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Old 11th May 2020, 05:09
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Central sensitivity syndrome, Asperger's, Agoraphobia, Social anxiety & Depression.
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Old 21st May 2020, 12:45
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depression and anxiety - on 2 types of antidepressants, 2 lots of vitamins (B9 & 12) to help them work better and propranolol for the anxiety.

I am curious who made these diagnosis for you all, was it just your GP, was it a therapist - how did you get help - my GP has just passed me onto talking changes, which just going through a CBT book, did it once years ago and it was useless and the therapist (if thats what they were ) was a waste of time and threatened to kick me off it as I didnt / couldnt do the exercises, didnt really care or try to understand me or my problems just said fill out the book. I could talk for hours how ****ed up my thoughts are - then I think I need to man up and get on with it but I cant stop my negative thinking.
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Old 21st May 2020, 14:30
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^ Did your doctor tell you that taking those vitamins would help the antidepressants work better, or was it something you found out about yourself?

My diagnoses came from various places, a psychiatrist when I was a teenager and my GP but it all got a bit muddled as I wasn't actually told what I was diagnosed with as a teenager.

You might find a different kind of therapy suits you better, a lot of people don't seem to get on very well with CBT. ACT is another one (acceptance and commitment therapy) that some people have found helpful and person centred therapy I think is another. Some therapists practice a mixture.
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Old 21st May 2020, 16:01
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Are GPs able to diagnose? (I mean in general, not just mental health issues)

I thought that they were there to refer people to specialists, if they feel there's something wrong.
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Old 21st May 2020, 17:15
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^That's what I thought. GP's don't diagnose.
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Old 21st May 2020, 17:50
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^ I thought GPs could diagnose depression? Atleast I'm sure it's on my medical records, but then I also saw a psychologist somewhere along the way.....so i'm not sure.
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Old 21st May 2020, 18:06
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I suppose they might be able to. It was a psychiatrist who diagnosed my depression.
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Old 21st May 2020, 18:58
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I had a quick look and according to Mind the GP can diagnose mild, common mental health conditions, but for anything complex or very debilitating or chronic then a person should be referred to someone more specialist.
Which makes sense as they diagnose and treat minor illnesses all the time, like tonsillitis and such...
but ongoing issues should be referred.

It was a GP themselves that made me aware of that, because I went once with my "IBS" and he asked who had diagnosed me and I said it had been a different GP about 3 years earlier. He asked what tests I had had & I said 'none', and he said 'That's not a diagnosis! It's just an opinion'
When I did get investigated properly, it turned out I had a huge cyst on my ovary and my whole ovary needed removing, I don't have IBS and never did have. GP's can have a good idea of what a problem might be, but a good GP will always refer someone on to a consultant for a proper diagnosis.
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Old 21st May 2020, 19:54
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I was always down as "phobic anxiety" till i saw a shrink who gave me an official DSM diagnosis of social anxiety disorder.
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:07
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depression and borderline personality disorder, Aspergers.
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:09
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I was always down as "phobic anxiety" till i saw a shrink who gave me an official DSM diagnosis of social anxiety disorder.
Similar to me. I was down as anxious until I saw a psychiatrist who officially diagnosed me as socially phobic. Nowadays I have general anxiety as well.
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:10
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depression and borderline personality disorder, Aspergers.
Didn't realise you had aspergers Skittles. Me too.
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:13
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Didn't realise you had aspergers Skittles. Me too.
yeah, do any of your friends think you haven't got asperger's ?
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:20
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yeah, do any of your friends think you haven't got asperger's ?
No, In fact when I got my official diagnosis my best friend immediate reaction was "I know".
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:23
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oh really, when they were interviewing me to see if I have it I told them my friends think I don't have it and they said women can hide it better then men - so I don't know, my care coordinator thinks I have it.
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:28
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I went to a conference by Tony Attwood a couple of years ago. He said the same thing. Women hide it better than men.
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:29
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^ Did your doctor tell you that taking those vitamins would help the antidepressants work better, or was it something you found out about yourself? .
My GP said they would and gave me a prescription for them - they are folic acid (B9) and cyanocobalamin (B12) - I was already taking the max dose of mirtazapine and my depression was getting worse, so he gave me the vits and sertraline.

