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How are emergency room and general practice doctors qualified in diagnosing and prescribing drugs for mental health?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine
17 doctors agree

In brief: Training

Er docs are trained to stabilize emergencies, which frequently include mental health crisis, but er drs don't generally do ongoing care.
Family docs train for several years on the basic management of common mental health issues and in many communities are the most accessible source of care. If needed, both er &fam drs can also refer to or work with psychiatrists &therapists.

In brief: Training

Er docs are trained to stabilize emergencies, which frequently include mental health crisis, but er drs don't generally do ongoing care.
Family docs train for several years on the basic management of common mental health issues and in many communities are the most accessible source of care. If needed, both er &fam drs can also refer to or work with psychiatrists &therapists.
Dr. Leto Quarles
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Dr. Steven Hill
Many family physicians have extensive experience in treating depression. I think most would love to have psychiatrists manage all these patients but not practical with the shortage of mental health professionals.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Both ER docs

And family practice docs both spend time learning about mental health problems, though certainly not as much as psychiatrists.
And in practice, they certainly see patients with mental health problems. Some even have working relationships with psychiatrists for consultation and referral.

In brief: Both ER docs

And family practice docs both spend time learning about mental health problems, though certainly not as much as psychiatrists.
And in practice, they certainly see patients with mental health problems. Some even have working relationships with psychiatrists for consultation and referral.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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