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What is my best friend to do, every psychiatrist in GTA = "not accepting new patients"

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Unless the TV is talking to you or you are suicidal . Good luck getting a help in Ontario . There is a great shortage in mental health in Ontario . Even in jail the help is very scarce .
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As mentioned by previous responders, to obtain mental health services, your friend need a referral from a professional. You have been saying that your friend had be requesting to see a psychiatrist. Maybe it is your friend's family doctor's opinion that the service of a psychiatrist is not required by your friend at this time thus no referral.

His doctor, if familiar with dealing with people thinking they have mental health problems, may be used to referring patients to services all the time and then repeatedly see the same patients again saying the services are not helping.

That's why it would be nice if your friend sort of know what kind of mental health service he or she is looking for; however, the service he or she receive may be drastically different from what he or she is expecting. It may or may not help his or her situation at all. It can even make it worse.

As I said previously, brain and life is complicated.
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Yes, you need a referral to see a psych. Tell your buddy to go to his GP and get a referral. Of course if you call their offices directly they wont answer. They prolly get 100 calls a day for everything and give the typical "not accepting patients". But give them a referral and it's ding, ding, ding.. a slot opens in a week or two.
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lemmiwinks wrote:
Dec 9th, 2017 12:07 pm
If he is enrolled in a University, they usually have mental health resources through the school, for free. I understand there are differences between psychotherapists/social workers/psychologists and psychiatrists, but it could be a good starting point.
Yes some uni's do offer mental health resources often tied to uni's which have medical schools on campus such as UofT. However, most are just training grounds for grad students and fresh Phd's who are there just to get hours under the belts. They dont care about potential patients and you become a number until you get pissed off and leave. They are not serious and just give the brush off attitude like your wasting their time. Agreed, they are a good starting point to see what specialist would fit the patient's needs.
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Poppwl wrote:
Jan 24th, 2018 3:10 am
As mentioned by previous responders, to obtain mental health services, your friend need a referral from a professional. You have been saying that your friend had be requesting to see a psychiatrist. Maybe it is your friend's family doctor's opinion that the service of a psychiatrist is not required by your friend at this time thus no referral.

His doctor, if familiar with dealing with people thinking they have mental health problems, may be used to referring patients to services all the time and then repeatedly see the same patients again saying the services are not helping.

That's why it would be nice if your friend sort of know what kind of mental health service he or she is looking for; however, the service he or she receive may be drastically different from what he or she is expecting. It may or may not help his or her situation at all. It can even make it worse.

As I said previously, brain and life is complicated.
he's already told me he's gone to his family doctor and that his family gp said the psychiatrists he refers ppl to haven't been accepting patients for more than a year and still currently arent.

i am hoping to find a solution here to help my friend. maybe to go out of the gta?
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He can always ask to be put on a waitlist to see a psychiatrist. That's a start.

In the meantime, he will just have to wait. You have to stop repeating the same problem there's nothing rfd ppl can do for you. None of us are psychiatrists but we all have life experiences.

Just make sure your friend is eating well, leaving the house and sleep.
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anvil01 wrote:
Jan 28th, 2018 3:27 am
he's already told me he's gone to his family doctor and that his family gp said the psychiatrists he refers ppl to haven't been accepting patients for more than a year and still currently arent.

i am hoping to find a solution here to help my friend. maybe to go out of the gta?
Can he ask his dr for a referral to physchiatrists elsewhere? His GP shouldn't refuse just because the ones he usually refers to have a long wait list. FWIW a friend of mine didn't have to wait that long to see a psychiatrist for OCD/post partum depression issues. Maybe two months max?

Keep asking around. Maybe call up CAMH and see what advice they have?
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I'm pretty sure your GP cannot ethically OR legally refuse to refer you if you need the help. The onus is on them. Now if their professional evaluation is that it's not necessary that's another matter. If you disagree with the assessment then you find another doctor for a second opinion.
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