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When i entered psychiatry i was very hesitant and wanted to turn back, get out. is my hesitation normal? who should i trust?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Normal: Talking to a psychiatrist can be anxiety-provoking, but remind yourself that s/he is there to help you. Doctors are held to a high standard of confidentiality, and so you can trust your psychiatrist to respect your privacy. By talking with her/him you may begin to find that you're able to handle other anxiety-provoking situations more easily. Good luck!

Answered 4/10/2016

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Yes: Many patients are hesistant to seek psychiatric treatment. You can trust trained and ethical mental health provider. Get the help you need.

Answered 12/26/2022

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Dr. Robert Killian answered

Specializes in General Practice

Mental Health: Yes. Of course. Asking for help sometimes is like pulling teeth. You will know when you have found the right therapist when you can talk to the professional and feel both safe and like you are building up trust. You can interview a new therapist by phone before you make an appointment to see who you feel best listens to you.

Answered 5/9/2016

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yes: It is not uncommon at all to feel some hesitation or distrust towards a provider. Rapport can take time to develope. A good provider is non-judgemental, open, honest and will work with you to facilitate trust.

Answered 5/8/2016

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Okay to be hesitant: Entering into a therapeutic relationship takes time. The initial process is called 'joining' for a reason. You are getting comfortable in a new setting which can make one feel vulnerable. Getting past the initial discomfort can lead to great beginnings.

Answered 11/27/2017

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