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Seeing a psychiatrist - July 18th 2012, 04:28 PM


I may have a chance to speak with a psychiatrist or a psychologist as I told a teacher I trust that I'm scared of myself and she wants me to. But I'm not sure if I should speak out that I have thoughts about death and self-harming. I just do not know how they will react if I tell them about these thoughts, particularly my teacher I do not want her to know because she may think that I'm just seeking for attention, but I also want to tell someone because it might be my first and the only chance I can have, just in case things can get better for me.

Anyone has been in this situation before? How do people react when you tell them these thoughts. Do they think you are just seeking for attention, because I trust her so much and this is what I am scared of and do not want it to happen.


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Re: Seeing a psychiatrist - July 19th 2012, 12:32 AM

Hi Katie. It is impossible to predict precisely what will happen, but if the teacher and mental health specialist are doing their jobs, they SHOULD be kind and supportive, and not assume you to be 'seeking attention'. Another thing to note is that everyone passes 'seeking attention' off as overwhelmingly negative thing. Sometimes, people NEED the attention. It's perfectly okay to seek attention if you need help with an issue, which it sounds like you do. I realize you were of course referring to the negative connotation, but I'd just like to point out that it's not ALWAYS a bad thing.

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Re: Seeing a psychiatrist - July 19th 2012, 02:48 AM

Hey Katie.

Im glad you're taking the step of thinking about reaching out for some help and I am glad that you have trust in a teacher.

Like Chris said, school and mental health professionals should remain on a professional level at all times. Everyone reacts differently in respects to whether they seemed shocked or upset etc. This is probably more likely to happen with your teacher but they will remain professional about the situation. Mental health professionals see this every day; you're not the first. They won't be shocked or horrified by what you say because they have been trained in this area and have seen plenty of people in similar situations to yourself and know how to handle your situation.

If you trust your teacher, talk to them. I know I had a teacher who supported me for four years and her reaction was always appropiate and she always helped me ensure I had the right support in place to help me. Teachers can honestly be wonderful souces of support and its okay for you to let them in.

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Re: Seeing a psychiatrist - July 19th 2012, 09:12 AM

It really depends on who you're talking to. Some people will understand, some wont. It just depends, and you have to guess which kind of person they are (or take the risk).

I should add that you should definitely go ahead and tell the psychologist and psychiatrist as it is their job to help you. The teacher is the one I'm not sure whether you should tell.

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