Thanks for your reply again also. I appreciate it, and you're welcome for me replying to you.
I'm glad you've found support at BB, that's great to hear, but I'm so sorry that you've had a bad Psychiatrist. I was lucky, without trying to brag, this Psychiatrist is the first one I've seen and in the first session I knew he was the right therapist for me.
I get your point about the GP, but unfortunately I've never felt as close to a GP as I do with this Psychiatrist, which is odd. Yeah my GP is good but not as helpful as my Psychiatrist, that's how I feel at least anyway. Everyone's different.
I really hope you can find a good Psychiatrist and/or other therapist, I'm so sorry that you've been through all of that. If it makes you feel any better, I know how you feel with bad professionals, that's what's happened with previous Psychologists I've had to the point I've given up with them, and the rude guy on the phone at the local triage I called yesterday. He refused to help and speak to me and that's the first time I've contacted a triage so that was upsetting and hurtful. Not sure why he was like that, I was polite to him and just asked if I could come in for some support. I asked my Psychiatrist this before I spoke to them.
yeah I guess if I ever see him in person for a session I could try and ask, but who knows if that will happen. He's in Sydney and I'm in Regional VIC, so that's a 6 hour drive, not sure how long to fly. But I'd like to go for a bit of a holiday to Sydney sometime and try to see if he'd book me in for a face to face session, but that's fine either way. Seems like a nice place.
As for the regulations, I'm not too sure what they are, but like you mentioned, I understand that they're afraid of breaking the patient's personal space and in fear of doing something wrong for people who don't like affection and being touched etc because of trauma. Totally understandable, and quite sad really. But every patient and therapist is different, it depends. I just think he may be friendly enough to hug and hold my hand or another patients. I know it's an awkward question, my apologies. I don't mean it in a creepy and odd way, so I'm sorry about that. Just curious to see people's different answers.
Thanks for reading my other posts, I also appreciate that. Thank you, I hope it improves for me too, and I really hope things improve for you also. Best of luck with everything, please take care. I'm thinking of you.
And nice about the username.