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I met with a psychiatrist and I’m feeling hopeful!
It seemed like forever from the time when I made my appointment with a psychiatrist to the actual date of the appointment…
but it finally arrived and I met with a doctor last week.
I am happy to report that it went SO WELL.
If you missed the post about WHY I went to see a psychiatrist, here it is.
I loved the psychiatrist, which, honestly, is half the battle in these types of situations.
I have been to therapists before and if it’s not a good fit, it’s not even worth going. (In my opinion.)
But this doctor was mellow, receptive, and friendly. I felt like she understood me.
She listened to my issue– “I want to stop yelling at my kids and getting so frustrated with small things” — and discussed how medication, along with other things like proper sleep and exercise, might be able to help.
“You’re still going to get frustrated and be annoyed by things,” she said. “But the irritations will bother you less than before and it will be easier for you to deal with them, rather than react to them.”
And that’s really all I want…something to take the edge off. Repair what feels to me like a frayed wire in the “patience” part of my brain.
According to my psychiatrist, I could start seeing small results in a week and full results in a month.
Maybe it’s just the placebo effect, but I already feel a tiny bit better and I’ve only been on the medication for five days.
So, I’m hopeful!
Again, I know my husband will say WHY ARE YOU TELLING PEOPLE ALL THIS?
But I think that sharing what has been such a positive experience of taking the step to go see a psychiatrist will encourage other women to do the same.
I really don’t think it’s anything to be embarrassed of; if anything, a few of my friends have said, “I need to do that, too!”
So if you’re feeling stuck or frustrated or just plain down all the time, I highly recommend going to talk to someone.
If you think you need medication, go to your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist. If you just want to talk it out, try a therapist.
And I’m going to continue to talk about my mental health journey here, because I think it’s important.
If you keep reading, I’ll keep writing…