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Your mental health questions answered by consultant psychiatrist Dr Ali Ajaz.
Our expert - Dr Ali Ajaz MBBS BSc MRCPsych
Specialising in forensic psychiatry, Dr Ajaz trained in London at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine. His interests include cultural psychiatry and medical education.
He completed his core training in Kent and then sub-specialised in the field of forensic psychiatry. In 2011, he became a member of the Public Education Committee at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a year later he was selected as the Podcast Editor for the College. In 2013, he completed a Fellowship in Medical Education at the North East London NHS Foundation Trust and became an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Bart’s and the London Medical School. He is currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at the University of Bedfordshire.
Dr Ajaz is currently working a medium secure psychiatric hospital in London.
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I feel like I've been suffering from depression and anxiety from a young age, but when I was at high school, I was confident about going and asking my guidance teacher for help, but she just laughed in my face and told me I was being stupid, so I never asked for help again. I have a background story, but I won't bore you with it. I'm 18 now, and these 'feelings and thoughts' i guess, just keep getting worse. Sometimes I can't even get out of bed in the morning. I've never told anyone because I...
I was estranged from my mother when I was two by courts in Mississippi. I never saw her again until I was 30, and she told me everything I was told about her was a lie. My paternal grandmother who is now dying of leukemia was the culprit in these lies, and it has been difficult to deal with this shock. For the past few days, no matter how much sleep I get I wake up un-rested, tense, and miserable. I take meds for depression, and psychotic disorder. I was diagnosed schizophrenic. My body is...
I wish to be in a unit because it's my last option now. I am struggling with everyday life in and out of school. I do not have the courage or the knowledge to ask my mum or Councillor so wondered if anyone had any advice or knew how I could get referred to one.
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