It actually went okay! Soooo much better than the first GP I saw in 2008 about my mental health issues. Unlike the one I saw in 2008, he didn’t say that my mental health issues were silly, he didn’t tell me off like a small child and tell me that what I was doing to myself is ‘really bad’, he didn’t call my mum in and tell her everything, he didn’t judge me and make me feel like I was crazy and he didn’t threaten me with being hospitalised. Instead of coming out crying like I did last time, I came out smiling.
When I rang up this medical centre I didn’t actually ask for a particular GP, the receptionist just gave me whomever was available. So it was just my luck that I got a GP who is registered under the beyondblue Directory of Medical and Allied Health Practitioners in Mental Health.
When I told him that I wanted to consult him about a GP Mental Health Care Plan, he asked me whether I asked for him because I knew that he does a lot of the Mental Health Care Plans. I said I didn’t, so it was just a lucky coincidence.
I told him about the amount of pills I took on Wednesday night. He rang someone up, I guess an expert on toxicology? And the result is that the amount I took is non toxic.
He asked all the usual stuff about my life and asked about some of the symptoms of depression that I might be experiencing. Information about my previous mental health care and who I had seen previously was also obtained. I had to fill out a K10 test. He then diagnosed me with depression…though I’ve kinda already been diagnosed with depression before. Huh.
Because of the danger with me and my tendencies to OD, he said that he really shouldn’t be letting me work in a pharmacy, though in reality the most dangerous drug out of the ones I took is available over the counter…so he has made me promise not to take another OD for now…
He’s another one who is strongly recommending that I try an SSRI but he is not going to prescribe them to me, because of the risks of suicidality in adolescense when taking an SSRI. So he has referred me to a psychiatrist. A female one this time. He’s written up a referal letter for me to give to the psychiatrist when I see her, and it’s with me now.
I’m meant to make an appointment with the psychiatrist on Tuesday. And the GP wants to see me again on Wednesday to check in with how I’m going. He’s said that if the appointment with the psychiatrist is in one or two weeks, then I can cancel the appointment with him and just go see the psychiatrist. Don’t know how long he things getting referred to a new psychaitrist takes, but in my experience, the last time it took 2 or 3 months from my referal from the GP to having my first apointment. It’s the same with M, a workmate, she also had to wait 2 or 3 months before her first appointment.
So on my to do list:
Tuesday- ring the psychiatrist up to make an appointment
Wednesday- Appointment with the GP again at 9:30am
Fingers crossed that the psychiatrist I will be seeing is nice too.