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My psychiatrist wants blood tests and EKG on me- I'm scared!

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Old 08-07-2008, 03:37 PM   #1
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My psychiatrist wants blood tests and EKG on me- I'm scared!

My psychiatrist has told me that he wants me to have blood tests and EKG done regularly due to the Risperdal Consta I'm on. I've already had EKG before Risperdal, and my former psychiatrist told me that's it, and no more blood tests either, but then I had to go from child psychiatry to adult psychiatry, and then they want all possible tests done on me.

Problem is, I'm so scared of all these tests, and it makes me think about quitting treatment, because I don't want to be tested twice a year.

I'm always having someone I trust, with me when I have EKG and blood tests done, but that doesn't remove my anxiety.

Former tests have shown nothing unusual, everything is as it should be, and I'd really like my shrink to look at me as a human being.

It's like everything is more rough in adult psychiatry than in child psychiatry, I can't stand it! I may be 22 years old, but I'm no more than 5 years old mentally.

Why are adult psychiatrists so much more rough and cynical? I want to go back to child psychiatry!

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Old 08-08-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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Re: My psychiatrist wants blood tests and EKG on me- I'm scared!

Having gone through several different psychiatrists(for various reasons, mostly incompetence) if I were you, I would be very happy that your psychiatrist wants to keep your serum blood levels and heart montitored regularly !
There are way too many Dr's out there that just prescibe the meds, see a person every couple of months for 10 minutes and never bother to do proper follow up tests.
...and your right, Dr's who treat adults do tend to be..."more straightforward". In childrens pysychiatry there is more of a sugar coated attitude, as a great majority of the information goes to the parents, rather than the child.
The reason these tests need to be run are due to many factors, if you look up your particular medication you will see what possible side-effects may occur from that drug. Your Dr is simply making sure to catch any problems that might pop up.
...and if you actually like your Dr, and you feel that they are listening, then hold on to that Dr, the ones that truly care seem to run about 50% who care, and 50% who are in it for the paycheck.
But above anything else, do not quit treatment, I am not sure of your actual condition, but trust me on this, as someone who has tried to "self-control" my meds, and tried to convince myself that I didnt need help, or that I was smarter than the Dr, and didnt need them. Keep up your visits, if your not happy with that particular Dr, find another one, but DO NOT just stop your treatment, I went for almost 35yrs without treatment, and my life fell apart, if I had of had treatment way back when, my life would have been completely different.
Your very young, dont let life pass you by just because you dont like a few tests.
I hope that might lessen some of your fears...and if it brought up new fears, please tell me, so that I can explain some of the reasons for what might be happening.
Stay Strong !

Old 08-09-2008, 05:00 PM   #3
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Re: My psychiatrist wants blood tests and EKG on me- I'm scared!

Your doctor is giving you these tests because he wants to make sure you're healthy and well. He's looking out for your best interest. Don't quit treatment- I know that you don't like the tests, but going through testing twice a year is a lot better than where you would probably be with out treatment.

Old 08-09-2008, 06:19 PM   #4
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Re: My psychiatrist wants blood tests and EKG on me- I'm scared!

Sounds like your doctor is doing his job.
I can understand your concerns---but it's important for the doctor to know what is going on.
For him to be ordering tests like this is a good thing.
Good luck!

Old 08-13-2008, 03:01 PM   #5
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Re: My psychiatrist wants blood tests and EKG on me- I'm scared!

You shouldn't be afraid of the testing. It's just checking your levels. Nearly all psychs do testing regularly. For certain medications, it's necessary for your health.

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