Post Edited (MDdave) : 12/28/2007 3:26:01 PM (GMT-7)
This is true but PCP are not trained to look at the two bi polar/depression and you could suffer with Bipolar and not have your doc pick up on it for years or at all.
I went to my PCP for two years with depression and yes they will give you meds but not much if any evaluation is done they just hand out pills, now I know each Doc is different but if it were me and I had to do it all over again I would go to a psychiatrist and get diagnosed first.
Its not a bad thing to go see a psychiatrist, I just think it is a stigma for most but hey this guy is a train expert in dealing with mental health issues (depression is one) not your PCP....its your brain go to the right Doc first and let him listen to your problems, a PCP doesn't have time to sit and listen they just hand out pscirp's and leave you to figure out the rest of your wellbeing.
Post Edited (MDdave) : 12/30/2007 8:34:05 AM (GMT-7)
Good Morning Muppet,
You have received lots of great answers and support in your thread. I see the members all telling you to please follow up with your physician and if you need to follow through with a Pdoc, then your physician will help you find one.
I had to wait 5 months to get an appointment with a new Pdoc and many don't take new patients. I am in the midwest. You can usually get a therapist easier but again, your PCP can coordinate some of this for you.
As far as what type of depression you may have, unipolar or bipolar, that is for the physicians to decide.
For now just get to the doctor and talk to him/her. Please keep posting and know we care.