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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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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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My tsh is low 0.007 and the doctor can not figure out why. I have been waiting for a referral to endo. My PCP asked if I wanted him to put me on meds?

My tsh is low 0.007 and the doctor can not figure out why. I have been waiting for a referral to endo. My PCP asked if I wanted him to put me on meds?

Thyroid ultrasound: A TSH is screening test for hypo and hyperthyroidism. A low TSH in your case is indicative of hyperthyroidism, not hypothyroidism. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in young female is Graves Disease. You should definitely NOT be put on any medication (such as synthroid) and need to follow up with an endocrinologist and get a thyroid ultrasound and appropriate lab/serology tests. ...Read more

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Can i ring the doctors and ask for a referral to breast clinic? Had docs appointment wednesday and she said to wait two weeks? Hard mass worried

Can i ring the doctors and ask for a referral to breast clinic? Had docs appointment wednesday and she said to wait two weeks? Hard mass worried

Try to relax: The risk of breast cancer in a 20 Y.O. Is low. Never even heard of it much less it presenting as a hard mass. Likely a fibroadenoma, very common. If you overreact you may end up getting over treated. You do not have cancer at 20 in the breast. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a fungus infection in your foot, in the nails? what does it mean when its red? im going to ask for a referral to a foot doctor

How to get rid of a fungus infection in your foot, in the nails? what does it mean when its red? im going to ask for a referral to a foot doctor

Good plan: It is a good plan to seek out a podiatrist for this problem . Fungal infections of the nails and feet are common and there are significant remedies that a podiatrist can help you with. ...Read more

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I need a referral to a doctor.wjo.coukd treat my adhd, depression, mild OCD and severe tourettes?

I need a referral to a doctor.wjo.coukd treat my adhd, depression, mild OCD and severe tourettes?

Psychiatry: Your best bet is to see a psychiatrist and a psychologist for the treatment of these disorders. You can locate these professionals nearby using the tools on www.psychiatry.org - or - if you have insurance, your best bet is to check with the physician locator on your insurance plans website. Hope that helps! ...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

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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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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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