Going to Psychiatrist. What Should I Know First?

Discussion in 'Support' started by jdjd09, Mar 24, 2016.

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    1. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      So, many think that I am not taking action on this forum. I am, but I had to wait over 2 months to see a psychiatrist. Yes, all of them are booked in my area that far out.

      Anyways, long of the short, I don't know what to do anymore. I am eventually either going to go the LLLT route or attempt to get a hearing aid. I have ran out of most my paid time off thanks to this issue. Who knows how much longer I have my job.

      Are there any drugs I should ask for? Are there any drugs I should avoid? I know some can make T or hearing loss worse (I got hearing loss and T in one ear mainly, and I'm only 28 :/).

      I probably need a drug to help me fall asleep and one to calm me down until I can calm down about all that just happened to me.

      What do I do at this point? Please tell me, as I don't even know if this doctor will help me either.
       
    2. Aussie Lea
      Dramaqueen

      Aussie Lea Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Yarra Valley
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/09/2013
      Jack Vernon Xanax Protocol.

      Look at the pdf I attached.
       

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    3. Benzos are the standard *short term* med t calm down and take the edge off. A benzo will also help with sleep. That said, they are not meant for long-term use and many people would suggest avoiding them if at all possible so that you don't have to deal stopping them.

      If that sounds like something you would still find appealing, I would not go in asking specifically for a benzo. However much you may really need it, going to a new doctor, even a pdoc, and immediately asking for a benzo (or an opiod) will immediately raise "drug seeker" red flags. It may be unfair, but it is a reality.

      Beyond that, it's really something for you to work out with your doctor. For every drug someone here says to avoid, you will find someone whose T wasn't affected by it or was improved by it and vice versa.

      I would explain your concerns about tinnitus and find out what you should do if you believe it is making it worse - presumably you should let the doc know and he or she can then tell you whether you can stop cold turkey or if you need to taper as well as what to try next. Something else to consider is starting with a low dose to see how you react. My doc now starts me at the smallest dose possible even if she would start someone else on a higher dose.

      Good luck.
       
    4. Aussie Lea
      Dramaqueen

      Aussie Lea Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Yarra Valley
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/09/2013
      Ideally you would only take benzos 1-3 times a week! Regular use should be avoided...
       
    5. rhull
      Alone

      rhull Member

      Location:
      NJ
      Tinnitus Since:
      1974
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Guess I was born with it. Never not known life without T
      Seeing a therapist myself next Monday, after seeing a T specialist in Philly.

      Not expecting miracles, really expecting to be told pretty much what I've read on here.

      My doc has prescribed me with zoloft and xanax. I started on the zoloft, but then came down with the flu and haven't touched it since. Have taken a couple of xanax when I really need them, but other than that, trying to remain drug free as much as poss.
       
    6. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      That paper said to take xanax long term though.
       
    7. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      Do you have hearing loss as well? What did the T specialist do for you? I guess I'm lost, what can anyone really do for people besides giving a hearing aid, masker, or benzo/antideppressant?
       
    8. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I hope it goes well for you. I haven't tried any myself, but I've seen a number of members get (temporary) relief with clonazapam.
       
    9. rhull
      Alone

      rhull Member

      Location:
      NJ
      Tinnitus Since:
      1974
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Guess I was born with it. Never not known life without T
      I went to an ent and my high range hearing is shot. Apparently.

      I haven't seen the t expert yet, that's monday too.

      Gotta keep being positive as best you can. Don't let it be master.
       
    10. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      I'm pretty much on verge of jumping off bridge soon. Like I'm not accepting this life issue. I have no kids to take care of and family is and was abusive to me. I am had hopes of programming and loved sitting for hours doing it. Now can't focus and do that anymore.

      Like I almost drove to a bridge today.
       
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    11. trocobob

      trocobob Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe stress ?
      Dont worry.
      This is the same feeling which i got since i have been affecteb by T.
      But by time your mind will react differently toward those sounds. Only a matter of time.
      For me it got me 2 months to go from 6/10 to 3/10 and 2/10.
      Give it time and it will decrease gradually.
       
