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Hi how do you get diagnosed? I go like a lot to the psychiator and explain how I feel. But every time I just forget what I want to say im just blocked. I want to say so much but I cant express myself. I cant put it into a sentence, I cant memorise and feel so anxious and stupid. So I writed how I felt, but she dont know what I have.
Last year I went like 2 months in psychiatric admission for diagnose but they said I needed to stay longer for diagnose. But I felt really bad there so I went back home. I still dont have a decent diagnose. Now im thinking to go back because im a big mess.
I dont now who or what I am, dont have connection with nobody/nothing, I feel so far away from everything and nothing is real. I just cant move on with my life. I cant make dissicions beacuse I dont know what I want, Do I like this? I lost my identity, my friends, family everything.

Is it a good idea to go back? I really dont know... Any advice?
 

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What good is a diagnosis? It is important for insurance billing. It is a guide for prescribing treatments. Did I miss anything?
 

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In my experience, you say you are suffering from anxiety and a range of symptoms, until i got an official diagnoses I basically said a doctor said it was DP/Anxiety/Depression (all co morbid).. you can say you had a Skype session with a doctor if your doctor can see every local thing you see. (you don't have to, but saying before you came to the conclusion a professional did, stands well. It helped me get it on paper.

Present to the doctor two things:

Print Dsm 5 manual on DP (find it on google)

http://traumadissociation.com/depersonalization <- googled that for you but haven't read it but it seems to mention DSM5 (which is a diagnostic manual) this will inform a doctor of the symptoms (if they don't know what DP is...which if they don't, you need a specialist as talking from my experience, you are wasting your time otherwise, although most medications are simply something for depression and something for anxiety.. but id advice someone who knows and successfully treated DP) - maybe highlight symptoms that you have?

Then do the cambridge dp scale, you can find this in the Intro section on this site, should be able to search and find it easy, if not, i'll dig it out. This I would print and get your score. This for me is closer than ANY professional diagnoses as only you can answer it. Make it into a percentage it's out of 2200 i think. Incase it's been a while since school, say you get 1000, so 1000 divided by 2200 then times by 100. (takes 5-10minutes to do)

That's a way, i'm not sure of 'THE way' there doesn't seem to be one. My new p doc is good, i told her i had DP and she didn't question it, she just knew that if i had it i'd know even though i now have it on paper. Doctors i've had in the past, some didn't know what it was or how to diagnose me with it and skipped it altogether, before I found out what it was only one GP got in the right ballpark the rest had no idea what i was describing. Even my general doctor who i get on really well with, i had to explain DP and it was news to him and he has been a doctor for 20+ years.
 

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i wrote a list of my symptoms for a week or so and brought it to the doctor, because i know how hard it is to describe this condition when you're there. it's really difficult to talk about and to be precise. but i'm not diagnosed yet, but i know i have dp. Just like CK1 says, most doctors have poor knowledge about dpdr
 

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Thanks a lot, the website you gave me is very usefull. I print the dsm 5 manual and write my own story with symptons. This week im going to another psychiator (on the phone she said she knew dp) so I think thats a good thing. I did also the two tests and maybe im taking them with me to the doctor. Its crazy doctors don't know dp, they should learn about it at school... especially psychiatrists and psychologist.
 

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Yeah what ck1 said physiatrist should know what's up. I seen one at the hospital and he knew right away when I brought up my symptoms. My family doctor and the doctors at the hospital didn't no shit
 

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Totally agree with Nicewon.

To be fair, this depends where you are from, but if you have a big medical system what we call 'GPs' in the UK are GENERAL DOCTORS, there job is not mental health, it's to understand when someone is experiencing difficulties and refer them. Give the guys credit, they know well over 1,000 illnesses, very smart people but you can't expect them to be specialists in that field, that's why here anyway, there job is to identify and refer.

Although in saying that, my GP has a mental health degree and doesn't know DP which i found disappointing, i really like the guy, best GP i've ever met and i've swapped practices and gone through many. He was shocked that i did this, but go on the website, it lists ALL qualifications, when i told him that he had a mental health one (they are a few letters, just google them) he sarcastically said "do you have nothing better to do?" he was shocked and he is funny, but when it comes to your health...... research, this is the first person to getting you the help you need. I've met at least 8 P docs... 7 of them were a complete waste of time, you will know this after one session, don't think 'oh it might get better' from my experience that's BS. If they are not open to it, know what they are doing and determined don't waste months, believe me, it's useless..

If you are in the UK, my advice if you have seen 3/4 on the NHS (they usually let you see 2 and make you seem like the odd one) then do what I did, psychiatryUK website, £300 for the consultation you pick who you want, you email them a short background saying you have DP and pick the one you want, you'll get an hour plus a perception which a lot in the UK for a month is like £150, if that works, they will write to your GP. I know this seems a bit extreme but if your P Doc isn't working with you under the system sometimes it is the only option.

In my experience they are miles better than psychiatrist i've paid private (paid a few, £150 for 20 minutes average) and any i've seen on the NHS (the worst!) i know is a lot, but if you have been 3 odd down the line and getting no where, honestly if i knew what i know now i'd have done it years ago, plus Kings College costs what £1,500 or something stupid for the exact same idea. I am not sponsored BTW hahaha but think this is a great option for those who think my P DOC won't do anything and i have no NHS options.

My NHS p doc tried me on 12 medications in just over a year non of them made sense... they may have been free but i'd pay £700 never to see that guy for his attitude or approach. It was also refreshing to have a conversation at the end of the meeting to talk about medications, i felt my age instead of an 8 year old boy who was told what "WE" were trying. NHS p docs in my experience make you feel like a stupid lost boy who doesn't understand what lemonade is.
 
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