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Tue Jun 18, 2013, 06:23 PM

First visit to new psychiatrist...

So I just got back from my first visit to the psychiatrist I was worried about. The guy I posted about here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11513743

You guys told me to run, , but I've decided to give him a try and see how things go. My first impressions aren't really bad. He's very professional which is good and I don't get the feeling that he doesn't care. Though I don't get a great sense of caring either, mostly just the professionalism. He IS a pill pusher from what I can see, wants me on at least 2 medications, but then just about all psychiatrists are nowadays. His diagnosis so far is that my main issues are obsessiveness, not to the point of OCD, and perfectionism. The depression and anxiety simply piggy back on these core issues. I don't disagree with this opinion and it makes a lot of sense actually. I knew I had perfectionism and the more I think about it as the core feature of my personality the more it makes sense. I don't know for sure if it's right but it doesn't feel wrong. He thinks I should be taking a more sedating SSRI than the one I'm on with a low dose of an anti psychotic as a booster. My previous psychiatrist thought something similar. I've resisted taking this combination because my parents think that I should be either off all medications or at the very least on something not at all sedating, because all I do is sleep right now. This psychiatrist said that I shouldn't worry too much about that because the reason I'm sleeping all the time right now isn't because of the medication I'm on anyway, it's because of my avoidant personality, which makes sense.

I don't know. I'm wary of trying a lot of different meds again since I'm now down to almost nothing. But I'm thinking I should give this a go and see how things work out as I'm not getting any better right now anyway. I have another visit with him in one week in order to finish up with the history, he's very detailed, and get a final diagnosis and prescription. We will see.

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elleng Jun 2013 #1
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Response to Locut0s (Original post)

Tue Jun 18, 2013, 07:18 PM

1. Glad you feel some positive from this.

'Avoidance,' makes sense to me, but I'm a lawyer, so my opinion on the subject isn't worth much,

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Response to Locut0s (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2013, 03:14 PM

2. Please give it a shot, Locut0s.

I'm glad you are hanging in there.

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