What should I do? Healthcare not taking me seriously

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Mexis

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I'm fed up with Swedish healthcare. A few years ago I was given a psychiatrist who essentially did nothing but tell me that I'm making up my concerns and I should just get over them. Three weeks ago I was driven to an acute psychiatric hospital in Stockholm after contacting a local healthcare center and was released the same day by a doctor who told me that they would book me an appointment and send me that information. I still haven't received an appointment. Two weeks ago, one of my primary doctors in Gotland told me that they would call me on Monday the following week to book me for a time when I'm supposed to undergo a mental health assessment. It's now been nine full workdays, including that day, and they still haven't called back. I even called them five days ago to remind them to call me, but it hasn't helped. Meanwhile, I've booked an appointment with a doctor at a local healthcare center in Stockholm, which is over a month away. I'm currently in Stockholm because I'm studying.

I feel betrayed by Swedish healthcare. They are essentially turning their backs against me and are still doing so, either because I'm making up my concerns or because my symptoms are not severe enough. I just want a happy, continuous and fulfilling life. I need answers. I need to know the causes for my disabling fatigue, the intrusive thoughts, the emotional numbness, the severe stomach pains, and the frightening nightmares. What should I do? Should I wait until that local healthcare appointment next month or should I do something now?
 
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How does Swedish healthcare know that I'm not severely ill? The only tests they have had me take were three blood sample tests which tested my vitamin levels and reportedly the thyroid glands. The results came back normal. They have not put a serious effort into assessing me, nor helping me.
 
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In America we would go to the nearest hospital and say we want to be hospitalized. And go from there. Hospitalization could get last anywhere from 5 to 10 days. Would you be able to do that... Your symptoms sound hard and you deserve some relief... You have a regular doctor that you can go to as well?
 
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In America we would go to the nearest hospital and say we want to be hospitalized. And go from there. Hospitalization could get last anywhere from 5 to 10 days. Would you be able to do that... Your symptoms sound hard and you deserve some relief... You have a regular doctor that you can go to as well?
I don't know. I don't think so. I have a doctor in Gotland, but it's not like I can book a meeting with him whenever I want.
 
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Honestly Sweden, Australia, the healthcare is all the same it’s so brutal. I found CBT to help me, because talk therapy and drugs didn’t help me at all.
 
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I found a podcast by the anxiety guy which really helped he has a youtube channel I think as well that is CBT based
 
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Mental health conditions can and do cause physical symptoms, most commonly digestive complaints and unexplained pains.
Nightmares can also be a sign of your mind trying to deal with the load of stress building up, bad dreams can also be a sign of ailing mental health.

My country too is not the greatest when it comes to healthcare either, mental healthcare being the worse since they only accept patients who are suicidal whom they later pump up with drugs that have disabling side-effects.
My best advice is to keep in contact with your trusted friends and family so you can get the support you need when you need it, as hard as it sounds consider not going to the doctors unless you really need reassurance and in that case don't give up getting that appointment.
If you do manage to get that appointment don't hold back and mention everything that has been bothering you, the doctor can then suggest tests to rule out anything s/he can identify.

I wish you all the best.
 
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