My name is Arnold, I am 29, and I have joined this community mainly for the purpose of gaining advice.
I have been treated as a psychiatric out-patient by my local HSCT (Northern Ireland) once between November 2016 & June 2017; and also presently since October 2018.
To date, any psychiatric assessments has labelled me with anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder (more specifically, ‘pure-o’. I have been on increasing levels of antidepressants and antipsychotics since October 2016 and January 2017 respectively, and am currently on 200mg Sertraline and 175mg Quetiapine daily. I am not convinced that this medication is right for me.
I have suspected that I am on the spectrum for some time, but recently have become more and more convinced through research. My issue is that I am not confident on how to approach this topic with my keyworker or psychiatrist.
I am due to start psychological talking therapy soon, and do not want to waste time.
Thank you for your time and assistance.
Best way is to outright ask them for a test and potential diagnosis. They both want what's best for you. The worst that can happen is they say no, so ask for someone that will.A good psychiatrist will know whether they are right for you or not, and recommend someone that is if you feel you aren't getting anywhere with them.