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A 33-year-old member asked:

what will a general practitioner do if i have harmed my self?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Depends: What harm have you done. A general physician will take your history, examine you and treat accordingly. Testing may be necessary and procedures may need to be done. Hopefully you have a trusting relationship with your pcp and cand discuss issues with him or her and not worry. I hope you have not harmed yourself badly and that you seek care.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Self harm: The doctor will likely ask you if you have thoughts of killing yourself. Your wounds should be checked to see if basic medical care is need. A referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist is likely.

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but I have a few who are 'general practice'. Whats the difference?

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What can a 'general practice' doctor not do?

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