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spacehopper


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Posted Mon Apr 2nd, 2007 12:32am Post subject: What should I do ?
After watching "The Secret Life Of A Manic Depressive" I'm pretty sure that I'm Bi-polar. I would go and see my doctor but a friend went with flu, and he prescribed her medication for depression. What would he do with actual depression?

Too much of what I saw rang true. About 90% of what was said in fact. So if you have these feelings, but think your GP is a tit, what should you do ?

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Anonymous


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Posted Mon Apr 2nd, 2007 1:19am Post subject: What should I do ?
Maybe she did have depression!

After all people don't go to the GP with flu normally. Perhaps that was the GP's first clue.

On the other hand maybe she did just have flu and the doctor is a 'tit'.

How will you know unless you go?

What would be the worse thing about him/her giving you a different opinion from the one you have when you go to see her?

At least 50% of what was said in the programme can apply to other conditions:
compulsive spending, risk-taking behaviour, depression, psychosis, addictions, 'excessive or inappropriate' overt sexual behaviour, isolation, suicide ideation, deliberate self harm, obsessive or compulsive behaviour, flashbacks, underdeveloped emotional intelligence, flawed personal relationships, fear, anxiety and sadness are all associated with some personality disorders, half of these things are associated with schizophrenia, and quite a few with plain old anxiety disorder.


Maybe you should go to see the GP, just to rule a few things out!

Best wishes

Chris - neither Haddock nor Cod.

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spacehopper


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Posted Mon Apr 2nd, 2007 1:28am Post subject: What should I do ?
Thanks for taking the time to reply.

I suppose the real problem is me. No matter what my GP tells me, I wont respect his opinion.

So the answer must be to get a new doctor. And see what they have to say.

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trouser material


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Posted Mon Apr 2nd, 2007 7:50am Post subject: What should I do ?
If you get a new doctor make sure nobody you know has ever seen him, as they will almost certainly have a gripe about him/her, which will in turn cloud your opinion and smear the trust you would have in him/her.

Moral of this story - everybody's GP is shite, they have so many people and such a massive range of symptoms to cover they aren't really gonna give a shite about anyone.

Just see your GP.

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panda


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Posted Mon Apr 2nd, 2007 11:57am Post subject: What should I do ?
i agree with trouser...

i also say, i haven't found gps to be helpful when it comes to mental health. certainly not i london when they are just too busy, and mh is too specialised. a lot of what my gps over the years have given me has been really dangerous, and often made me worse unfortunately. personally i see gps as a way of getting to the more specialised service. not that this has got me very far either. i've had more luck with alternative therapies, but that's just me.

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Fourth Feline


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Posted Mon Apr 2nd, 2007 1:05pm Post subject: What should I do ?
Hello spacehopper,

Go to the G.P. anyway, as they can refer you for a proper assessment by the Consultant Psychiatrist allocated to your postcode/area. After this initial and thorough assessment has been carried out, the Psychiatrist then will write back with the outcome and instructions to your G.P.

G.Ps are (as the title suggests) usually a general conduit to more specialist facilities/people.

All the best ,

Derek.

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RighthoJeeves


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Posted Sat Apr 28th, 2007 4:25pm Post subject: What should I do ?
I agree with going to the G.P. If you still have depression symptoms depression looks like the correct verdict. However dont be afraid to talk to more than more doctor about it. If you have experienced the flip side, the manic side also, Then your original diagnois was correct. I know there are either questionares on the internet or even in the doctors office where you can tick off what things you feel or think which relate to manic depression. If more ticks go to depressed and less to manic also then you know you are depressed. Tell your doctor or doctors how you have been feeling, how you have been sleeping (Alot? Not alot?) etc. Then you will really know. I knew I was manic depressive because at 16 I had a manic attack/mental breakdown. I had been qute depressed before, leading up to it. I wouldnt want you to have to have one to really know but thats how I did. I have had one major attack since in 2005.( Interestingly enough both in UK, I am American) Have dealt with the ups and downs of manic depression though for years.

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