Dear Mocha delight~
I've been reading though your posts and think you have done exactly the right thing in seeing your GP in that 40 minute consultation and that it has worked out well, worth waiting for. The fact you typed out a list of symptoms would have made things easier for both of you. I find face-to-face I forget things or sometimes even leave them out because they are embarrassing and frightening. Handing over paper is so much easier.
It's also easier for the doctor, as there is a list to work from.
Starting on a low dose with a review in a week shows a really professional attitude by your doctor, new meds should be well supervised, as is happening here. If you suddenly find you are having a very bad reaction of any sort do not hesitate to make contact before the week is up.
It can be a comfort to know there are further steps that can be taken, both in relation to the level of medication, and also having a psychologist available if needed. Pretty good!
You have had many trials in your life to face, more than most, and the fact you have persevered and tried to help yourself wherever possible is a great example to others. Hopefully in time you will get a job, maybe hospitality -a certificate 3 is a sign of perseverance and determination , maybe something else. Not only does it help with money but if you are like me is a source of identity and satisfaction.
Incidentally I find the same app as Nurse Jenn mentioned - Smiling Mind - is excellent with practice, and takes my mind away and helps me relax.
To change the subject for a moment, may I ask about the picture of the cat, is it yours? I've one called Sumo Cat (because he is huge) and he spends most of his time in the exact same position as the one in the picture, flat out snoozing
We all hope to here from you again