by Annie Shkodrova
When you are sent to a psychiatrist for the first time, the most common reaction is insulting and disgusting. You usually go to persuade your relatives and the doctors you have consulted so far that you have not "gone mad" that you really have a problem that you are not a simulant. You do not understand how a psychiatrist can help you, since your problems are not imaginary - they are quite real. Read the immortal Kissie and you do not want to become a participant in a local improvisation of Flight over a Cuckoo's Nest or something of the sort ... You remember how people around you told you to get in your hands and help yourself and desperately start to repeat that you do not have a problem ... You are not so bad that you go to a psychiatrist ... And that's your right. However, there is a moment when it becomes more wise to go to this consultation.
When should you go to a psychiatrist?
When things have gone beyond reasonable control - your behavior is different from before, you are nervous or crying. The people around you notice the change and worry about you.
It is all the more difficult to compensate for the problem and to function in society as before - it is difficult to go to work, travel in public transport, take care of your family.
Some of your actions are inconceivable and create material or moral problems for your relatives.
You have fears or nightmares that you can not, or you do not want to discuss with people around you.
Body problems appear - headaches, shortness of breath, palpitations, high blood pressure, abdominal pain. These bodily problems, despite the intense efforts of fellow somatic doctors, do not find their cause.
As soon as you quietly open the door of the psychiatrist, you are astonished to find that there, in his waiting room, he is not so gloomy nor so scary. And the people who wait with you are neither insane nor ill-dressed. They do not smell bad and do not talk to you for no reason - they stand still and wait - like you.
What people are attending a psychiatrist's office?
Modern and successful people with chronic but well-controlled mental problems
Modern and dynamic people with emerging issues - mostly panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
People with chronic illness and permanently impaired ability to work
People who, for personal or professional reasons, need to be examined and their mental health certified.
What is a Psychiatric Examination?
Psychiatric examination is a conversation about your problems, concerns and fears. Remember that the man against you has more experience with your fears and sadness. However, he has no super abilities - he can only be useful if you are completely frank with him.
Can you be forced to treat yourself?
Under the current legislation in our country, you will be forced to heal only if you act as a threat to yourself or others. In all other cases, the last word is yours.
What next after the examination?
The treatment of a mental problem or illness is a long-term partnership. You and your psychiatrist will make the choice. Your psychiatrist is responsible for reaching the information you need in a comprehensible and sufficiently detailed form. You are responsible for the final decision. But let it be an informed decision. Something you read in a forum or heard from your neighbor does not make you an expert in the field. Listen to your diagnosis. Ask your questions. Consider the answers you received. Ask questions again. While you are ready to make a decision. When you start treatment, prepare for this treatment to be closely monitored by your psychiatrist. In the first months, share any new complaints or discomfort and discuss it with your treating physician. Remember: How well you feel will depend on you!
Is theconsultation with a psychiatrist confidential ?
The information you provide during the consultation is of a confidential nature. It can only be made public by court order. The fact that you visited a psychiatrist does not bring you into any registers and can not be traced back by bad guys.
Visiting a psychiatrist is an investment in yourself. Of course you can spend months and years trying to overcome the discomfort that will gain strength in your moments of weakness. But remember: when the soul suffers, it is only a matter of time for the body to start suffering. Then the struggle will become even more difficult and meaningless. It's amazing how many unnecessary medicines we tend to take at times, just so we do not accept the simple fact that something in our head is not good. Once you have crossed the threshold of the psychiatrist, you may find that this is the only place where they will tell you "this is not just for you!" That you have found a loyal friend and partner who will repeat to you more often than all others, "it is important to feel good!".
The "Openly about Mental Disorders" project is being implemented within the BG 07 Public Health Initiatives under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.