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What is the best way to ask my doctor for a referral to a psychologist?

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Dr. Cheryl Wilczak
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cheryl Wilczak
Dr. Cheryl Wilczak
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Blunt and honest

I would just be blunt and honest about your issues and ask for a referral.
If for some reason you cannot obtain one, you can call your local hospital and see if they have anyone on staff.

In brief: Blunt and honest

I would just be blunt and honest about your issues and ask for a referral.
If for some reason you cannot obtain one, you can call your local hospital and see if they have anyone on staff.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Openly and honestly

Simply ask. The physician is there to serve your best interest.
If you feel that counseling with a psychologist would benefit you, simply express that to your physician in confidence. You may feel uncomfortable bringing it up, but remember that we deal with these topics daily and nothing ask is going to surprise us.

In brief: Openly and honestly

Simply ask. The physician is there to serve your best interest.
If you feel that counseling with a psychologist would benefit you, simply express that to your physician in confidence. You may feel uncomfortable bringing it up, but remember that we deal with these topics daily and nothing ask is going to surprise us.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Dr. Craig Keathley
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Symptoms

Describe the symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor. Ask him or her for a referral to a reputable psychologist.
If the symptoms are severe, also ask your doctor for referral for a reputable psychiatrist who can do a complete evaluation, with possible suggestions for medication.

In brief: Symptoms

Describe the symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor. Ask him or her for a referral to a reputable psychologist.
If the symptoms are severe, also ask your doctor for referral for a reputable psychiatrist who can do a complete evaluation, with possible suggestions for medication.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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