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A 29-year-old female asked:

Do and can primary care physicians prescribe antidepressents (ssri's) or do you have to go to psychiatric doctor in order to get it prescribed ?

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Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Yes: Primary care providers do prescribe multiple classes of antidepressant medications. Referrals to a psychiatrist are often made based on the patient's preference or if acuity of mental health needs and followup requirements are beyond the ability of the the primary care provIder.

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Last updated Jun 26, 2015

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