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How appropriate or inappropriate is it to give your psychiatrist a birthday gift?

How appropriate or inappropriate is it to give your psychiatrist a birthday gift?

It's up to you: If the psychiatrist sees you for psychotherapy, he/she should invite you to reflect on the meaning of giving the gift, thus using it to further your treatment. Usually gifts of value are politely declined, while inexpensive or symbolic gifts (eg, a handmade card) are often accepted. Same goes for a "meds" treatment, but without the exploration. It's certainly appropriate not to give a gift! ...Read more

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What to do if my psychiatrist prescribed me topiramax for bipolar and my birthday is coming up so i wanted to know is it ok if i drink?

What to do if my psychiatrist prescribed me topiramax for bipolar and my birthday is coming up so i wanted to know is it ok if i drink?

It is not wise to: Combine psychiatric medications with alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant and may change how your medication works for you. Consult with the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i see a psychiatrist and she won't give me meds i need for anxiety because I have had a few duis. Can she judge me like that?

What do you advise if i see a psychiatrist and she won't give me meds i need for anxiety because I have had a few duis. Can she judge me like that?

Loaded Question: I assume you are asking about benzodiazapines. A provider is ultimately responsible for prescribing medications safely. Prescribing benzodiazapines to someone with a serious alcohol problem is in some ways like handing the person a drink. If you drive intoxicated with benzodiazapines or benzos plus alcohol - someone might be killed on the road. ...Read more

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My psychiatrist swears during our sessions and tells me to stop giving a sh*t about the things I worry about... Is that normal?

Probably: However, if you are bothered by his or her use of profanity you should be encouraged to say so and to request otherwise. Ultimately this is be a matter for you to explore regarding your particular rapport or lack of it; and it may include your choice to find a psychiatrist more in tune with you. ...Read more

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I am suffering from OCD from past 5 to 6 years.I am tried of telling my problem to ever other psychiatrist but whatever I do there is no improvement in my condition. I am unable to give my 100% in any task.My studies have deteriorated,I can't do anything

I am suffering from OCD from past 5 to 6 years.I am tried of telling my problem to ever other psychiatrist but whatever I do there is no improvement in my condition. I am unable to give my 100% in any task.My studies have deteriorated,I can't do anything

OCD: I'm sorry to hear all your suffering. Write out your history as best you can and consider a consult with a HealthTap doctor. Has "OCD" been officially diagnosed? Also, speak with your pcp and ask for advice. Ask for referral to a non-physician mental health professional for coping/guidance. See if you can get extended time for school work by talking to school advisor. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Do psychiatrists give or interpret psychological tests?

Do psychiatrists give or interpret psychological tests?

Psychological tests: can be given by psychiatrists but not as often as by clinical psychologists, who specialize in psychological assessment. Clinical psychologists use a wide variety of measurement instruments and may sub-specialize in neuropsych testing, personality assessment, intellectual assessment, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Are psychiatrists trained to give both therapy and medication?

Are psychiatrists trained to give both therapy and medication?

Yes.: But clinical practices vary among psychiatrists. Some are more skilled at "therapy" than others. And, some do not do regular therapy themselves, but refer out for this. Often, the patient's insurance restrictions make it very difficult to get ongoing therapy from your treating psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I find psychiatrists only want to give prescriptions vs helping in the real sense.... Is this true?

I find psychiatrists only want to give prescriptions vs helping in the real sense.... Is this true?

They want to help: When i started in psychiatry over 50 years ago there were few meds and we thought only analysis got to the root of the problems. Lithium changed things--a natural salt that controlled a major psychiatric illness.The penduluum swung toward medicine. It's still in this direction and since you have to be an md to prescribe psychiatrists are associated with meds psychiatrists are also ttherapists. ...Read more

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Why do some psychiatrists give psychotherapy if they studied human biology and medicine and not psychology?

Why do some psychiatrists give psychotherapy if they studied human biology and medicine and not psychology?

We study both: Some of us studied psychology in college, before medical school. And some psychiatry residencies (training AFTER medical school) emphasize psychotherapy, although most don't anymore. Those of us who come from such programs, or who have had additional training afterwards, include psychotherapy as an important part of what we offer our patients. ...Read more

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