This whole post is embarrassing in many layers.
Basically, I'm a 25F and I am partially (honestly, mostly) incontinent. I have to wear diapers to bed at night, and I have to wear them to work (I'm a nurse). During the day I can KINDA control it, it's just like an extremely painful urgency and there is always some trickle. We are supposed to wear solid white scrubs at my facility (idk who thought that was a good idea) but I can't hide my diapers under them. Luckily management doesn't give a shit and I wear colored scrubs anyway.
Well, state was in the building the other day and my bosses demanded I wear my proper uniform. Oh fuck, how am I going to get out of this one? So I decided it was time for regular underwear. I was terrified.
Surprisingly, work goes fine and I don't piss myself. I work the night shift and had an appointment immediately with my psychiatrist afterwards. So I get there and I have to pee, but it's not urgent. He calls me back and I sit on his couch and we talk fo... keep reading on reddit ➡
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So bit of a story I’m 22 I’ve never been to therapy or anything like that and I’ve known for a while that I probably should have a long time ago. A little over a week ago my mom and a close family friend sat me down and asked if I was open to trying to get some professional help to which I said yes. So my mom asked if she could come back the next day to decide on a plan of action and it was all very supportive up to this point.
When she came back the next day she asked if I minded if she went outside to make some phone calls to again “explore our options”. When she returned she told me that some people from an organization called COPE are coming in about an hour and if I had a problem with it I had 15 minutes to decide if I wanted her to call them off. Now I have some pretty bad social anxiety so the idea of two strangers coming to my house to ask me very personal questions didn’t sit very well. Yet when I told her this she argued with me about how “what I was doing hasn’t been worki... keep reading on reddit ➡
I mean I don't really understand how sleep, or rather getting to sleep cause actually being asleep is great, is a thing people just do regularly all the time.
I know I'll feel better if I sleep on time. I know it's in my best interest. I know that making a habit of going to bed at the same time every day is best.
But God, it's so boring. You're just not doing anything. I bought am expensive ass best recently. It's amazing. Get a Purple mattress, it's life changing sleep technology. No back pain anymore and it's so comfy.
But like, I don't want to get in bed. I don't want to close my eyes and do NOTHING for like at least 5-30+ minutes. It's not interesting. It's almost painful. Why.
Anyway, I wanted to post this like a month ago when it happened and procrastinated til now.
Edit: well this blew up beyond anything I was expecting, nice to know a lot of other people have the same issues. thanks for the gold stranger!
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If you think you already know where this is going, you’d better brace yourself because it’s worse.
After over 30 years as a forensic psychiatrist, I’m retiring, and started writing a book about my stories; I even made some interviews with families of former patients to see how things went in the long run.
Back in the day, I was the only woman with a crime-related job in the county, and of course the police threw me the worst possible cases, so they could use my gender to justify when I failed.
The most normal patients I had were people who lost it and tried to murder their family because they were pretty sure that their target was a. a doppelganger b. a commie or c. a commie doppelganger.
But still, among all this oddity, Patient #1917 – hereby named Rebecca – is a story that still intrigues and fascinates me.
Rebecca was 36 years-old when I met her – we were about the same age, which I think was a factor that helped us connect. She had been arrested after stabbing her twin sist... keep reading on reddit ➡
I ended up leaving in tears.
So, a little backstory, skip if you like: I’ve always had ADHD symptoms, but I never actually considered that I might have it (I’d literally google articles like “how to study if you have ADHD” and find them surprisingly useful but thought it was a weird coincidence). I’m 20 and dropped out after 1 year of university last year. A GP doctor listened to me rant about some of my symptoms recently and suggested seeing an ADHD specialist. I googled ADHD symptoms and wow... It matched perfectly! I always thought it was normal to live like this, not being able to start or focus on tasks, even enjoyable ones (like playing a video game or watching a movie) and I was just bad at, well, life, so finding out that perhaps it’s not just me being bad at stuff was a bit relieving. So I booked an appointment with “one of the best psychiatrists in the country”.
