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If you have bipolar illness do you see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Bipolar
Both. Psychologist for counseling.
Psychiatrist for medication management/psychotherapy.

In brief: Bipolar
Both. Psychologist for counseling.
Psychiatrist for medication management/psychotherapy.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Added comment
You may also want to be in a support group or in group therapy.
Help from your fellow patients can be an additional therapeutic step.

In brief: Added comment
You may also want to be in a support group or in group therapy.
Help from your fellow patients can be an additional therapeutic step.
Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Eval
Get a full psychiatric evaluation for bipolar disorder.
If bipolar disorder is found, then medications, typically mood stabilizers will be prescribed. Therapy is also strongly indicated. If The evaluation is negative for bipolar disorder, medication still may be needed. In that case therapy is also strongly indicated.

In brief: Eval
Get a full psychiatric evaluation for bipolar disorder.
If bipolar disorder is found, then medications, typically mood stabilizers will be prescribed. Therapy is also strongly indicated. If The evaluation is negative for bipolar disorder, medication still may be needed. In that case therapy is also strongly indicated.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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