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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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First visit with psychiatrist. What to expect?

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My first visit with a psychiatrist is on Thursday, and to say I'm scared is an understatement. I have absolutely no idea what to expect. Is there anything I can do to prepare myself? What will most likely happen during this initial visit? I'm going to be a nervous wreck (more so than usual) for the next few days.
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An hour or more of having to explain your life story/history. Don't worry too much though, you aren't going to have to sit down and just start pouring it all out. The doctor will ask you questions, and have you answer them as best as possible. It's going to be easier then you think, and perhaps even relieving to get things off your chest.
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Thanks for the quick replies.

I'm going to tell you not to worry, but I have a feeling you will anyway.
Yep. That's what I do best.
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Hey, i really hope this goes well for you.

What to expect, well, the psychiatrists i went to, many of them (but not all) made me sit in silence for the first 5 min to gauge how i handle silences. They pretended to be filling forms or something lol.
Also you know you have SA so just tell them (when they ask what can i help you with) "i have social anxiety" then they take it from there. It's their job to get you to talk.
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