So long story short, I watched Greg’s video, and like many others, I find myself in similar boats.
I’ve constantly put off seeing my GP about finding out if I have depression, ADHD or any other mental illnesses, because I fear that it’ll just seem like me whining, or that there is nothing wrong with me, and I’m just weak.
After the talk, I called up my GP, and set an appointment about a month from now. (Not as soon as I would like, because I know I’ll put it off more and more, but with the appointment, I think I’ll be too scared to not turn up).
My biggest fear is not knowing what to say. I’m a bit ashamed to just say “I saw stuff on the internet, and I think ‘x’ is wrong with me”, because I know they get that a lot with people who think they have cancer as a first Google result of their symptoms.
So is there any advice that could help ease me into the conversation? I keep going over and over it in my head, and I’m slowly driving myself into a hole.
For the last 5 years I’ve been convinced there’s something wrong with me, (if not longer), and I just took a step in the spur of the moment, now I really want to go through with it, but I’m still scared.
I more scared of not getting diagnosed with anything, because it will feel like all my weirdness, social anxiety, and strange way of thinking and talking is my own fault, and that I’ve caused trouble because I’m just too different. I think I just want some kind of validation.
I’ve gotten gradually happier over the years, but there’s always that linger of self-loathing, and worthlessness. I just feel like if I can be told that it’s just me or a mental illness, I have something to blame rather than my own speculation.
Sorry, I think I went a bit off topic, but I really don’t know how to deal with this, despite telling myself I can.
What can I say to a Doctor to suggest I think I might have a mental illness, and not sound like I’m after meds or whining? I’m scared I’ll just get shrugged off and not get taken seriously.