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Psychiatric evaluation

  • By Still Smiling

    …so I pulled my prophylactic in July for conception reasons. At the time I was worried that my migraines would revert to a pre-diagnosis frequency, but my neurologist was of the attitude ‘well cross that bridge when we come to it. 2 months later and im basically having a 2-3 week long migraine. Given the high frequency I’ve been to the A+E dept 5/6 times in 2 weeks. Not ideal. Not my choice.

    I received a call today from my GP, asking to come in for an app. I go and at first he didn’t know why I’d been called in (!), Then he said he wanted to discuss the fact the hospital had booked a psychiatrist app for ‘pseudo-seizures’. At this point I don’t know if.i should be offended or just roll with it. My migraines usually involve an intense head pain, where if it worsens I’ll black out and my or may not have a seizure. These are non-epileptic in nature and self-limiting – i’ve never said otherwise!!

    I was wondering anyone else been to a psychiatrist for migraine (!)?

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Still Smiling,

    Thank you for your question. There are a number of headache/migraine centers that require a psychological evaluation as part of their treatment plan. If it were me I’d want an accurate diagnosis so I could get the correct treatment.

    Having said that, I’m a firm believer in (occasional) counseling for those of us with chronic illness.

    Hopefully others will be along to share their experiences with you.


  • By Anonymous

    I studied psych in grad school. I have many friends who are mental health professionals at all levels.

    Can tell you this: If you go to a psychiatrist, you will walk out with a psych diagnosis. That’s what they do. They seem to believe everyone but themselves are mentally ill.

    Now, the big secret is, most of them – the mental health professionals themselves – are mentally ill. That’s why they have such an interest in mental health issues.

    Given the above, I would not give them a moment of my life or any information. Last thing I need is for one of them to start a file on me.

    …and, now you know why I am a mathematician rather than a mental health professional. I tired of their games.

  • By Ronan

    Maybe call before your appointment and ask why you were called in. You don’t need to go, you can ask for a second opinion. Let your doctor know that the stress of this situation could bring on a migraine attack.

    Best I have.

    Take Care


  • By Anonymous

    Still Smiling, I am wondering how your situation turned out? Maybe you gained some useful information?