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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Psychiatry (Definition)

Psychiatry is the field of medicine that deals with the study and ...Read more


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What kinda psychiatric problems happen to doctors?

What kinda psychiatric problems happen to doctors?

All kinds: I have seen doctors with every type of psychiatric problem and have heard of doctors who have schizophrenia. When I was a fellow in child & adolescent psychiatry at johns hopkins hospital, I had a patient who developed schizophrenia while in medical school. Doctors are in no way "immune" from all or any of the conditions which they might treat. ...Read more

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How to know if I need take psychiatric medicines or consult doctors for this type of anger?

How to know if I need take psychiatric medicines or consult doctors for this type of anger?

What type of anger?: I would need more details to answer this. If the anger is causing problems in relationships or work, it would be worth getting a professional consultation. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need take psychiatric medicines or consult doctors for this type of anger?

How do I know if I need take psychiatric medicines or consult doctors for this type of anger?

Anger: Not sure what type of anger presentation you are speaking of. However, given the limited info provided I would recommend an eval by a mental health professional to fully assess and make recommendations ...Read more

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Can a primary care doctor prescribe psychiatric meds?

Can a primary care doctor prescribe psychiatric meds?

Yes: Using medicines requires knowledge of doses, indications, adverse effects, and interactions with other medicines. ...Read more

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Do doctors ever mistake an endocrinological issue for a psychiatric one?

Do doctors ever mistake an endocrinological issue for a psychiatric one?

Evaluating symptoms: Endocrine conditions can certainly cause psychiatric symptoms. That's why screening tests like thyroid function studies are part of a standard psychiatric evaluation for depression, anxiety, etc. Part of the training to become a psychiatrist involves learning to discern, but mistakes can be made. There are also cases where these conditions coexist, and each needs treatment. ...Read more

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Child psychiatry doctors?

Child psychiatry doctors?

Child Psychiatry: Doctors specializing with treating children & adolescents had obtained board certification in general psychiatry & did extra training & certification to specialize in working with youngsters. ...Read more

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In a psychiatric practice can a PA change/adjust medications wthout the doctors approval?

In a psychiatric practice can a PA change/adjust medications wthout the doctors approval?

It is not: Uncommon for a physician's assistant to make adjustments of medications without a specific directive from a physician in a psychiatric practice. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can send you to a psychiatric facility?

What type of doctor can send you to a psychiatric facility?

Any type: It depends on local laws. In many locales, any doctor -- sometimes it takes two -- can arrange for a forced evaluation at an emergency room or a facility. But beyond the evaluation, there are typically safeguards which require additional assessments and decisions that continued hosipitalization is necessary. Often this requires a psychiatrist specifically, with prompt concurrence in days. ...Read more

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What to do if I have missed 3 doctor appointments at a psychiatric hospital?

What to do if I have missed 3 doctor appointments at a psychiatric hospital?

Missing Appointments: Missing appointments could mean that you are not very interested to maintain treatment, or you want to sabotage your improvement. Discussing that behavior with a therapist will be fruitful in understanding the psychological factors involved in not continuing with a treatment when you need it. If you have other problems (lack of transportation, no copay money) you can explain those to your treater. ...Read more

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Are emergency room and general practice doctors qualified to prescribe psychiatric medications?

Are emergency room and general practice doctors qualified to prescribe psychiatric medications?

Variable training: Any licensed physician may prescribe psychiatric medications -- but training and experience in diagnosing, selecting medications for specific patients, and managing side effects, varies. People often receive medicines initially from their pcp's, but if treatment gets difficult, they refer. Psychiatrists take 4-year residencies to develop expertise; many also do additional fellowship training. ...Read more

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Can a family physician prescribe derpression and psychiatry medicines?

Can a family physician prescribe derpression and psychiatry medicines?

Saves money but: Call me old fashioned but it does not mean it is such a good idea. More ok for family, general, internist, ob/gyn etc to refill antidepressants once a patient is doing well, as part of general health maintenance. I have seen enough prolonged suffering and missed opportunities to appreciate the down side. Worth it to get started with a good psychiatrist, then transition. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can prescribe a Cholinesterase inhibitor, is it a psychiatric? Neurological?

What type of doctor can prescribe a Cholinesterase inhibitor, is it a psychiatric? Neurological?

One with a licence: Any Doctor with a license to Prescribe medication can can Prescribe these medication. For example a Primary Care Doctor, a Geriatrician, an internist, a Neurologist, a Psychiatrist, etc. These medications are mainly used for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, but they have many other uses too. Certainly, a Neurologist would usually be the most educated/learned type of physician to. ...Read more

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Doc has put me on tapering dose of 60mg prednisolone for chronic migraine not resp. To drugs and partial resp. To Botox. He says that non resp. To prednisolone means my migaine is psychiatric. True?

Doc has put me on tapering dose of 60mg prednisolone for chronic migraine not resp. To drugs and partial resp. To Botox. He says that non resp. To prednisolone means my migaine is psychiatric. True?

Migraine treatment: There are many good medications for migraine treatment. Migraine is a serious and complex neurologic disorder. Today effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education 2) non-pharmacological management (diet, sleep hygiene, acupuncture) and 3) pharmacological (triptans, topamax, (topiramate) etc) management. Rec.:see orofacial pain or headache specialist. Hope it helps.
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Doc has put me on tapering dose of 60mg prednisolone for chronic migraine not resp. To drugs and partial resp. To Botox. He says that non resp. To prednisolone means my migaine is psychiatric. True?

Doc has put me on tapering dose of 60mg prednisolone for chronic migraine not resp. To drugs and partial resp. To Botox. He says that non resp. To prednisolone means my migaine is psychiatric. True?

Not true exactly: Prednisolone is not a common migraine treatment protocol. Often times there's also a underlying dietary, or food allergy source to migraine that can be exacerbating or causing continuous, chronic issues, along with stress. So it would be good to have a food allergy panel done with complement testing to rule out this possibility. Then look at other possible triggers. You don't want to be on chronic steroid treatment. ...Read more

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