2 thoughts on “Wanting to Reset Boundaries with My Psychiatrist

  • May 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Hey! I can relate to seeing a bunch of psychiatrists and getting different diagnosis from each one. I feel so confused with what I am actually diagnosed with and I want to get this all figured out like officially. I don’t think my current psychiatrist is that good or would be able to do a comprehensive evaluation without her prior ideas influence her. I feel like when I started with her I told her what I have been diagnosed with and my past medical history and she just accepted it and gave me prescriptions. What do you suggest I do? Do you have any idea what I should be looking for? Do you think I should try to find a new psychiatrist? I know I need a new therapist but that is a whole different story. Thank you!

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    • May 19, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Jill,

      Thanks for your thoughtful response. First I recommend that you ask your psychiatrist why you were diagnosed with these things. In my experience a psychiatrist is usually willing to get out the DSM, go through the systems of the DSM-5 diagnosis and talk to you about why they think you fit each criteria. If the diagnosis doesn’t seem to match your experience, speak up. I can tell that you are an intelligent and articulate person and should be able to talk to your psychiatrist about that. If you can get your hands on the copy of the DSM-5- I assume they have it at your local library, then you could read about the diagnosis yourself and be prepared to talk to your psychiatrist about it. Ask about the purpose of each medication. You can keep a journal about how your mental state has been and bring it in (if they have time to look at it during the appointment.)

      As to finding a new psychiatrist, I would ask people if they have recommendations… I go to a support group through NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and it’s a nice place to ask other people if they recommend a therapist or psychiatrist. Or maybe your therapist could recommend someone. If you go to see a psychiatrist and therapist at an agency that has both, then the two of them can communicate and you may get a more accurate diagnosis.

      But in the end a diagnosis is just a tool for prescribing the right meds and choosing therapy techniques which might help the most. It doesn’t define who you are. I fought my diagnosis of borderline personality disorder for years, but was it that big a deal? In the end, a diagnosis is just a list of symptoms grouped together. And diagnoses can change over time since we people change over time. It’s possible to lose a diagnosis as we recover.

      Anna

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