can pdoc diagnose just talking to patient?

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   Posted 9/11/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Some of you know me, some of you are too new. My husband (previously said to have scizzoaffective bi-polar) supposedly got a diagnosis of seratonin absorption disorder. I have tried to speak with his doctor- if only to have him listen to me- I know that he can't tell me anything without my husband's permission- and he won't talk to me, and didn't talk to our previous therapist. Can he really make a diagnosis in one meeting without getting any input from the people around my husband?!! My husband does not think that he has any problems. This is so exasperating. He won't let me speak to the doctor unless I drop our separation papers. We have a staus conference tomorrow morning, and he will divorce if I don't drop it. He has been on the new meds for about a month, but I see no changes. Any advice appreciated.

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   Posted 9/11/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mom2four,

Sorry to hear you're still struggling with this.

You know I'm no doctor, so take this as coming strictly from an amateur. From what I can find on the web, there IS nothing called "seratonin absorption disorder." It is not unusual to have seratonin absorbtion problems. Both depression and bipolar depression particularly can be attributed to problems with seratonin absorption. There IS a condition called Seratonin Syndrome, which is linked to seratonin toxicity. This is when the brain has too many SSRI's (antidepressants) and is absorbing TOO MUCH seratonin.

Here is a link which talks about the diagnosis of Seratonin Syndrome and how it's treated.

I see your husband continues to manipulate you. Stay strong. DO NOT DROP IT. He will only get sicker if you allow him to pretend there's nothing wrong. You're going to need your bravery and strength. Please continue coming here. We'll support you whenever you need it.

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