how do you know if you've found a good match with your psychiatrist

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taintedangel
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   Posted 7/12/2005 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I all.  I was hoping you could give me some tips on what to look for in a psychiatrist.  I meet with mine for the first time on tuesday of next week.  I'm very picky about doctor's of any sort.  I was just wondering if you could give me some signs to look for if he's a good psychiatrist.  I know it has a lot if not everything to do with how I feel with them.  I just hate having to change doctors.  Its such a hazzle.  I already have one specialist I might have to change cause our personalities are not meshing at all.  I'm just a bit nervous about my first visit not sure what to expect.

taintedangel
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   Posted 7/12/2005 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I meant to say hi all not I all gees.

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   Posted 7/12/2005 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
We all have differing personalities and triggers to our depression. When I looked for my therapist, I looked for one that wasn't in a hurry to label me and my depression. I wanted solutions, not causes or excuses. In addressing what was going on inside of me, we found the root cause but did not let it become an excuse. We are looking for ways to reprogram my mind and learn to live a healthy lifestyle with tools to use when I feel overwhelmed.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
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taintedangel
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   Posted 7/13/2005 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
hi randy well I'm going to a christian based clinic which is good I think. It was recommended to me by my counselor. I know partly the cause of my depression I too need to work on the negative thinking that takes places in my mind as well as the feeling that I have to do everything and please everyone mainly my parents. I don't know where all of this has come from but I know deep down I've always felt like I was a disappointment to them. I'm sure I didn't turn out the way they had hoped that I would. I didn't graduate college like my cousins did. I didn't open and run my own business or join the marines like my brother. In fact I haven't done things that are considered "norm". I've always done things my way. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that they still think I"m their little girl their baby even though I'm married and have my own life I can't seem to make a decision without going to them and getting their opinion on things. I"d like to break that habit. I got my paper work for the psychiatrist and a couple of the questions were how were your mother and father as you were growing up. I couldn't answer it. I sat there and thought now how can i answer this the right way. I don't want to say they were bad parents they did what they felt was best at the time but when i look back on it today I was very sheltered and protected from a lot of things. Mom and dad always bailed me out when I needed help which is good to some degree. I don't feel like they were very supportive of me as far as dreams and aspirations growing up. I don't know. That's just my thought on all this and I could be way off track I just know I've always struggled with depression I think even as a child to some degree. I wasn't the brightest student in the world and when mom and dad did try to help me I just would get so frustrated with them as they would with me and we'd end up fighting and me slamming does and shutting them out. Sorry if I rammbled I must've been thinking about this during my sleep last night. I left those questions blank for now. I just hope I'm doing the right thing by seeing a pdoc and this just isn't all in my head. I don't think it is cause its still bothering me to this day depression and negative thinking. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens next tuesday.

dbab
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   Posted 7/13/2005 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi taintedangel,
Randy is right. There are many different therapists with many different personalities that does always match yours. Don't be afraid to try until you find the right one for you. When you do, you will know it. Some people need the tough love type of therapist while others need the gentle approach and you won't know what kind they are until you have a session. Its frustrating but its worth it when you find the right one.
Des (dbab)
IBS, Diverticulosis, GERD, Disc Degeneration
"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it" - Mary Engelbreit
 
 
 


dbab
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   Posted 7/13/2005 4:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't realize I guess we were posting at the same time. :) One more thing, if there are things that are really bothering you, I suggest that you write them down. Your first session can feel a little intimidating and just like going to the regular doctor you forget things you wanted to mention.
Des (dbab)
IBS, Diverticulosis, GERD, Disc Degeneration
"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it" - Mary Engelbreit
 
 
 


taintedangel
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   Posted 7/13/2005 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
hello. yea, i'll probably write some things down espically about my other health problems I'm having. I wish I were in a better mood today. My anxiety kicked in this morning and I don't know why. Not an attack or anything I just feel out of sorts and not here at all. I feel jittery on the inside and if I could just take off I would. I can't though. I did make it to work but I've been very quiet today. I haven't said much to anyone and honestly if I could have a good cry right now I'd feel so much better. why do people feel like they have to complain all the time. i'm not talking about us just people some of them aren't happy unless they are complaining. sorry work drama and i'm sick of it. anyway think i'll go for now.
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