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    12. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      I got zero help and was told that i was possibly had schizo cause ringing may be similar to voices in head. I'm done here. This is doctor seven who hasn't helped me. I guess I need to die to get any help. Said no benzos before I ever mentioned them. Listed off all the meds given in past and told nine helped. No one in medical community is helping me or taking me seriously.
       
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    13. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      I was given ambian after refusing psychotic meds. I guess I am just meant to die off.
       
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    14. Carlos1

      Carlos1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Root Canal
      Try Clonezepam it settles your T and after you get your emotional state back to some what normal wean yourself off and then make some decisions going forward.
       
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    15. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      THRY WONT GIVE IT TO ME. ITS A BENZO AND NO DOCTOR AROUND HERE WILL GIVE ME A BENZO. I DONT EVEN GO OUTRIGHT ASKING FOR IT. THEY WONT GIVE ME ANYTHING FOR ANXIETY. THIS ONE FLAT OUT SHOT DOWN BENZOS BEFORE I EVER MENTIONED I TOOK THEM FOR A SHIRT TIME IN COLLEGE AND NEVER GAVE ME ISSUES TO GIVE HER A RECORD OF ALL MEDS I HAVE TAKEN BEFORE. THEY ARE ALL FLAT OIT AGAINST GIVING THEM.
       
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    16. Carlos1

      Carlos1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Root Canal
      @jdjd09 Relax JD no need to capitalize your text we can read it in lower case too. Try some natural calming remedies you need to try to relax yourself there's been allot of good advice given to you on this board man.
      Hope things get better for you
      hang in there
       
    17. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      If i don't get some hope soon I'm leaving. I'm catching the bus in life and leaving. Many of you have and still are being very helpful but the world isn't meant for people like me. It's evolution. I am meant to die off.

      I've sought help. I had parents who in the initial phase of this told me to stop being selfish and stop thinking about myself. I had doctors misinform me and not prescribe steriods to save my hearing less than a week after this issue.

      I had four doctors in the area who won't prescribe me benzos (two from emergency behavorial center, one GP, and one psychiatrist). I am about to loss my job. I am a guy and can't take care of myself soon and can't move back in with my abusive family.

      This life was sad. I worked damned hard to escape the hellhole I had to grow up in to find a way to get a job in finance and sacrifice all my free time to try to complete my cs degree. All I wanted was for a kid to never experience the hell I had to put up with. But looks like we aren't getting that far...

      How many people have died on this forum? I guess maybe that is my lifes purpose at this point. To show the world how mistreating people and not helping them in fear of "addiction" or lawsuits leads to death.
       
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    18. noisebox
      Loved

      noisebox Member

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      You are lucky, 2 months is great. In the uk I have been on a list 6 months and been told it could a total of 18 months to get seen.
       
    19. undecided
      Fine

      undecided Member

      Location:
      Greece
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown.
      Ambien is pretty much a benzo. It might not be listed as one, but it does the same thing, more or less.
      Why did you refuse psychotic meds? You went to the doctor to get help or get clonazepam in particualar?

      You won't show a thing to anyone. You'll just be written off as another depression/psychotic statistic.

      The best thing you can do is go back to the doctor, calmly ask him what he is trying to achieve with each med he gave you and what you should expect from your treatment protocol in the following weeks.
      Appear calm and rational, tell him that you may need something very short term for the anxiety. All doctors know that anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers and ADs take some time to kick in. He won't possibly refuse some kind of benzo. Unless he identifies you as a suicide possibility, in which case he would have to be mad to prescribe you a med to easily OD on.
      Get your shit straight and go back to the doctor.
       
    20. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      They told me why. They said it would help with sleep and if the ringing is a psychotic event it may go away. They are treating my ringing like I'm hearing voices.