I went to my appointment and got asked what the problem is. I said a GP had told me I should see a psychiatrist b... keep reading on reddit ➡
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He told me he has 37 years of experience and I must know more than him. I told him I feel like an 80 yo and he asked me how I know what 80 felt like. Just a complete lack of professionalism on his part. I’ve been with him for over a decade and paid him thousands in co pays.
Location: Wi Girlfriend is seeing a psychiatrist, she was put a new medication three months ago that apparently nullifies her BC. She was not informed and may now be pregnant. If she is pregnant, can we sue? She is not ready for a kid right now and this is causing her immense stress.
Thank you all for your advice and knowledge. When I wrote this I was a bit emotional, as a child right now would completely change my life plans. My gf was extremely upset as she wouldn't want to abort, didn't think she would be able to give up the baby for adoption, and isn't really ready for a child. I understand the blame lays on us and I have no intention of seeking a lawsuit.
For those curious, her pregnancy test came back negative and she thinks she missed her period due to high stress. Thank you all again!
We are both recovering alcoholics. She is bipolar as well. My fiance and I had agreed that in the event of a reemurgence of her symptoms that I was to contact her therapy team.
This at least the fourth time in the last 1.5 years that she has used up her prescription early. Each time she does it, she takes from my prescription for adhd meds, which I do not abuse. This is the second time I've reached out to her therapist and psychiatrist to inform them of her situation.
This time she is saying that it was inapropriate for me to do that and that seems to be insinuating that I am trying to control her.
I have been through so much both in my own addiction and recovery, and now with my fiance's struggles. It's impossible for me not to empathise. I know how this disease works. I'm extremely angry at her for stealing my meds, but I've done the same to people that I love. She keeps lying to me about her use, but I've done the same when I was caught. I remember blaming others, thinking... keep reading on reddit ➡
I've been seeing the same psychiatrist every month for over 9 years so that's around give or take 100 sessions because I've cancelled a few due to being sick. The sessions are usually the same, how is your sleep, any side effects from the medication, that sort of thing. I went in feeling the same way I usually do. Here we go again, telling this guy the same thing I tell him every month to get my script.
But in the middle of this session, I'm in the middle of explaining how things are going overall and I just bust out into tears, like a howling, weeping, ugly cry. I'm a man in my 30's and my psychiatrist isn't my therapist but even with former therapists, I've not cried once. In fact, it's unusual for me to cry, my anti-depressants make it hard to just have a good cry.
Something subconsciously struck me, and I guess it's the fact that I'm getting older but I feel like I haven't accomplished much and the winter months are brutal. He looked at me oddly because it was unusual for me, and... keep reading on reddit ➡
I just got home. My appointment was at 9:50 and I think it was maybe 20-30 minutes long. I was able to meet with her privately without my dad. I haven't seen her since September so she asked me a lot of questions. I was cold to her because last fall she would not take me off the injection and a doctor that filled in for her while she was on maternity leave did. I made sure to tell her that the horrible side effects like my breasts leaking milk (tmi sorry), my weight gain of 60+ pounds (I am usually 120), and my tom resuming (hadn't had it since last spring, thought I was dying) had all ceased. She asked me about my life and I told her I felt like my parents were cutting me off from freedom. I told her that this time last year, when I got hospitalized, I had just been published at a big newspaper. I was at home in my apartment minding my own business and I did not live with my parents. I told her how my parents drove up to my place and called the police, just like the year previously. W... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have terrible grammar but I will try to express this the best I can.
I have always had a difficult time in school, it's like I lack the ability to study. I can read the same paragraph 3-4 times and still have no clue what I just read. In the late 2000s (and my late 30s), I finally got fed up and spoke to my doctor for advise. He referred me to a psychiatrist and when I sat with her, I explained how much I want to go back to school to better myself but lack the tools to learn. I told her I contacted a learning center but just the consultation would cost me nearly $1000, I could never imagine having that kind of money. After explaining all of this to the psychiatrist, she told me I should just accept the person I am and that (and I quote) "higher learning is not for everyone" and to stop wasting time or money as this is all I will ever be.
I felt so heart broken and lost and here we are, 12-13 years later, I am still holding on to this. I completely gave up believing what paren... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hello, first time here. First, an small context.
