I have an excellent GP, but sometimes I feel she doesn't really understand how bad I am.
Because I plan things which involve meeting people with shared interests - e.g. Christianity, rats and photography, and do some 'computer buddy' time at the library, she thinks I am an extrovert! I'm really far from it, and find social situations - unless I can be 'in control' - very stressful. I am very interested in the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, which I have done twice formally, and each time come out as ISTJ - all pretty strongly - especially the 'J' - apart from my writing I have little concept of spontaneity and much prefer planning, closure and detail. To help me see 'the big picture' I am increasingly using Mind Maps (as described in Tony Buzan's books.)
She also says I 'cope well' because I have plans to address some areas which contribute to my depression:
- cluttering (coping VERY badly!)
- pet problems
- use of helplines
- internet use
She has referred me to the 'old age' CMHT - I'm waiting to hear from them, but I really feel that, because I take a logical, practical approach to things she doesn't realise how much of the time I struggle with suicidal ideation etc.
Does anyone else find this?