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Hi i need advice please my GP doesnt feel it's neccesary to refer me to see a psychiatrist regarding my problems,he knows nothing about depersonalization and has said he only refers people on to see a psychiatrist who are psychotic or people suffering from serious mental health problems?also i've been to see one of the mental health team referred by my GP and she doesnt feel it's neccessary either?have these people got no fucking idea? i'm really depressed now having left the mental health team appointment please tell me what sort of therapist needs to deal with this issue i have chronic dp and i'm on sertraline which is doing nothing, are these people bloody stupid and ignorant or what?i need evidence to support that i need to see a psychiatrist please help anyone with your views and thoughts, anyone from the uk please help me i'm really surprised that they dont think i need a referal simon
 

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I suppose you could try and see another GP? Or failing that you could mention to your current GP that you have suicidal thoughts, i would imagine that would fasttrack you somewhat.

Sorry to hear the sertraline isnt having any effect, kinda worries me as i have been on it for about 3 weeks now and have not really noticed any change, but was kinda hoping it was just because it has not kicked in yet as i beleive it can have 3-4 weeks lead in time.

Good luck mate:)
 

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The NHS isn't very good when it comes to mental health problems.

The first thing to do would be to change your GP. Don't expect many of them to have heard of DP/DR, they haven't been trained especialy in pyschology, and even some people who have have never heard of it. So make sure when you go in you sound as calm as possible when explainng your symptoms. It might help to print out some stuff, such as academic papers on DP (there are a few), to show them.

Apart from changing the Doctor, the next step to get a referral is to be persistent and to exaggerate your symptoms, i.e. make it sound as if you might be developing psychosis (you're not, incidenatlly, but GPs don't know much about these matters).

Hopefully some of that works. But don't expect a referral to an NHS psychiatrist to be the best road to recovery. I went to one a few times, and really they weren't that much help besides prescribing me valium. Getting referred from them to therapy is a much harder issue.

Hope it all sorts out alright,
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tell him you don't think you can live like this anymore and ask for a referral to the london dp place.
 

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This wont be of help to you Simon, but I just want to express my surprise about the trouble many people on this board have in the mental health circuit, with GP's, psychiatrists, psychologists, referrals etc. I have never had these kinda trouble that they didnt understand DP/DR or what it stands for (its orgins). One time when I visited my GP I described to him a little bit of my symtpoms and he said: Oh, thats derealization. :shock:
He referred me to a psychiatrist, who understood it too and we talked about it.
I guess Im lucky or the health care in my country is just from a very good quality.

Anyway, not of much help to you, but good luck Simon.
 

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i think you need to be referred by your gp.
i've read a few posts on this site from people who have been treated and helped by the unit.
 
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