      They told me flat out they won't give benzos. Ever. The others the same. No not because I'm suicidal or something. The emergency ones said they aren't allowed to as I'm not an inpatient there (although one of them stated o. The second visit it is probably the only thing that would help me at this point). The GP won't because she doesn't prescribe them and readers people to psychiatrist. The psychiatrist won't because she feels people get addicted to them.

      They won't give them to me. And not because I'm asking outright. I don't ask for this or that drug. I state my issues and anxiety. They just flat out ignore my anxiety.

      I'm not going back there. For what? I can't just walk into a doctor's office without am appointment and demand they speak to me.
       
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    21. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Please don't give up on life as you see it at the moment.
      Life does change and how we see our life will change and could be for the better.

      Tinnitus is hard for most people myself included but the rest of my life is full of love and so much to live for.
      Please don't wish your life away and push for the support you need and make them listen that you desparatly need some support and medication.

      My dad passes away and he was the happiest dad on the planet and left a void know one can fill.
      Keep pushing for help and happiness will follow it it's own time and don't forget you are loved on here.....lots of love glynis
       
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    22. cornelius

      cornelius Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      several acoustic traumas, always physician denial
      Avoid psychdrugs, benzodiazepine's taper can be worse than heroin taper. Other psychdrugs can have long term effects like diabete, heart attacks, seizures, weight gain etc, and also can mimick crystal meth and ecstasy. They kill about half a million people every year in western world. I nearly died from a heart attack after my acoustic trauma when a psychiatrist told me the ringing and the hearing loss is "in your head" and nearly killed me with an antidepressant.

      Stay safe, make a retraining behavioral therapy along with hearing aids without drug and keep in mind that the next 1-2 decades will become concretely brighter for you.
       
    23. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      I'm sorry for your family loss and sorry if me talking about ending it brings in anything bad. Wish i could say more than that, but I'm not great with words for situations like that, so I hope you found peace in that situation though.

      Ive tried getting help. I'm not getting the help I need from the medical community though. I need meds to deal with the stress.

      I can't handle this much more. I missed work again today and probably ran out of PTO now.
       
    24. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      I've tried a psych person here. They didn't help me. Someone recommended a doctor in another city that has t. I would love to talk to him but don't know how to afford him. I don't have energy to figure out how to do it via insurance bill myself. Insurance won't cover.

      I missed work again after this next doctor gave no cares if my problems. Sorry I'm ready to go for the void. I can't wait 20 years for help.
       
    25. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      What!!
       
    26. undecided
      Fine

      undecided Member

      Location:
      Greece
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown.
      Sounds like your psychiatrist is a moron.
      Any chance you could visit a neurologist privately maybe? I understand that you may be in a tight spot, mentally and financially but you should do what's better for yourself and your health. Finding an understanding doctor is an important first step.
       
    27. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi jdjd09,
      I'm fine and your post fine too as its how you feel.
      I truly hope you get some support and medication as that would be neglect to your circumstances ...

      Keep on pushing for help as you deserve the best help at a time you really need it.


      Take care ....lots of love glynis xxx
       
    28. just1morething
      Benevolent

      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma from airplane descent, noise exposure? ETD? TMJD?
      Why don't you call the nurse of the Psychiatrist you've seen and tell her your situation. Diazepam, xanax, or clonazepam should do you for now. Tell them to set out a prescription for you as I believe benzos are controlled substances and they can't electronically send it to your pharmacy. If you plead with them they should understand.
       
    29. just1morething
      Benevolent

      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma from airplane descent, noise exposure? ETD? TMJD?
      @jdjd09, Sorry, I thought you've seen a psychiatrist already, maybe you have?
       
    30. jdjd09

      jdjd09 Member

      They won't. There is no nurse and the nurse wouldnt go against the psychiatrist anyways and threaten there job.

      Look I need fucking help. No one is helping me. Im ending this suffering soon. I need a doctor who can help me and I've seen four and none will give me a BENZO. I need help. I'm looking up ways to off myself because honestly this world doesn't care anymore and I'm too tired to help myself anymore. It's all a joke at this point.
       
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