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Im sure my Psychiatrist has got it wrong

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  • Posted By: bex1708
  • October 23, 2009
  • 10:33 PM

Hi everyone.

New to this board so hoping someone could give me a bit of advise.

I suffered a stress related nervous breakdown last year. It was work related stress. I had no idea what happened. One minute I was looking at my PC the next I was in hospital. I suffered a stress related stammer for 5 months. I didnt go out of my house on my own I was on anti depressants and anti anxiety drugs for a long time.

Anyway I have over the past 8 months tried to get my life back on track. I have a job now and doing ok. but I keep reliving what happened to me, how I ended up having a breakdown, what I could have done to prevent it, what my boss has done and said to me since, going over and over it. I cant get to sleep without it going round my head. I dont go out of the house without someone as I am scared of bumping into my ex boss I have regular panic attacks.

I saw a psychiatrist a few months ago as I was behaving rather strange. Either so down I didnt want to be here or completely mad. running round like an idiot jabbering so quickly noone had a clue what I was going on about. Lashing out, shouting arguing with people going slightly off the rails. When I saw the psychiatrist he didnt ask about my breakdown. kept talking about my behaviour and diagnosed me with a mood disorder and personality disorder. Put on medication and see you in 3 months.

I stopped taking the meds as I was more like a zombie. I couldnt be like that at work, I care for a disabled girl.

Im going back to psychiatrist in 2 weeks. I want to say to him, are you sure its a mood disorder or is it a reaction to what I went through with my breakdown. How do you tell a psychiatrist I think your wrong.

Sorry to waffle on about this but any advise would be appreciated.

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  • The way you write that, it almost sounds like a PTSD about your break down. Psychiatrists just like normal doctors, are human and do get things wrong. Its made worse by the fact that there is no exact science when it comes to the inside of your/our head and that there are many many different opinions and schools of thought about exactly how our psychology works. You know in yourself what helps and what does not help, and aside from any diagnosis, this is what is the most important thing to bear in mind. If the pills are working, stick with them, rise above the description your psychiatrist has given you, if it really is something that your going to hold against him- ie not be able to take in what he says or trust him and so influence the treatment he offers, maybe ask for a different psychiatrist or to be referred on? not sure how possible that is if there are waiting lists or the various psychiatrists in your area. If your looking for councelling or psychotherapy, its more important to get the right feel from your therapist, if your seeing him/her solely for the prescriptions, doctors notes and referrals, then its not so important what they think as how helpful they are to making things feel easier- I don't btw, think any therapist or psychiatrist or pills can take away the feelings or the thoughts, they 'just' help you to deal or process them.I have a looong history of an eating disorder. The stereotype psychiatrists fall under is that "its a way of saying you are very very angry". I get sick and tierd of hearing this- mine I am quite sure how it came about, and it wasn't through anger! (it was through fear of my changing environment and loss of control mixed with the culture of thinness = being kept close/loved/respected and voila, anorexia!) but the psychiatrist didn't want to hear me. It didn't matter to me- and infact I've not seen her for several years. I just needed her at that time to sign me onto the pills the eating disorder specialist had suggested I take and also sign me onto a waiting list for psychotherapy. I think maybe work out whats important to you, what you need and if trying to convince someone who seems to have their mind made up is any good for you- the strongest thing you can do is to talk about your experience of whats going on, paint a really clear picture, and let them make their own mind up as to what fits. If they get the wrong picture, it could be for many reasons, but rarely do people -with any situation, change their minds on what you tell them- most like to see the evidence themselves first!
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    • October 28, 2009
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