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What is the best way to ask my doctor for a referral to a psychologist?

What is the best way to ask my doctor for a referral to a psychologist?

Describe symptoms: Describe your symptoms to your doctor and ask him/her if a referral is appropriate. He/she may recommend medical tests first to rule out a non-psychiatric condition. ...Read more

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How would be the best way to go about approaching your doctor for a referal to see a psychologist?

Ask: If you are embarrassed that is normal. You might want to consider doing it via email if that is an option and it makes you feel more comfortable. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do any psychologist know of a referral to a psychologist in GTA, Ontario, Canada? Greater Toronto area.

Psychologist referra: You have several options for help: Your family doc, your local psychological association, a licensed psychologist in the phone book, a friend who has seen a psychologist, clergy. A personal referral from someone who knows a psychologist is best but others work too. If the first one does not feel like a good fit try another. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If you are seeing a psychologist and GP who does medication, then how does a referral to a psychiatrist change things, why would this be necessary ?

If you are seeing a psychologist and GP who does medication, then how does a referral to a psychiatrist change things, why would this be necessary  ?

More expertise: Psychiatrists are specialists with years of specialty training including psychopharmacology that a GP does not have. A GP is trained to refer to a specialist for many reasons if the patient requires more expertise, eg. surgery, GI, neurology etc. We specialists often work closely with a GP to give patients the best possible care. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How, and what should I say to my doctor to get a referral to the psychiatrist?

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! ...Read more

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Do you need a doctor referral to see an endocrinologists? I have insurance if that makes a difference.

Do you need a doctor referral to see an endocrinologists? I have insurance if that makes a difference.

It depends on: your insurance plan. Some may require a referral from your primary care doc in order to see a specialist, others may not. Is your problem clearly an endocrinologic one? It may help to begin with your PCP in any case. ...Read more

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I was told i need a referral to see a pain doc? I made an appt with the pain doc before my pcp for neck pain. What should I do? Felt pcp couldn't help

I was told i need a referral to see a pain doc? I made an appt with the pain doc before my pcp for neck pain. What should I do? Felt pcp couldn't help

Neck pain: Cervical radiculopathy refers to an inflammation of a nerve root in the neck. The radiculopathy is usually from a herniated disc or a bone spur compressing the nerve and sometimes the spinal cord. It is prudent to see a neurosurgeon and obtain an MRI of the cervical spine prior to receiving a cortisone shot in the neck from a pain management physician. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor does an endoscopy and do you need a referral to see one?

What kind of doctor does an endoscopy and do you need a referral to see one?

Depends on: Where you are and what your insurance plan requires. Usually upper endoscopy looking at your esophagus, stomach and duodenum is done by a specialist, ie a gastroenterologist. Colonoscopy is done by a specialist, either GI or colon and rectal surgeon and some general surgeons in some areas of the country. If your ins plan requires a referral to a specialist, see your pcp to obtain one beforehand. ...Read more

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Should i stay with a doctor that keeps guessing around with my health without further evaluation or referral to an speciallist though i'm paying?

Confidence important: The strong relationship between a doctor and a patient depends on confidence. A doctor needs good communication skills to listen and explain. Some doctors are smart but communicate what they are doing poorly, which frustrates the patient. The doctor should be able to explain why they want to do a test or why further testing isn't needed. From your question, it sounds like you need a new doctor. ...Read more