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I find psychiatrists only want to give prescriptions vs helping in the real sense.... Is this true?
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: They want to help
When i started in psychiatry over 50 years ago there were few meds and we thought only analysis got to the root of the problems.
Lithium changed things--a natural salt that controlled a major psychiatric illness.The penduluum swung toward medicine. It's still in this direction and since you have to be an md to prescribe psychiatrists are associated with meds psychiatrists are also ttherapists.

In brief: They want to help
When i started in psychiatry over 50 years ago there were few meds and we thought only analysis got to the root of the problems.
Lithium changed things--a natural salt that controlled a major psychiatric illness.The penduluum swung toward medicine. It's still in this direction and since you have to be an md to prescribe psychiatrists are associated with meds psychiatrists are also ttherapists.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Dr. Douglas Bey
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Dr. William Dailey
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Psychiatrists evaluate and treat psychiatric illnesses using a wide variety of modalities.
Many times they refer to other practitioners more adept at helping in ways other than prescription drugs. Medication are often a useful part of comprehensive psychiatric care.

In brief: No
Psychiatrists evaluate and treat psychiatric illnesses using a wide variety of modalities.
Many times they refer to other practitioners more adept at helping in ways other than prescription drugs. Medication are often a useful part of comprehensive psychiatric care.
Dr. William Dailey
Dr. William Dailey
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Dr. Eric Anderson
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Drug-Hapy Docs
Unfortunately, it is true that many in our field prescribe medications without getting to know our patents better. Many psychiatrists still conduct psychotherapy as well as providing medications.
But, some patients actually prefer drugs to "talk-therapy." in the end, it boils down to finding a psychiatrist you feel comfortable with, one who listens to you and prescribes only when it is appropriate.

In brief: Drug-Hapy Docs
Unfortunately, it is true that many in our field prescribe medications without getting to know our patents better. Many psychiatrists still conduct psychotherapy as well as providing medications.
But, some patients actually prefer drugs to "talk-therapy." in the end, it boils down to finding a psychiatrist you feel comfortable with, one who listens to you and prescribes only when it is appropriate.
Dr. Eric Anderson
Dr. Eric Anderson
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Dr. Seema Patel
I agree and feel patients need to be more empowered to find doctors that work with them. If not happy, always get a second opinion. You will know when you find the right person
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