psychologist vs. psychiatrist

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falling apart
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   Posted 1/6/2009 2:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. I feel like my posting on here looking for answers and perspective is going to end up being all for naught since things have taken a serious turn for the worse...... but I still want the knowledge, so I will keep asking the questions.

Since my husband and I separated, I have been hopeful and encouraged that he sees a new psychiatrist this week. My hope has always been that once he stabilized (or came out of his manic state) and I got some counseling, we may have the tools to make our marriage work. The way things were before the separation was toxic to all of us (me, husband and 3 kids). Well, come to find out, he has an appointment with a psychologist this week. Not a psychiatrist.

Will a psychologist be equipped to treat him for his BPD? His current GP has him off the charts messed up with medication. This new "doctor" was truly my last hope -- but he is no doctor........Should I remain hopeful that a psychologist will be able to get his BPD under control? Or is it "hopeless" until he sees a psychiatrist?

Thanks for your candid replies and helpful insight. I am afraid I am just too late getting the understanding I needed years ago.

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   Posted 1/6/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
It's not hopeless, but it's not good either -- it's just like he's seeing a counselor, not a doctor. The psychologist can't prescribe medications. That truly is disappointing. I'm sorry.

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falling apart
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   Posted 1/6/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's some better news.........I found out today that I live in a state that allows properly trained psychologists to prescribe medication for mental illness!!!! Thank the Lord! Since Hurricane Katrina, trying to see a psychiatrist around here takes FOREVER! Nad most of them just write the scrip and move you through like cattle.

With a psychologist who can prescribe medication, he may on the right track after all. Of course, he has completely derailed our marriage. But, at least he may get healthy and have a shot at a good relationship with our kids.

That brings to mind a whole other set of circumstances and questions I will start a new thread about.

Thanks a bunch!

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   Posted 1/6/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Something like breaking up is hard to do? Stay positive BUT you keep mentioning your children. From my own personal experience, this is where the psychologist and psychiatrist will start. You may hear some disturbing information on this being the worst thing you could possibly do, at least I did. I was told (Even though I desperately wanted my family/marriage to STAY together) it was better to let go in the long run for both parties and especially the children's sake. I pray everything works out for you and your family.

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