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Mental Assessment this week, Nervous - January 19th 2015, 03:11 AM

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[size="4"]So I moved 1600 miles from home to go to uni 6 months ago. Since before then I haven't seen a therapist or Psychiatrist but I have been taking my meds and even changed my prescription. But my bipolar has become increasingly problematic [. I finally found a place to go but I'm really nervous. In the past I have bad experiences with docs/mental health professionals. And I'm scared about what I'm going to do if this place doesn't work out I live in a super small town, and I don't want to have to drive all the way to Lincoln or Omaha. I also tend to get really flustered when I have to answer a bunch of questions. I have written some things down (meds, dosage, short and long term goals) so hopefully I wont forget those. Is there anything else I should do to prepare? Thanks for the input, and sorry for this being so long and rambling. /SIZE]

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Re: Mental Assessment this week, Nervous - January 19th 2015, 02:34 PM

Hi Sarah,

I am really glad you are taking control of things and doing what is best for you. It is a scary step to take but I believe it will go well.
Are you meeting with the person that will be your counselor? If so, you can ask them questions about what therapeutic methods they use to treat bipolar, knowing what therapies they use could help you understand how the therapies they use work (ask them for specifics about how what they do connects to treating bipolar). Explaining to them what treatments you have received in the past for your bipolar, what worked and what didn't could be helpful so you do not go through what you did previously again and they can best support you by not repeating techniques that have not been helpful.
Telling them what did not go well with your previous counselors/therapists could be useful because then they will be aware of who to place you with best if this person is just a person that does assessments and then places people with the staff member best suited for them. Even if the person will be your counselor, they could keep these things in mind for giving you the most appropriate treatment available.
Hope this helps and let us know how things turn out!
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