Jesse96

343d

I have depression and anxiety, since my gp diagnosed me my therapist has discouraged me from seeking out a psychiatrist, is this normal?

Depression

Anxiety (Including GAD)

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  • Jaiden_M

    343d

    No! Psychiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. And even if yours are manageable without medication, it’s still good to see a specialist to make sure your treatment plan is right for you!

  • AJ00

    343d

    from personal experience, definitely not!! my gp tried her best but at the end of the day suggested heavily i go to a psychiatrist since that's what they do for a living.

  • i_like_big_mutts

    343d

    I would be wary of a therapist that discouraged me from seeing a psychiatrist. Therapists and psychiatrists do different things and can both be important to someone’s care. If you want to see a psychiatrist, you should absolutely do so, don’t let anyone hold you back from getting the care you deserve.

  • jdubz

    343d

    i think it depends. sometimes people prefer to try therapy by itself first before adding medication. if you think you’d benefit more with both, then either try to tell your therapist that or try to find a new therapist.

  • RK

    343d

    I think it’s definitely important to see a psychiatrist. My GP misdiagnosed me and put me on medication that set my progress back by weeks. If you want to get a prescription from a psychiatrist and then continue with a GP afterwards to save money once you’re already set in a medication regiment that’s fine, but please please PLEASE go to a psychiatrist first

  • Bunnybunz

    342d

    I had a similar issue thats called neglect look for someone who likes to help people like us

  • marshfroggie

    342d

    that is super weird, get a new therapist

  • Jade1

    342d

    Wait, what? I've never heard of this before. Psychiatrists are medical doctors that specialize in mental health treatment. You need to see another therapist.

  • Jade1

    342d

    For the record, a former psychiatrist wouldn't see me unless I worked with a therapist who specialized in DBT. I would heed the advice from an MD.

  • Ms.MisfitMagician

    342d

    Um no... They should be encouraging or sending you a referral to one, if anything...

  • DanniRenard

    342d

    I dont think that's normal, unless you already had it prescribed through a psychiatrist your general practitioner should not be prescribing you mental health medication and neither should a General therapist or counselor. They might have personal preferences that medication isn't the best but they shouldn't be putting that on you. Medications are mint to assist you, while it's true a lot of people with mental health disorders wind-up on medication for life that's not what the system is supposed to be. They're supposed to assist you to make the lifestyle changes you need and then you're supposed to wean yourself off of them when you don't need them as much (notes this is for some and not all mental health illnesses). Like how truthfully diet and exercise are the two biggest changes you can make to affect and alleviate depression, it is proven.

  • DanniRenard

    342d

    I just can never leave a short comment my apologies lol

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