Seeing a psychiatrist 看精神科醫生

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Today was one of those days where I have to go back to see the psychiatrist as a regular ritual. Last week, I was told that I am getting better and so I started this blog, but, I still suffer from depression, anxiety, phobia.



It might be worth mentioning that with depression, it is very important to choose a psychiatrist which the patient can truly ‘click with’. I first saw a talking therapist in UK actually. All she did was listening to me saying that I want to die, and she asked me why I still have not yet successfully managed to commit suicide then? Wow, thanks, are you asking me why I am still not dead yet? (sarcastic mode) Then I could not get to see a psychiatrist in UK, and I first saw another psychiatrist in Hong Kong for once, before I switched to the current one. It was quite an ‘interesting’ experience, with that first psychiatrist asking me for my political opinion besides many unrelated questions. I stayed with the current one, because at least we ‘clicked’ when we talked to each other. My way to get each session to start off with, was always to hand in a diary  for him to read, to save myself doing some talking, but let him to start asking questions and get things started. Today was also the first time that I cried crazily in front of him, and the first time he gave very precise opinions about decisions that I made, but normally, he would be very objective in everything that he said.

可能值得一提的是,抑鬱症,一個患者一定要選擇能真正「聊得來」的醫生。在英國我看了一次治療師。她所做的是聽我說我想死了,她就問我為什麼我到現在還沒有成功自殺呢?哇,謝謝,你是問我,為什麼我還沒有死嗎? (好諷刺)在英國我等不到看精神科醫生的機會,而我第一次在香港看的是另一個醫生,看了一次,我就換到當前這位。與第一位是一個相當「有趣」的經驗,被問到我的政治觀點,和許多無關痛癢的問題。我繼續看現在的這位醫生,因為至少我們「聊得來」。我的做法是每次會面要開始時,我會請醫生他閱讀我的日記,自己就不用說太多,讓他開始問問題來開始我們的對話。今天也是我第一次在他面前瘋狂地哭了,他也第一次明確地表達他認為我應做的是什麼,但通常情況下,他一切也說到很客觀的,不給予非常精確的意見。


Talking about phobia, I just developed a new and strange one this week, besides some old ones. I got impatient and furious if I had to queue so I am afraid of being in queues since then. I am afraid of the London underground, meaning tube-shape like things. When it was in January, I was afraid of both natural and room light, so I resorted to hide myself inside a cupboard to breathe in darkness. I have now got over with the clinking noise of china utensils, the noise you get when you use the china utensils in a traditional Chinese restaurant. I am still annoyed and have this fear for neighbourhood noises, when neighbours do some drilling work or fidgeting with a knife on a chopping board. At the least, now I no longer get excited at seeing a knife to grab it to cut myself, that’s a big improvement.



To be a bit more detailed, my phobia makes me get anxious, and possible reactions include sweating, body-shaking, headache, heartache. I am glad that I don’t tend to scream now. When I was worse, I heard my own voice in my head telling me different means to kill myself. With phobia, taking medication helps to keep calm.



I am learning to be patient, to be able to accept that my whole treatment will take me one year.


❤ Lala

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