offered for you over there, so I'll be of no help there, but hang on, people will chime in, we're all over the place and be patient. You'll get through this.
Thank you. I am open to anything I can find online based in other countries too. I will even take a diagnosis from a penguin psychiatrist if you have the details for one. At least it would be a starting point.
 
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k I have used these people


they have come with me to doctors appointments, psychiatrist appointments
and even reviews when I was in hospital

I don't know where I would be without them

it may be that they do not cover your area
but I'm hoping they will recommend someone who does
or at least give you some advice
 
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k I have used these people


they have come with me to doctors appointments, psychiatrist appointments
and even reviews when I was in hospital

I don't know where I would be without them

it may be that they do not cover your area
but I'm hoping they will recommend someone who does
or at least give you some advice
Thanks, I will look into it
 
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Thank you. I am open to anything I can find online based in other countries too. I will even take a diagnosis from a penguin psychiatrist if you have the details for one. At least it would be a starting point.
It is really easy for me to miss posts on this, feel bad when I do, but I'm so disorganised!!! The suggestion from Zoe1 sounds like the best place to start, I've jotted it down for reference in the future for people in your position in the UK. That sounds like an awesome service to offer, and so desperately needed.
 
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I have emailed a different organisation today as the POhWER doesn't operate in my area. It was closed today so I'm hoping I will get a response tomorrow. Though their website was pretty bad on mobile so it took me a while to get around to it.
 
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I have emailed a different organisation today as the POhWER doesn't operate in my area. It was closed today so I'm hoping I will get a response tomorrow. Though their website was pretty bad on mobile so it took me a while to get around to it.
Good for you. Pushing forward when obstacle arise can be the hardest when feeling like this, so I hope they get back to you v quickly and help you find some relief. Always so many hoops to jump through, it seems, but you're taking the right steps!
 
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well done for shopping around
that is sometimes necessary
keep searching and don't give up
 
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