Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Social Worker?

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pinch weasel
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   Posted 1/26/2011 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been seeing my PCP for depression and anxiety. He has been trying me on different meds and has also suggested I talk to someone. He referred me to a medical group but didn't specify who to see. They booked me with a clinical social worker that specializes in depression and anxiety. Are they qualified? They also have licensed psychologists. Should I be seeing one of those? What about a psychiatrist since I have been trying different meds and he might know more than my PCP? Who is best for me to see?

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   Posted 1/26/2011 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Pinch Weasel, (like your name, by the way)

Some on the forum think there's nothing like psychiatrists because they are generally caring and perceptive and capable of diagnosing a condition very quickly and of prescribing proper medication on the spot.

Others have suggested that their psychiatrist just prescribed medications and had the patient see another specialist for verbal help with any problem.

There is for some the problem of a psychiatrist's being more expensive in the management of illness than a clinical worker or psychologist.

If you have insurance that will cover at least 12 psychiatric visits within one 12-month period, that would be my choice. I've always found these specialists to be very intense listeners, good responders, and
very capable with the medications prescribed for an illness.

You have my best effort on this, although I always see a psychiatrist only for the reasons just mentioned.

Keep us posted on how you get along, won't you?

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Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 1/26/2011 7:23:35 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/26/2011 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
agree with it's genetic, although my psychiatric appts are via referal nowadays from my gp, got one on the 25th of feb, however i see a social worker fortnightly. take care, with compassion, jamie.


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   Posted 1/27/2011 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
My psychiatrist only prescribes my meds. I talk to a psychologist. but a social worker is good too. They are all good to see. So take it one step at a time and just start. Don't worry about who is qualified for what. Just start. It can't hurt.

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   Posted 1/27/2011 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
same here as getting by, psychiatrist for meds and psychologist for talk therapy. Seems to work great fo rme!
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   Posted 1/27/2011 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I think the most important thing is finding a mental health care professional that you like and that you feel comfortable with.  Sometimes the set up for therapy/meds depends on insurance and such.
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