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Hi there,

Just spoken to my dr and she has said there is nothing more she can do as we have already tried minor and major tranquilisers.

However, I have finally got my appt with shrink through! It is next thurs so not to long to wait! How long is an initial appt and what can I expect?

My problem is the appt for shrink is at 10:30am and I already have a sodding back to work focus interview thingy at 12:30 that day 30 miles away!!!! Will they (job centre) accept shrink appt as the most important and let me reschrdule it. The thing is if I just miss it they may stop my benefits but I have been waiting bloody months to get seen by a psychiatrist. Is it worth ringing job centre and telling them I have appt 30 miles away 2 hrs before and ask if I can reschedule? I will have a letter for proof.

Obvioulsy I need my benefits to live esp. as I have a little girl but I feel like I need my sanity more!!!!!!!
 
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Just rearranged my interview! No problem!!!
 
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Good job on getting the job center re-scheduled!
An initial appointment tends to be anything from 1 to 1 1/2 hours long. Generally as long as it takes until the (I'm assuming you were referred to a psychiatrist, and not a psychologist) psychiatrist feels s/he's gotten everything s/he needs to from you. Of course, that goes both ways - if you don't open up, or only semi-open up, then the appointment can be much faster (my quickest first appointment was 5 minutes - with me pretending I was fine in a psych exam so I could get out of hospital -, longest was 1 hour 45).

As for what to expect, it depends on the pdoc; some are very good at getting people to open up, others just sit there and wait for you to start talking. Primarily though, expect lots of left-field questions that you wouldn't normally expect to be asked in that context, and possibly personality tests if they feel it'll be helpful. You're in the driving seat in the session though, that's the most important thing to remember.

Best of luck :)
 
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Thanks for that. Know im being dumb but what do you mean by left field questions?

I assume I'm seeing a psychiatrist. My dr said something about it I think. Whats a psychologist then? How are they different. I know my dr has put a note on my file about a mood stabiliser if that makes a differance?
 
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Well, you'll say something that you think is a completely straight forward, and they'll ask you something that indirectly questions what you just said and builds on it.

"I live on my own in a little town in the countryside."
"Where does your mom live?"
...
'Uh... in hong kong...'
"How are you liking the countryside?"
It's just sometimes disjointed and odd. I don't know if it's some method to detect lying or whatever, but, don't let it stress you out too much.

The difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist is fairly simple; psychiatrists can prescribe drugs, and are qualified medical doctors. Psychologists are trained in psychotherapy and counselling, and tend to be specialists in that, with PHds and suchlike, and are less likely to be medical doctors. Hence no prescribing.
 
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Thanks for that! I hope he doesn't try to confuse me too much!!!!!!

I guess it will be a psychiatrist I see then. Do I have to sit down? I find it hard to sit still at the moment!
 
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Hiya Mickey,

PurpleAmy has given some good advice.

When you say you can't sit still, don't worry about it, just be you. I once saw a Psychiatrist and was pacing their room, they will tell you to sit down, but you can only do what you can. Just be yourself - You will be ok.

Hopefully they'll get a mood stabiliser sorted out for you, this should help you a great deal, providing it's the one for you. It will slow down your thinking and give you some calm and peace that you need.

Good luck :flowers:xx
 
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