Anybody seen a psychiatrist before, if so how was your experience?

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I may be getting transferred to see one soon if I choose to by the current mental health worker I’m seeing, naturally the idea terrifies me and I’m worried that I may be diagnosed with something worse than I have. I’m not the best at expressing my thoughts at feelings to other people, I’m forever trying to look good in front of people. Trying to make the best impression, trying to not be judged.

How’d it go for anybody who’s seen one? It’s making me so anxious and wound up thinking about it.

Category: Tags: asked December 13, 2013

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I will be very up front with you. Two years ago I was going to take my life. I was very close and last minute decided to call suicide hotline. They hooked me up with a psychiatrist. Trust me I was also very nervous. Long story short she saved my life and it was the best thing i have done thus far in my life. It is so nice to be able to spill your guts to someone and not be judged, but helped. I wish you the best of luck and I know it will all turn out for the best.
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In my experience, not good. I took and overdose and two days later a psychiatrist came into the ward, didn't introduce himself, started asking me about my problems in front of everyone (breach of confidentiality??), then went out into the corridor, started discussing my "personality disorder" out loud in front of the rest of the staff and patients, appeared to be laughing at my dad, then when I went out and started shouting at both of them, he just went red and left. So yeah, not great. Also, don't take an overdose, ever.
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I'm starting to see how unwell I am just by re-reading my post.. huh..
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We all have our demons, there's no shame in it. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you.
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ive been to one. my experience was pretty good. i got a youngish guy so i was a little more relaxed. At first he didnt even ask me any questions we just talked like we were friends in order to make me a little more comfortable. when he started asking questions he asked them politely and made sure i was okay every step of the way. ive heard that with psychiatrists that you have like a 50% chance of getting a really good one or a really bad one like whiney frog.
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My first time going I was pretty scared. I was worried I'd say something wrong or bad. The first lady I saw was extremely rude. I didn't feel comfortable with the second person I saw either. But the lady I'm with now is really kind and she made a few jokes to make me feel more comfortable. After a few times seeing her it got easier to talk and tell her about how I was feeling. My experience was still a good one, though I was actually diagnosed with something worse than what I was expecting. The lady I'm with is really helping me.
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My experience was good. I'm not good at talking to strangers about my feelings either, but my therapist is great and she lead me to trust her. She told me that she didn't expect me to tell her about personal stuff on the first sessions and that it would take time for my to get used to it. She asked me about school, my family, my favorite things to do, ans I slowly came to trust her. But if you don't feel comfortable at all with him, then there's no use forcing an interaction. The experience is different for everyone. But be positive! I'm sure everything is going to be fine in the end.
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it was fine he just annoyed me his voice was nasal-ey and all he did was stare at his clipboard writing as he said "mmm okay"
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My experience has been good. I also have a problem with expressing my feelings. but my psychiatrist has been really good at identifying my feelings and putting them into words for me. He has really helped me work through my problems and helped me find solutions for them. And don't be afraid of being diagnosed with something worse, if you are their entire job is to then help you with whatever is causing you problems.
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I have personally had negative experiences with them. I have struggled with PTSD, Anxiety & Depression. They honestly made my resurface my deeply buried issues but did not know how to help me move forward and get past them. They are good to vent to; however I don't need to pay for that you can do that here for free. I have sought other avenues of therapy and have not had a single issue in years. I found someone that can not only make everything resurface but also rid my body from all pent up nonsense from my crazy life physically & emotionally. I thank her for that and consider her like a MOTHER!PS: Please feel free to PM me if you need more info