Dealing with a mental illness is not easy and the tougher part is getting help.
There is nothing to be ashamed about meeting a psychiatrist and seeking help. It is like any other medical specialty and your doctor is not going to be judgmental about your illness. Psychiatrists are well-trained specialists in dealing with mental disorders and are naturally empathetic about their patient’s condition. In fact, feel proud that you have taken your first step towards getting better.
Yes. Be honest, open about those issues interfering with your mental stability and seek help. Try and get along with the specialist and confide your problems. Do not ever try to hide anything from your doctor as it may mislead your doctor from reaching the correct diagnosis.
I know because I have also gone through this. I still remember all that, how i had to drop my college due to useless reasons. It was very difficult for me to drop out of college nearing my degree. It still makes me sad. I can’t make myself sad by remembering all that.
But I still remember my first appointment with a Psychiatrist. Yes, Psychiatrist. Because college insident broke me down. It was not easy for me to get out of all that. My mind was completely blank, I stop talking, I didn’t like anything, getting angry all the time. I was upset about all this.
And then I met a Psychiatrist. When the doctor asked me what was going on, I was too much of a mess to put my emotions into words. At the time, I didn’t even have the vocabulary to talk about my mental health symptoms. “My head; my thoughts, I think. I’m so sad and I can barely get up in the morning, and it’s really affecting my work. I think I need medication.
I repeated, not looking him in the eye. “Can you help me?” He paused. “I can, but I need a little more background information.”
It was very difficult to tell him everything. But still he understood me and my problems. He explained to me and gave me some medicines. Even today, meeting a psychiatrist is still a taboo in our country and many patients tend to ignore their psychological health in the fear of rejection, criticism by the family, friends and society.
Mental illnesses are treated through various methods like counselling, making lifestyle changes and medications. Trust your doctor and make all necessary changes in your life and take medications. Get committed to your treatment plan for a faster recovery and do not be embarrassed about being on medications.
There are no instant answers or treatment available while dealing with mental issues. Your doctor may take time to reach a diagnosis and may ask you to sit for other few rounds of consultation before deciding upon the course of treatment. If may sound frustrating, but patience is the key.