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The Doctors Appointment - May 24th 2014, 10:26 AM

I told my mum about my SHing and she was supportive but understandably wants me to go see a psychologist. Where I am in Canada you have to talk to a doctor and get them to refer you to a psychologist.
I'm really scared to talk to the doctor because it won't be my normal one (He's on vacation) and I just don't know what to say to them.
Does anyone know how Doctors react? My mum said she's sure they see this more than we think but I'm just very anxious
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Re: The Doctors Appointment - May 24th 2014, 01:28 PM

I also went to my doctor to get a referral.

Your mom is right, they do see a lot more than you'd think.
Doctors aren't here to judge you. They understand that this is a real thing that people go through. They took an oath to help, and most of them actually try to.

I was your same age when I told and it turns out that the 15/16 is an age group where a lot of teens decide to get reach out for their issues.

It is really nerve wracking and I was scared going it. I asked my mom to come into the room with me, for support. Everything turned out okay with the doctor and she was really supportive.

You also DO NOT have to show the doctor your self-injuries.

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Re: The Doctors Appointment - May 24th 2014, 02:17 PM

Hi there!

I'm glad you told your mom. That's a big step to take and I'm happy for you! You should be proud of yourself for this. As mentioned, doctors are in the profession because they want to help people with whatever they need help or advice on. That is why they became doctors so you're going to just the right person. Your mom is correct, doctors see a lot and I'm sure they've seen it all before. You most likely won't be the first person that has come to them who struggles with self-harm. If it makes you feel better, I went to a specialist recently and they had to see my hips. My doctor didn't say anything at all and she treated me very nicely.

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Re: The Doctors Appointment - May 24th 2014, 04:15 PM

Your mom is right that doctors do see more than you think, and I'm sure you won't be the only one that has gone in for something similar to this. They truly do want to help people, though, so they won't get upset, angry, or judge you, but instead ask the questions and do what they need to do in order to ensure you get the best help and care possible.

Maybe you can make a list of the things that it is important to cover, such as what you have been going through lately in terms of self harm, your anxiety and other emotions, and some of the things you have been going through in your life. Perhaps your mom can help you come up with things to say or be in the room with you to make sure you don't miss any key points.

When my regular doctor saw my scars, she didn't yell at me or anything, but was concerned and asked how I've been feeling and how long this has been happening, things like that.

The more honest you are, though, the more help you can get for everything. I know it's scary, but it's something that you have to do sometimes! Best of luck!

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Re: The Doctors Appointment - May 24th 2014, 04:31 PM

I think it's great that you are getting the help you need. The doctors see more than you expect so I'm pretty sure that they have seen this before especially since you have to have a referral to go see a therapist. Doctor's wont react in a bad way considering they are professionals and they have training on things like this. I would be completely honest with the doctor so you can get the best care that they can give you.

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Re: The Doctors Appointment - May 24th 2014, 05:18 PM

Thanks for all the thoughts, I'm going on Monday and this helped a lot
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Re: The Doctors Appointment - May 25th 2014, 01:48 PM

Before I was admitted into hospital, I saw my doctor weekly, sometimes more. He would contact teams to help me such as my psych and crisis team. I've never had anyone more understandable than him. I wouldn't be alive without him today. He helped me through my self harm and suicide attempts and my psychotic experiences and everything else. They really do see people like "us" more than you'd imagine. It's unfortunate that that's the case but it's reality. People in the world need help with these things and quite often their doctor can be the first point of call. They'll understand and if they don't, simply explain it to them - they won't mind. I found writing things down pretty damn helpful so maybe you could try doing that? Whatever help you most. You are what's important in this. Don't forget that.

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