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Is this a normal depression question from GP? Im very worried.

(10 Posts)
Iusedtobehappy Wed 22-Jun-16 19:13:31

At review for ADs and in discussion about my anxiety the GP asked me about SH, and then "what about the children?" I hesitated and stared at her trying to work out what she meant. She said "do you think about hurting your children?".

Which i absolutely don't. Never have.

But I'm horrified now. That I hesitated. And that she asked. Is there a link between the 2 things?

I have recently indicated to a health visitor that I would like to talk. I figured any help was sensible. But now I'm worried.

Overated Wed 22-Jun-16 19:19:13

GP has to ask. Not very sensitive, but not personal either. I know it's horrible; took DD to A&E last week after I had accidentally fell onto her and she hit her head on the door frame...and DD was asked if I had caused the injury in anger or by accident shock They have to check that children are ok. I'm sure she saw you were horrified. Try not to worry.

lookbeforeyouleap Wed 22-Jun-16 19:29:17

Ocd can cause that type of disturbing thoughts. I would imagine that they are checking your symptoms to properly diagnose you. I wouldn't worry.

Iusedtobehappy Wed 22-Jun-16 19:34:59

Ok. I don't think I've been asked before.

I completely understand safeguarding concerns so not annoyed, more concerned that she thought she had reason to ask.

dangermouseisace Wed 22-Jun-16 20:40:28

they've always got to ask. I get asked on a regular basis by various MH people/GP. Don't worry about it.

Iusedtobehappy Wed 22-Jun-16 20:44:57

So it's not specific to SH?.That's the link I was worried about. I really wish I could rewind being so honest.
Maybe I haven't realised I've been asked before.

ExcellentWorkThereMary Wed 22-Jun-16 20:46:57

Ive been asked "do you think about hurting yourself or others?" Frequently

dangermouseisace Wed 22-Jun-16 20:54:30

they've got to ask. If anything, god forbid, happened they would have to go to court/inquest. And they would get asked if the person involved had said something about hurting themselves/others. And if they said no, and then they got asked, "Did you ask specifically?" and if they said no then they would be seen to have failed in their duty as a professional. So, don't take it personally flowers

Iusedtobehappy Wed 22-Jun-16 21:32:47

Thank you. I worry so much about how mental health problems affect my ability to parent. Ive been very open about that fear. I was worried that my honesty and desire for someone to make sure we/they are ok might backfire.

So its good to know it's a routine question.

Letmehaveausername Wed 22-Jun-16 21:40:07

luse the fact that you're so open means they'll actually be less concerned about you being any sort of risk to your child/ren but still need to ask the questions anyway. That's been my experience a lot at least.

I'm sure you're doing better than you think too flowers

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