I have depression, have tried everything you can think of (from weak meds to treatments like electroconvulsivetherapy). Nothing really worked, and my current doctor wants to try regulating stuff like magnesium,vitD,cortisol and TESTOSTERONE.
My testosterone sways between 350-650 and according to her it's too low for my age (25 y/o).
She gave me a receipt for the gel and said it was 1 pump a day and showd me how to use it. The thing is, the Gel bottle Says:
"Testosterone Bioidentic 30mg (transdermic gel)"
"Posology: Apply 1 pump on hairless skin at night before sleep"
Bottle contains 30g.
Does this means that each pump contains 30mg of testosterone or does it means that the whole 30 grams inside the bottle contains 30mg of testosterone total?
I have no idea what is consindered low/medium/high amout, so I would like an opinion of what I'm getting into here. Is this a low amount? What am I supposed to expect? How long doe... keep reading on reddit ➡
This has come up frequently in r/Japan and r/Tokyo over the years, but I'm posting again because of a recent occurrence that happened to my friend. For background, I suggest you Google "Douglas Berger Reddit" to check out past posts about the awful experiences people have had with him. In a nutshell - so many people have spoken about how they've had really bad experiences that he ended up suing a group of redditors in an attempt to uncover their identities and they had to get a lawyer to help deal with the lawsuit, which other redditors gladly helped with the cost for. He eventually dropped the frivolous SLAPP suit. (https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180119/10001339041/psychiatrist-bitterly-drops-defamation-lawsuit-against-redditors.shtml)
**This time I'm posting because a friend of mine, who was never a patient of his, once made a single comment (on a private post nonetheless) about how he made her physically uncomfortable during a one on one interaction. She had extremely limite... keep reading on reddit ➡
No, I'm Dutch so I'm screwed. I can't switch to another psychiatrist. It's a long story that gives too much private info but just take it from me that I'm stuck with this one.
Additionally she doesn't believe in DSM-5 because "that is an American system meant to compartmentalise people so that the insurance industry there can know what kind of money is related to it" or something like that. It's hard to translate what she exactly said into English.
She is the one that told me she wants to see how I behave without antidepressants and put me on a decrease of venlafaxine from my regular 75mg to 35mg over ten days and then nothing for two weeks. She says that this will help her see what kind of depression I have so she can better understand which kind of antidepressant would work for me. But she said, and I'm for real here, that I probably don't need an antidepressant because "from what I have seen in this session you don't seem to need it" referring probably to my problems being related... keep reading on reddit ➡
I am a 23 year old female and feel like I’m not getting anywhere with my medical care. Essentially, my psychiatrist is convinced that I have a real neurological problem going in but my neurologist says I just have too much anxiety. Anyone ever stuck in a gridlock like this? What am I supposed to do?
Just needed to rant about this because it was such a horrible experience. Yesterday, I drove an hour to see a psychiatrist I had been waiting 3 months to see. Every other psych around me has a 4-5 months waiting list. When I made the appointment I let the secretary know I was looking for a psychiatrist to help me taper off long term benzo use (10 years) and my dosage so the doctor already had this information. When I got into his office he proceeded to tear me down for an hour, telling me I’m an addict, I don’t have my priorities straight because I wanted to do a slow taper instead of medical detox, I’m obviously a “pro” at finding Xanax on the street so why should he trust me”, telling me I obviously didn’t do my research about rehab and detox when he didn’t even know what the Ashton Manual was. While I do understand from his perspective that I am not to be trusted as I have been buying off the street (not always, I have been prescribed multiple times) and I am on a high dose (4mg a d... keep reading on reddit ➡
I dont know if this is the right subreddit for posting this or not. I have heard a few things about Nofap before but never really gave it a tought.
I am a 22 year old university student, this is going to be my last semester and I feel that I have wasted my entire life. I love my career but my grades are shit, I will graduate but they are shit. I very rarely study, I have probably studied less than 50 hours in all my university years. As soon as I get home I stop caring about anything. I just distract myself with porn, videogames, anime, random youtube videos and movies. I feel like I have betrayed my parents, family, friends and myself for being so stupid, careless and selfish.
