Psychiatrist Visit Update

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First off, I want to thank all of you for your comments on yesterday’s post! I really appreciate all the support from you guys! It definitely makes me feel less alone and even a little bit loved! It can be easy to feel all alone going through all this mental health stuff, and although I do have some support in real life, knowing other people care about what happens to me matters a lot.

So the visit went ok yesterday. I was kind of anxious about it because I was worried the doctor would be upset I quit taking the Abilify because of the side effects, but he didn’t seem to be upset. Surprised maybe, but not upset. He didn’t make any huge changes to my medication regimen, but did prescribe me a daily anxiety med (Buspirone) and upped my antidepressant (Prozac) a little bit. He kept the Seroquel the same for now. I must admit I was hoping for more sweeping changes than that, but maybe it is a good thing that not everything change at once. The Seroquel does help me sleep and although I fear becoming dependent on it, being able to sleep regularly has made a huge difference.

One thing that bugs me though is that this psychiatrist says some of the exact same things the two psychologists I have seen have had to say, things I’m not sure I agree with. Every mental health professional I talk to talks about what a “survivor” I am and how they have no real fear I would ever be a danger to myself, even if my husband did die and I was left all alone. They always talk about how intelligent and strong I am, but I don’t feel that about myself. I feel like a big wimp most of the time and scared of my own shadow. How the heck are they seeing this kick-ass survivor when they look at me, when all I see is a scared little girl? The psychiatrist yesterday went so far to say if they dropped me off alone in the middle of a frozen tundra, I would find a way to survive. A huge exaggeration obviously, and so opposite my own opinion. In that case, I think I would just lay down and give up. And if my husband died, I DO think I would pose a serious threat to my own well-being, but why do they find that so hard to believe?

*Art by Maranda Russell

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12 thoughts on “Psychiatrist Visit Update

  1. I relate to the perception that despite others see strengths, you see vulnerabilities. Even though some say I am a ‘veteran’ of mental illness, I feel not far at all from crisis.

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  2. It’s been frustrating when I’ve had providers say things like that to me as well. I have felt like they don’t really understand maybe the depth of how I feel. I’m sorry if that is how your psychiatrist made you feel.

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  3. Ummm, why do you want them to agree with you. I don’t think they are being kind. They are trained to judge you by your words and actions. Do you want them to tell you that you are a risk to youself? If so, what then? Please don’t read this wrong, I’m not being sarcastic or a smart ass. I’m trying to understand what you want from them.

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    • I get that it is kind of hard to understand, but when I keep telling them how I feel and what I fear I may do in the future and everyone just acts like it isn’t even worth worrying about or isn’t a concern, it bothers me because I feel like I am trying to reach out for help for the suicidal ideations and just keep being told not to worry about them, but they are an obsessive thought I can’t seem to make go away. I want help to fix the problem I am facing (constant suicidal thoughts) but when they don’t seem to get how much of a problem it is for me, it bothers me.

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      • I don’t act on them, nor do I plan to at this point, but the constant presence of them is disturbing in its own right. I honestly think it may have more to do with my OCD than anything else. I have a really, really hard time not obsessing on some things. And the harder I try to NOT obsess, often the worse it seems to get.

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