I dont actually get on with my GP we have never quite clicked if you know what I mean. When I was suicidal I saw a nurse practitioner who was really understanding and has been seeing me through out this, I have built up a good level of trust with him (you all know how important this is) but when I rang the surgery, the GP was the only one available and he seems to have taken over.
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Old 21st May 2020, 21:29
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Have you been officially diagnosed with it or is it just a suspicion at this point?
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Old 21st May 2020, 22:58
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My GP said they would and gave me a prescription for them - they are folic acid (B9) and cyanocobalamin (B12) - I was already taking the max dose of mirtazapine and my depression was getting worse, so he gave me the vits and sertraline.

I dont actually get on with my GP we have never quite clicked if you know what I mean. When I was suicidal I saw a nurse practitioner who was really understanding and has been seeing me through out this, I have built up a good level of trust with him (you all know how important this is) but when I rang the surgery, the GP was the only one available and he seems to have taken over.
That's really interesting, I'd not heard of vitamins being recommended alongside antidepressants before (I take an antidepressant and a multivitamin, but I didn't think about whether the vitamins would improve the effect of the antidepressant.)


You could probably try to ask to make an appointment specifically with the nurse practitioner again if you need to.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 01:32
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depression and borderline personality disorder, Aspergers.
I was diagnosed with Asperger's as a teenager, I always thought it was wrong and then I got diagnosed borderline last year. The connection between them is really fascinating to me, because on the surface they seem like polar opposites.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 16:08
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Were you misdiagnosed originally, Whimsical? Or do you have both conditions? I thought they were quite different too..
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Old 22nd May 2020, 17:29
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^I have no idea! I mean I believe so but what do I know. The psychiatrist who diagnosed me BPD questioned me on the ASD diagnosis and when I said I didn't think it was accurate, she nodded her head in agreement but nothing was on my notes about that exchange. I think it's possible to have both but I don't think that's the case for me.
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Old 22nd May 2020, 21:10
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^Were you properly assessed for ASD? Or was it just a suspicion?
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Old 22nd May 2020, 22:50
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^Were you properly assessed for ASD? Or was it just a suspicion?
I was properly assessed. I wouldn't throw the word 'diagnosis' around if it was just suspicion. I think that early manifestations of BPD can appear like ASD in females, and vice versa.

Also, I'm a very good actress and pressure from my overbearing mother that she's finally figured out What's Wrong with Me™ probably played a part, I ain't gonna lie.
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Old 24th May 2020, 00:54
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Generalised anxiety disorder, although I'm getting zero help because lockdown has stopped me getting a referral. Also I'm almost certain I have SAD but I've never had an official diagnosis even though I'm badly depressed most winters.
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Old 24th May 2020, 01:35
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^ What is your experience of GAD?

I have thought that I have this. Always felt anxious when I am out - more noticeable in large crowds, and places where it isn't easy to leave.

For most of the time the anxieties only give a slight feeling of discomfort, other random times they spill over in to something stronger, or a panic attack.

I am sure this for me is front-running other conditions such as self-esteem and social anxiety, causing them or making them worse.
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Old 24th May 2020, 12:06
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^ I thought GPs could diagnose depression? Atleast I'm sure it's on my medical records, but then I also saw a psychologist somewhere along the way.....so i'm not sure.
Ive been diagnosed by my GP as you say its on my medical records - was recorded as low mood (on anti-depressants for 6 years) by my understanding GP (NOT). But now recorded as depression and anxiety by the nurse practitioner as they have to put something on the Fit notes.

SNOO - sounds similar to me, never had a diagnosis as such for social anxiety but I dont want to meet friends and family or strangers and get anxious when I do, I can go to shops but dont engage with anybody, aviod eye contact and want to be in and out asap and feel anxious while there. fear of being judged, shame, low self esteem.

I notice now I am even avoiding eye contact with my wife - who I feel safe with and not judged by.
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Old 24th May 2020, 13:31
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^ Have you talked to your psychiatrist about your diagnosis?
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Old 25th May 2020, 10:18
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doug - If you mean me, yes they are aware.
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Old 25th May 2020, 11:44
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^ Sorry Rufus yes I did mean you. Psychiatrists are usually involved in diagnosis so you could probably discuss with them what their opinion is on yours, if you wanted to.
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