The reason why I feel like I have wasted my entire life is because I perceive myself as someone incredibly stupid, ignorant and incapable. I have very little friends, have never had a SO and can probably disappear without being noticed(not joking). At least I try to stay fit and clean. I dont really hate mysel... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hey guys! Hope ya'll doing well :)
I'm looking to move to Manitoba sometime in the near future. Any cities you can recommend me that are considered to be the best cities to work as a psychiatrist in the province of Manitoba? Also, is the job market for psychology professionals great there? I've heard that psychiatry jobs is in an all-time high demand pretty much anywhere in Canada.
I want to be a part of your beautiful country as well as the Canadian community in general as soon as possible. Would love to hear from you guys about this!
He was like “people don’t usually get depression from that” and “you’re not like your peers, you need to chill” , “most of your peers do weed”. He then proceeded to call my parents and tell them everything because he said it looked suspicious. On top of that he charged so much money that I could spend in shopping 😂
I only see my psychiatrist once every three months, and every time I see her it feels like she has no idea who I am. Which isn't a huge deal, my antidepressant hasn't needed to change in a long time, so it's just a 10-minute appointment for her to renew my prescription. I recently started growing my hair out after a couple years of keeping it shaved, and she looked at me and said "Oh, did you cut your hair?" I explained that no, it had been shaved for a while, and I was growing back out. So she asked what made me decide to do that. I wasn't planning on bringing up my transition with her, but I also didn't feel like I needed to hide it. So I said "Well, I realized last year that I'm transgender, and I really want 2020 to be about embracing that, so I decided that I wanted to grow it back out."
She seemed kind of confused by that, but made some "ah, I see" sort of noises. Then after a few seconds of silence she hesitantly said "...so, are you...going to...trans?...into a woman?" while w... keep reading on reddit ➡
This is actually great advice, but there's one small problem. I'm the least desirable person on this entire planet.
I have no real friends and my family hates me because they know I don't care about anything or anyone. Whenever I walk around in public, people give me the dirty look, assuming that I'm on drugs. I have people screaming at me , swearing at me or insulting me at EVERY workplace I set foot into, because I don't like social interaction and I look like the guy who doesn't want to be at work (which is a fair judgement).
Dating isn't just about looks: people like people who care about life, and who's going to care about them, and I don't care about anything or anyone.
So yeah, I'm a loser.
Just needed to vent.
I have called or left messages or emailed 200+ therapists or psychiatrists at this point and can’t find a single one who is taking new patients, let alone that answer the phone or my messages.
I’ve called my insurance for help and they just give me the same phone numbers and I think the issue is their website isn’t up to date as far as who is accepting new patients.
I have really bad anxiety and depression and don’t know where to go or what to do at this point. I’m feeling very trapped and disappointed - I have to sneak away at work to make these calls only to not find anyone. My husband said it would be best to take a paid short term disability but for my employer to keep paying me (and obviously to get better) I need a therapist or doctor during that period.
Has anyone experienced this and how did you manage to find someone? Thanks in advance!
EDIT: you guys!!! I think I found the answer! ZocDoc has online appointment booking :) Hopefully the results it’s showing me are actuall... keep reading on reddit ➡
I’m sorry if this winds up being long, but it’s a lot to get off my chest.
I’m 31 years old. I’ve never been formally diagnosed with ADHD but I’ve suspected it for my whole life and it’s finally unmanageable to a point where I need help. My health insurance just kicked in and I’m taking steps to see a psychiatrist soon.
The problem is, I’m knee-deep in shame and stigma and I’m scared as hell.
I’ve always struggled with this. In school I would get in trouble constantly, tasks took me longer than they should, i couldn’t stay organized or on top of anything. I almost failed out of high school. My teachers wanted to have me tested but my dad (a teacher himself) said no because he was afraid I’d have a mark or something follow me if I got “classified.”
Even though I was an awful student, I’m smart and adaptive. I would never do homework or pay attention, but I could absorb enough and figure out a way to pass anyway, even if only barely.
This worked all the way up through law school... keep reading on reddit ➡
He told me that I don’t have a psychiatrist.
