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Psychiatric Evaluation? - April 4th 2014, 06:41 AM

Well, I've basically been forced to get a psychiatric evaluation. I haven't ever gone into this area of medicine before, so I'm wondering what exactly it will entail (though I have done a lot of internet research ). The psychiatrist that I've scheduled it with wants to spread it out into two appointments in about two and a half weeks. I figured that I'd get the best answers out of real people instead of online articles.
On a side note, does anybody have any suggestions for dealing with extreme guilt over things that some may consider irrational? Also, what about ways that I can get past my fear of people being angry at me (for things that, admittedly, no good person would get angry over) and talk to them?
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Re: Psychiatric Evaluation? - April 5th 2014, 05:38 AM

Hai Laura

My psychologist did some psychological tests with me around 2 years ago. There are a number of psychological tests available these days that help the mental health professionals to know more about your mental health. My personal experience was that a totally irrelevant test gave me a diagnosis of a disorder whose symptoms included some things about me that I had NEVER told anyone about. I was completely baffled though relieved at the same time. It was like telling me that I am not mad and there are others out there who feel exactly the same way. Though I found out about the diagnosis like one and half year after it was done.

I just had an episode of extreme guilt over a completely irrational thing two days ago. I cried for hoursssss but what helped me calm down was the fact that I knew that I was being irrational. I did a lot of self talk, considered the practicality of the whole situation. Even though I am still a bit worried about it but forcing my mind to think practically, putting up practical arguments has helped me calm down a lot.

I think that knowing that we are being irrational is our biggest tool in overcoming such situations. If we are unaware about the fact that we are irrational, then even other people can have a difficult time trying to help us out. But do remember that what worked out for me may not work out for you.

We can't change how people react, it is up to them if they get angry over trivial issues. We can only control our actions. I feel that there is no space in my life for such people. I can have no control over their behaviour but I can definitely make things easier for myself by kicking them out of my life. Although that won't be as easy as it sounds, but at the end of the day I have to remind myself that I have to protect myself from any kind of emotional distress. I can talk to them, confront them about it, but even if after multiple talks they show no change, then I don't think any such person is worth hurting ourselves.

I hope that this made sense and helps you out a bit

All the best!

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Re: Psychiatric Evaluation? - April 5th 2014, 09:00 AM

Hi Laura,

Essentially, a psych evaluation test is to assess your mental health. It honestly depends on why you've been asked to get an evaluation because there are a number of tests that are used and many have different purposes and specific aspects that they test.

It's not really something you need to be nervous about. Don't worry about the results. Just do your part and let the tester worry about the rest. (:

Guilt. It's something that stops you from doing what you need to do. Yes, we do have to take into concern moral standards. At the same, we often confuse a lot of emotions for guilt, and the way we look at a situation plays a huge part in determining whether we feel guilty or not. You could try this: anytime you think you feel guilty, write down why you feel guilty. When you do that, ask yourself why you feel guilty. Do you somewhere inside have grown into a pattern of allowing yourself to feel guilty, even in situations in which you don't need to or shouldn't? If there is no need to feel guilty, then you can just tell yourself to let it go. I know that sounds so absolutely silly and easy. At the same time, we don't really give enough credit to the power of our mind.

Our bodies can become ill when we unconsciously ask for it. How does that happen? People have been so scared to getting cancer that they mentally manifested it in their body. If their mind is capable of that, then I'm sure it is just as capable of making ourselves better.

Regarding your fear of people getting angry at something you say, if they get angry, they get angry. Like it's been said in the post before me, we can't control how others react. We can, however, control how we act and react. I'm sure there are times when you feel angry? When that happens, are you afraid of yourself? Also, that anger eventually melts away and you look at things in a more reasonable manner? It's the same for others. People may get angry, but know that the anger won't stay. Also, I sincerely doubt thaf anger would be the only reaction that they'd have. And more importantly, you don't know if they will react in an angry manner. They could react with surprise, or joy, or ezcitement. You don't know. Don't let the possibility of someone reacting angrily dictate what you say and do. Certainly, that's not something they do?

If you would like to work on your fear and guilt and such, I could redirect you to some individuals I know and trust to help you out if you'd like. Or you could work with me. Either. (: however, that is only if you want to (:

Wish you the best on your psych eval. (:
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