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Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
Psychiatrists : Psychiatrists have gone to medical school just like surgeons and family practice doctors. That education has given them the knowledge of physiology a ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Kibrick
45 years experience Clinical Psychology
Ask your doctor: Shirley, most primary care MDs (GPs) in the U.S. will prescribe an initial dose of an antidepressant, often an SSRI medication, to their patients on t ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Gallo
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Little improvement: When you are not getting better, you need to question the quality of the relationship with your therapist and if your therapist is helping you to achi ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Warren Kriedman
46 years experience Psychiatry
Psychiatrists are MD: After graduating college & graduating a 4 years medical school, one obtains a md degree.Psychiatry is subspecialty of medicine. The md completes anot ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Ann Block
31 years experience General Practice
Depends: They both could be doctors. Psychologists can be phd's, while the other might be a do or md. Do's & md's can write prescriptions but psychologists can ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Location, location..: You'll need to check for your State's laws on this. Some may allow it, but many don't and it changes over the years. The professional will likely know ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Uhrich
35 years experience Psychiatry
Yes!: Therapists help us with all kinds of things, including social skills and creating/maintaining relationships.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
A variety: Antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics and mood stabilizers are some.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Holmes
33 years experience Child Psychiatry
Yes: The majority of scripts for psychiatric medicines are written by primary care physicians. Some pcps are less comfortable with using these meds but wil ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Opioids: The simple answer is YES - but this really depends on the mental capacity of the person and what the findings are on exam. Also important is the avail ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Some do, some don't: Many pediatricians are very comfortable evaluating for and managing mild, uncomplicated depression. Some of us have had additional training in this a ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Nicora
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Psy vs psy: Psychology (phd or psyd) versus psychiatry (md).
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Considine
29 years experience Family Medicine
Understanding: Most importantly is to help your family member by understanding them and their condition first. They need your support and empathy most of all because ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience General Practice
Neurologist: I would suggest an adult neurologist and they can prescribe medications as well.
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Greg Hinson
26 years experience Family Medicine
Either, really...: ...But i would suggest you go with the doctor you have the most trust in. It's not going to be an easy thing to do, so you might as well go into it wi ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Archibald
36 years experience Psychiatry
Yes they can : Any physician can prescribe psychiatric medicines. If one has been evaluated and treated by a specialist, and is mentally stable, then i see no reason ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Bordini
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
Depends: Inpatient psychiatric is expensive, and simple mental illness and unemployment would likely not be enough to meet hospital criteria. Community mental ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Dr. TRUC DAO answered
36 years experience Psychiatry
Treatment 4 soc anx: Ssri as prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, xelexa... Can be used a single agent or combined with one or more other meds depending on gravity of anxie ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
No, not on Healthtap: but if you are having problems with your mood, discuss with your family doctor who may Rx or refer you to a psychiatrist. Medications definitely have ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
Experience: Fibromyalgia is a complex, poorly understood chronic disorder for which there is no specific cure. It often affects mood and self image, which is whe ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Sleep Medicine: This should not be done by a psychiatrist, in general, but by a sleep medicine specialist.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kerry Ragain
23 years experience Clinical Psychology
Probably, yes.: College is a stressful, arduous endeavor even in the best of circumstances. A psychiatrist can almost certainly work with you to help alleviate your ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience Psychiatry
Yes, in the US: I practice psychotherapy regularly and like to divide my day up between cases that are primarily psychopharmacological management and those that also ... Read More

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