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Anxiety But Don’t Know How to Ask My Mom (a Psychiatrist) for Treatment

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I’ve had anxiety attacks since middle school. I have no idea why. I could be having the most amazing time and I could break down. I’ve also had some suicidal thoughts. It happened in the end of eighth grade then stopped then now they come and go. I want to tell my mom I want help with it but she’ll say she can help cause she’s a psychiatrist but I want someone else but I don’t know how to tell her I want actual help from someone I don’t know. My anxiety takes over my times I’m having fun or times I’m trying to sleep. I never know when it will happen or why.

Anxiety But Don’t Know How to Ask My Mom (a Psychiatrist) for Treatment

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You are assuming that your mother will suggest that she act as your therapist but perhaps not. Most mental health professionals recognize the problems inherent with treating family members. In fact, licensing boards have developed a code of ethics that professionals are obligated to follow.

The American Medical Association, an organization of which your mother might be a member, writes the following about this matter:

“Physicians generally should not treat themselves or members of their immediate families. Professional objectivity may be compromised when an immediate family member or the physician is the patient; the physician’s personal feelings may unduly influence his or her professional medical judgment, thereby interfering with the care being delivered … Family members may be reluctant to state their preference for another physician or decline a recommendation for fear of offending the physician. In particular, minor children will generally not feel free to refuse care from their parents …”

Anxiety But Don’t Know How to Ask My Mom (a Psychiatrist) for Treatment

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

APA Reference
Randle, K. (2018). Anxiety But Don’t Know How to Ask My Mom (a Psychiatrist) for Treatment. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2014/08/26/anxiety-but-dont-know-how-to-ask-my-mom-a-psychiatrist-for-treatment/
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