A 19-year-old male asked:
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how, and what should i say to my doctor to get a referral to the psychiatrist?

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Dr. Charles Barnhart
47 years experience Psychiatry
That's easy: Doctors refer to psychiatrists all the time. Don't be embarrassed. Explain that you think you need to see someone with more expertise than a family doctor. I've yet to meet a primary care doctor who takes offense at a request for a psychiatric referral. So muster up your courage and go ask. Good luck.
Answered on Mar 24, 2013
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Let's both wish are correspondent good luck. Many people resist the idea of getting seen. He's making a wise choice that is likely to lead him to learning new life-skills and being a far more effective and happy person.
Mar 24, 2013
Dr. Robert Olsen
50 years experience Psychiatry
Speak up!: The most important thing is to just say it. You can start by describing your concerns/worries briefly and how/that they are distressing you or causing problems/suffering for you. Speak up whether or not your doc has tried to help you. She/he will be ready to refer you, and will be impressed with your candor. So speak up!
Answered on May 13, 2016
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Simply ask: Share with your doctor what's happening inside that has you concerned about yourself -- and why you want to see a psychiatrist. Your doctor cares about all of you, not just your physical self. S/he knows that some problems require more time and specialized listening than might be available in a primary care practice. S/he will want you to have whatever help you need to feel better.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013

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