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Why did my psychologist react badly when I said I wanted to see a psychiatrist?

Why did my psychologist react badly when I said I wanted to see a psychiatrist?

Several issues: Without knowing what your problem is or what type of psychologist you're seeing, one can only speculate that the psychologist and you disagreed about the best approach to treatment. Psychiatry usually carries the implication of medication. Some psychologists are quite skeptical of the benefits of medications, at least for certain problems. Yours may have felt you were looking for an "easy out.". ...Read more

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When should I see a psychologist rather than a psychiatrist?

When should I see a psychologist rather than a psychiatrist?

A Sad Split: I agree with dr. Ghanem about the decline in % of psychiatrists who do psychotherapy in their practices. But they do exist -- just ask! for medications, you'll need a psychiatrist. In either case, trust in your psychologist or psychiatrist is crucial -- and feeling that you can discuss concerns openly. More psychologists than psychiatrists do specialized therapies like emdr also. ...Read more

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Please could I ask how regularly patients need to see psychologists /psychiatrists ?

Variable: Usually the patient and the provider decide how often a person will be seen for therapy - weekly isn't uncommon. Some people might be seen every two weeks or once a month. Regarding psychiatric management of medications - once a month is not uncommon. When I am first seeing someone and we are making frequent changes to their med regimen -might see them weekly. The longest period I go without > ...Read more

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What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist and who is ideal to see first?

What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist and who is ideal to see first?

Therapy vs meds: Speaking very generally, most psychologists hold either a PhD or a PsyD degree (I hold both) and practice psychotherapy. Psychiatrists hold either an MD or a DO degree, and they prescribe psychotropic medications, and generally do not do all that much therapy these days, but years ago psychiatrists would do both. If symptoms are severe, see the psychiatrist first. ...Read more

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Please tell me if i go see a psychiatrist or a psychologist about my nightmares?

Psychiatrist: If you see a psychiatrist, s/he can prescribe medications if indicated--for example if nightmares are related to depression, mood or anxiety problems. A psychiatrist, psychologist, or other therapist can help you with psychotherapy that may decrease the nightmares or make them more manageable. ...Read more

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Am i suffering from depression and should I see a psychiatrist or psychologist?

Am i suffering from depression and should I see a psychiatrist or psychologist?

Severity: Get a psychiatric evaluation to determine severity of symptoms of depression. Medications may be warranted. Also find a reputable psychotherapist to help you figure out what depression means to you, and how to better deal with it. Optimally medication and therapy together works best. ...Read more

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I have a lot of mental problems, should I see psychologist or psychiatrist?

I have a lot of mental problems, should I see psychologist or psychiatrist?

You can start with : Either. Usually both psychiatrists and psychologists can do comprehensive diagnostic exams. The psychologist may refer you to a psychiatrist if you need psychotropic medications ; the psychiatrist could refer you to a psychologist for talking therapy. ...Read more

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If you have bipolar illness do you see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?

If you have bipolar illness do you see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?

Psychiatrist/both: A psychiatrist has the medical training to allow medication prescribing which is necessary for most bipolar pts. Psychologists can provide excellent adjunctive psychotherapy which can help you to learn better coping skills and overcome bad habits. ...Read more

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Which would be better to see for health anxiety(hypochondria) a psychiatrist or psychologist? Its gotten bad and i need my life back

Which would be better to see for health anxiety(hypochondria) a psychiatrist or psychologist? Its gotten bad and i need my life back

They can work: hand - in - hand. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often the most effective approach to treating hypochondria. Psychoeducation and exposure therapy have been used as well as treatment with antidepressant medications when warranted. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist? Which would be the better one to see about health anxiety(hypochondria)?

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist? Which would be the better one to see about health anxiety(hypochondria)?

Therapy vs meds: Speaking very generally, most psychologists hold either a PhD or a PsyD degree (I hold both) and practice psychotherapy. Psychiatrists hold either an MD or a DO degree, and they prescribe psychotropic medications, and generally do not do all that much therapy these days, but years ago psychiatrists would do both. If symptoms are severe, see the psychiatrist first. ...Read more

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