A 48-year-old female asked:
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friend has severe depression & eating disorder, had serious suicide attempt and is isolating more but doctor won't prescribe medication, what can i do?

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Dr. Eloise Potenza
18 years experience Clinical Psychology
Immediate ER visit: With this combination of symptoms, especially the suicidality, I would recommend bringing your friend to the hospital for evaluation immediately. Following evaluation to maintain their safety, definitely find a psychiatrist of psychiatric nurse practitioner who can prescribe medications, as well as a therapist.
Answered on May 2, 2017
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Friend with problems: I am assuming the suicide attempt did not just occur. What type of doctor is your friend seeing. Most psychologists and other types of therapists do not prescribe medications. Has your friend been completely candid with her doctor about her symptoms? That is important. If your friend has not seen a psychiatrist for medication management - would recommend that.
Answered on May 2, 2017

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