5th August, 2012
Q: For quite some time now my neighbours have been giving us a lot of problems. We have sought help from friends and relatives but nothing came out of it. They are too scared my neighbours will retaliate.
I have spoken to my school counsellor. But I can’t afford to always go to her or talk over and over again over the phone. I also feel chest pain when I talk for too long.
The counsellor has suggested I see a psychiatrist. I believe there is a misunderstanding somewhere.
Please help or find someone who can help me.
A: I am not sure about whether you mean the misunderstanding is between your family and your neighbours or that between you and the counsellor. I suspect there may be other underlying problems.
But you will do well to follow the advice given by counsellors. If it’s inconvenient for you to see your school counsellor repeatedly, you could seek help from the Befrienders.
The counsellors who work for the Befrienders are there to help and no harm will come to you if you went to talk to them personally.
Psychiatrists deal with stress, personality and behaviourial problems, besides treating people for mental illness.
So, please do not feel badly about seeking help from someone who may be able to assist you in sorting the confusion you are experiencing.
For your chest pain, the doctor who sees you for that can make a referral, if you tell him you need specialized assistance. Please do it soon.