Reply To: Jumping to conclusions about my son
I think it’s definitely worth taking him to the GP. If your son is old enough, be sure to get his input too. I took my daughter (15) to the GP a few weeks ago. She had already spoken to a counsellor from the childline webchat about how she was feeling and they recommended she see the GP for possible OCD and anxiety.
She wrote down a list of things that she wanted to mention, from behaviours to how she felt, then asked me if there was anything I thought she’d missed.
When we were at the appointment, she had the list out and went through it point by point, the GP then brought up a tick box questionnaire and went through that.
The questionnaire was really simple, it was a tick box one that the GP filled out from the information we’d spoken about then asked about any points that weren’t covered.
I think it was important to be prepared, the list meant we didn’t forget anything or the impact it was having so I’d definitely recommend this.
You can ask for a referral to children’s mental health services regardless of how seriously the GP takes you but I think they’ll generally take you seriously. If you feel they haven’t, ask to see a different GP until you feel you’ve been listened to.