My sister is suffering from depression and is currently seeing a psychiatrist, or should I say has decided to stop seeing him and stop taking medication all together. Our experience with the psychiatrist is that he tends to be rather impatient and doesn’t seem empathetic. I could go into details but I guess that’s for another post.
Does anyone have a good experience with their psychiatrist? Can you please share their contact? I guess this will benefit others who are looking for a psychiatrist as well.
Thank you in advance 🙏🏻.
Edit: Just wanna say, I received many responses both through dm and comments below. Really surprised by the amount of support from the community. Thanks to everyone who was so generous with their advice and recommendation. Wanna take this chance to say that I hope things will turn out well for everyone fighting their own battles 👍🏻💪🏻
My psychiatrist told me "I need to stop reliving this" and did not want to prescribe me anything to help with PTSD symptoms. Wow thanks I'm cured.
This healthcare system in the USA is absolute bullshit. How the fuck am I supposed to get my meds? Goddamn it I am furious. Fuck this shithole dumpster fire of a country. Fuck everything. I just want to fucking cry but I'm stuck here at fucking work. FUCK this is so overwhelming
Hey guys, I have my first appointment with a psychiatrist since being diagnosed. I have no idea what to expect and I’m pretty anxious about it. I was told they would more than likely prescribe mood stabilizers but I’ve also been told being on the wrong medication could make me worse and that it could also make my birth control ineffective. Any kind of advice would be greatly appreciated. I really don’t have anyone to talk to about this. Thanks in advance!
I'm sad you guys...
TL:DR; Me ranting about how shitty everything is, and how I want my screening to finally start..
For years I've been struggling with attention, organization and all that other good stuff that "normal people" don't have troubles with.
About three years ago I went to a psychiatrist who diagnosed me with depression, got on antidepressants and anxiety meds which didn't work at all. Some time later my doctor decided I should do a "mini ADHD screening" (don't know what to call it) we do it in Sweden to determine whether or not it's relevant to do the real deal.
I got 63 out of 72 points, so they decided to put me on the list for the real deal.. I've been waiting to start my screening for over a year now, and all I get when I ask my psychiatrist is "you're not prioritized, they have others that need the help more than you."
And I get that, I really do.. But when they put me on the list I was told it was going to start in about five months.. Which gave me some ho... keep reading on reddit ➡
Edit: Never expected the response to be this big. Thank you all
I am not seeking a diagnosis w this post, just words of support / advice.
I posted about my new psychiatrist's stigmatizing view of BPD a couple of weeks ago. (She said I was 'too pleasant' to have BPD. My psychologist of five years disagreed and wrote her a letter detailing my BPD symptoms.)
I went to see her after she received the letter. She said it was helpful, but that psychiatry is moving away from labels and that she thinks my symptoms can be explained by trauma. (I don't have major trauma btw.) She said she couldn't see the chronic suicidality but SHE NEVER EVEN ASKED ME ABOUT IT. (It's one of my main symptoms.)
I said I disagreed and she seemed to not like that answer. Before I left I added that I did take on board what she said (as I sensed that she was getting frustrated w me and I'm a people pleaser). I started crying. It was the end of our appointment and she made me leave her office crying without asking me if I'm ok or needed a minute. I cried as I paid the receptioni... keep reading on reddit ➡
So she basically said there’s just “bipolar” and “mood disorder”, and I have a mood disorder, not bipolar2. Has anyone had a doctor talk about this before?
What’s the best way?
I have talked to my family doctor, he said there was a 7 month wait, and didn’t refer me when I asked him. I think he was not taking me seriously, he gave me breathing exercises, told me to download a calming app and said if I don’t feel better he would prescribe me himself.
Called cmha, they either have work books or rapid psychiatric help, which needs a referral.
Called York region counselling, takes over a month to see someone.
I’m at my wits end. I just need to see someone soon. Should I just go to the hospital? I don’t want to be committed but this is getting pretty bad and I’m starting to not to be able to cope.
I’m a bit shaken up by learning this to be honest, my old psychiatrist told me that I was bipolar but I recently learned that I actually have DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), I was “on the bipolar spectrum” which is what brought the confusion. This is going to be my last post on this sub, I hope you guys stay safe. Although I found out that I wasn’t bipolar this community has been great support :) Thank you!