Common Questions

What is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a qualified medical doctor with additional specialist training and qualifications in mental health. They are skilled in recognising and diagnosing specific mental health difficulties and disorders based on the symptoms you experience.  A psychiatrist will review your symptoms, your medical and developmental history and your physical health, and consider whether any medication may be beneficial for you, either in the short or the long term. They will be able to assess whether any medication is contra-indicated or is likely to interact with other medications you are taking. At Edinburgh Psychiatry we will consult, diagnose, and prescribe according to the scientific evidence base for effective treatments.
I'm not sure what my difficulties are or what support I need, what should I do?
Speak to your GP initially if you are finding it hard to understand your difficulties and what support you might need. If you want to access support from Edinburgh Psychiatry, fill in our online self-referral form with as many details as you can, and we will review it to see if we can offer you an initial appointment to discuss things further.
Are the sessions confidential?
All of our sessions are completely confidential. Information will not be given to family members, universities, friends, or your GP, without your explicit consent. However, if we judge from information you provide to us that you or someone else is at immediate risk of coming to harm, we have a legal duty of care to break confidentiality in order to ensure your safety or the safety of others. Any personal data is stored on fully GDPR compliant electronic software accessible only by Edinburgh Psychiatry. Please refer to our terms and conditions for full details around confidentiality and GDPR issues.
How long does treatment/ support last?
Psychological intervention can range from a few sessions to a few years, depending on an individual’s needs and preferences. A standard assessment can take approximately 2 to 3 sessions.
support Resources

Crisis Support

Edinburgh Psychiatry aims to provide timely support and treatment to all our clients. Currently we do not have the facility to offer emergency help, however, we have compiled a list of useful resources operating in Edinburgh, or nationwide, many which offer a crisis service.

NHS 24
This is an emergency assessment service based at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital and The Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.
Tel: – 111 (24 hr)
Mental Health Assessment Service
Nurse led team based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Tel: – 0131 537 6000 (24 hr)‍
PAPYRUS UK is a charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35) in the UK. Call now for free:
Tel: 0800 068 4141
Shout 85258
Shout is a free text messaging service which provides 24/7 support for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.
Text: 85258
Breathing space
A free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
Tel: 0800 83 85 87
If you just want to speak with someone over the phone and are feeling suicidal or need emotional support, you can call Edinburgh Samaritans.
Tel: 0131 221 9999 or 116 123 (09:00 – 22:00)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
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