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A 18-year-old male asked:

i really think i have something other than anxiety, depression. how to make sure you get the proper diagnoses when going to your psychiatrist?

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Dr. Earle Williams
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Psychologist: The best way to pin point the cause of a psychological disorder is to have a clinical psychologist do a battery of psychological testing. Psychiatrists do not do psychological testing. Generally, what they do is give a diagnosis and try a variety of drugs until they find one that works. Drugs do not cure. Cure is in talking therapy.

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