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Hi Knitter

Very few psychiatrists actually do therapy. They do mainly only deal with meds. A psychologist does therapy, so basically if you want to go the therapy route you do need two docs. A psychiatrist for meds and a psychologist for therapy.

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I have heard the same thing - psychologists counsel, psychiatrists only prescribe medications. Stinks to me, but then again I like the old joke "why is space a vacumn - because our whole planet sucks"

Advice - you gotta go with the flow - talk to your psychologists to get to the root of your problems and see the psychiatrist to get proper medications - theres no other choice, except you might

find a kind general practioner who has 15 to 20 minutes to talk about your problem (like mine) and can prescribe drugs. Mine is great but I still gotta do the two others for certain reasons.

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Psychiatrists are basically doctors who specialize in psychology and psychotrophic medications, this is the one who should diagnose you and manage your medication needs, not preform therapy. While a general practictioner has knowledge about these drugs and conditions, they are not as up to date with current research and new drugs as a specialist in this area would be. Its like if you have constant soar throat, a general doctor can help somewhat, but in the long run a ear/nose/and throat doctor is the best one to help you medically in that area. A psychologist on the other hand is the one who helps you change thoughts and behaviors or learn new skills to overcome problems or prevent future ones.

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  • 2 years later...

Yes you may have to have two doctors unfortunately. My 1st great doctor was trained in both which is the ideal situation, therefore your therapy sessions and strategies discussed in those session can complement your medication treatment plan. Unfortunately in our society many people prefer to just get the "happy pill" and deal just with the psychologists. I knew this was becoming more wide spread when you see those anti depression commercials of sad onions bouncing around that suddenly becoming happy with Wellbutron or whatever new "prozac is out there". This is typical in our nature to treat symptoms but never do root cause analysis to actually treat the disease. If you had the flu your whole life would you really be satisfied with taking some nasal flow and Allegra with a myriad of side effects? I'd imagine you would want to know why you were having the flu all the time and how to fix it, that is where the therapy comes into play. Without both parts of the treatment I believe you are not effectively treating depression. You are not getting to down to the bottom of it. I do believe in the disease process but I also believe therapy is required to complement the medication. This way you can eventually function with minimal medications. That is my goal anyway.

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